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It is vitally important during any service procedures requiring boot handling, that care be taken not to puncture or tear the boot by overtightening clamps, misuse of tool(s) or pinching the boot. Pinching can occur by rotating the CV joints (especially the tripod) beyond normal working angles.
The driveshaft boots are not compatible with oil, gasoline, or cleaning solvents. Care must be taken that the boots never come into contact with any of these liquids.
The ONLY acceptable cleaning agent for driveshaft boots is soap and water. After washing, the boot must be thoroughly rinsed and dried before reusing.
Chrysler recommends inspecting the CV-boots at every oil change (every 3,000 miles or 4,800 km). However, a good rule of thumb is that, if the vehicle needs to be raised for any procedure, check the CV-boots. Noticeable amounts of grease on areas adjacent to or on the exterior of the CV joint boot is the first indication that a boot is punctured, torn or that a clamp has loosened. When a CV joint is removed for servicing of the joint, the boot should be properly cleaned and inspected for cracks, tears and scuffed areas on the interior surfaces. If any of these conditions exist, boot replacement is recommended.
For removal and installation procedures, refer to halfshaft procedures located in Drive Train .