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Question CV Joint pics, what now?

Hi all, my boot ripped open so I'm repacking my cv joints. All of the balls look good, but this part of the joint does not (at least to me). There wasnt any knocking or any other issues that I knew of before finding the boot torn. Is this acceptable, or does this require a replacement? Obviously, it was working before, so I guess I could just put it back together, but I want your opinions, thanks.

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whoops, forgot the pic

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That joint is worn. It should be replaced.
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Ya, I can tell it's worn, but will it last another 5 years? Does it need to be replaced now?
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Mine were in worse shape than yours and made no noises I only dismantled everything to replace boot and repack. These are fairly cheap parts and while they are apart I would replace them.
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That thing is dead. The steel has a surface treatment to keep it as hard as possible (nitrited?). When the surface is gone, the CV is gone in a matter of hundreds of miles. This one turned my car into a helicopter noise-wise:

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Ok, sounds like another $80...is it possible to just replace that center piece? The balls are all perfect as is everything else.
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I've used pieces of older CV joints to get a complete assembly for temporary use, and it worked. Supposedly the balls, cages and center piece are matched for precision. If you have spare pieces in good order you could give it a try. Given the trouble one goes to to replace the axles, I would use new matched sets, which should last a long time if you keep an eye on the boots.
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Doubt you'd be able to find CV joint parts. Just replace the joint and have a close look at the others while your greasy..


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Try this: CV Experts, why not flip a CV joint?

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