OK , i have this posted in another forum , which appears to now be dead ( Suzuki4U )
So this was the second time the outer CV boots have torn since owning the ( 2004 alto ) car in 2013. Now admittedly I had been lazy the first time around and got those stretch boots to fit over the CV , about two years ago , which are known to tare due to elasticity - Which I have found this weekend
So instead this time around I got some non stretch versions and went about removing the first drive drive shaft , cutting off the old boot and cleaning it up . ( Drivers Offside - UK ) . All pretty easy to do ( I could post a guide later maybe?) .
Now here comes the hard part - The outer CV joint was to be removed , (in order to slide the new boot over the shaft) , however it took me about 1 hour of whacking with ( gradually heavier hammers ) hammers , starting with a rubber one .
I had the drive shaft ( Offside/ Drivers UK ) put into a vice and continued to hit . Now I have heard from mechanics that a one to a few hits should release it . However as hitting it gently was not getting me results , I had resorted to a heavy 2 lb iron club hammer, even then it was not coming off . Finally I decided that I would probably need to replace the whole CV joint anyway , so I hit it with all my might and BAM it comes off :roll:
Unfortunately the drive cog which holds the bearings had fractured and pieces of it came off , so I will need to replace that. [img]
I did find a replacement CV bearing on India Ebay to ship to UK SUZUKI SJ413 SJ410 CV JOINT OUTER BALL BEARING WITH RACE CAGE & DRIVE COG SIERRA | eBay
Question is : should it have been that difficult to remove the Outer CV joint ? What other way is there to remove it ? Should I have removed the snap ring on the CV spline first , if so how ? I cant honestly see how the snap-ring mates with the CV joint or makes difference when removing . looking closely at the outer Driveshaft spline ( see pictured , cv joint removed ) there is a groove for a snap-ring , however this is on the inside of the spline which suggests it is there to keep the CV Drive cog from moving up onto the inside?
What's more the manual shows a Circlip on the the end of the spline , which :
For one you cannot access due to the CV cup covering it
Secondly there appears to be no other groove
Where else can I get CV joint bearings ? I did not want to wait two weeks for delivery