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Hello all,

I just found this today that my sienna has some oil leakage around the CV Axle area although I didn't see boot cracks. Do I have to press the boot in order to verify the crack?

Question 1> Can I just replace the boot and rebuild the CV Axle?

Question 2> How hard is the work to remove the driver's side CV Axle?
Are there any special tips I need to follow?

Question 3> Is there an alternative clamp tool that I can use for this job?

Does the homedepot one work?

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I think changing the complete axle is better, you can based on your possibility buy it original or the option of aurozone or advance auto, I have also tried used ones with low mileage and they work perfectly, the option to rebuild is not a bad option but I don't know if you do that work, they prefer to change than to repair.
 

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Hello all,

I saw this for an early version of sienna(06 AWD Sienna - Passenger Side CV Axle Replacement).

Question> Do I need to replace transfer-case oil? I just did a transfer case oil replacement a month ago.
My understanding is that the job only affects transmission oil because some of the oil will leak out through the axle hole. Is that correct?

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I just did both CVs on my '11 AWD a couple of months ago when I saw the boots leaking. Driver's side was a piece of cake (popped right out with very little persuasion - couple of taps at the wheel hub end and a good yank out of the transmission). I didn't have any transmission fluid leakage.

Passenger side was a complete and total PITA. It's not the same bearing as in the FWD version, but there is still a bearing and it still can get rusted into place badly. Slide hammer did next to nothing and eventually just split the CV at the joint. Had to find a place to essentially wail on it from behind with a heavy hammer and eventually got it broken free (I believe I used a big pickle fork against the shaft housing and hit that with the heavy hammer repeatedly). I found out later about the Transfer Case/Tranny mixing possibility on the passenger side - hopefully it wasn't a big issue (I sold the van shortly after I did this job).

I don't have a lift but do have a quickjack, so that was my only saving grace.

Edit: I think that the whole shaft was less than $100 from Rock Auto, boots are out of stock, so I'm not sure how that compares price-wise with the rebuild option.
 

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Hello,

I will first try to rebuild the CV Axls since the OEM will cost around $400 and the kit only costs around $50.
I have watched a few YouTube videos but none of them have the same look as my front driver-side CV Axls.
The driver-side CV Axls has a round piece near the inner boot, so I don't know how I can remove the outer boot if that
piece is in the middle of the shaft.

If anyone has experience with installing the outer boot, please share your comments.

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Tonight, I got a chance to carefully inspect the driver side inner CV boot area, I cannot see any obvious location where those oil spit out and all rubber boot looks in good shape.

Any suggestion?

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