Ram B1500, B2500, B3500, 1999-2003

CV-Joints

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Inspection



The CV (Constant Velocity) boots should be checked for damage each time the oil is changed and any other time the vehicle is raised for service. These boots keep water, grime, dirt and other damaging matter from entering the CV-joints. Any of these could cause early CV-joint failure that can be expensive to repair. Heavy grease thrown around the inside of the front wheel(s) and on the brake caliper/drum can be an indication of a torn boot. Thoroughly check the boots for missing clamps and tears. If the boot is damaged, it should be replaced immediately. Please refer to "Suspension And Steering" for procedures.



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Fig. A torn boot should be replaced immediately



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Fig. CV-boots must be inspected periodically for damage

Overhaul



Inner CV-Joint & Boot
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Axle halfshaft from the vehicle
     
    Inner tripod joint boot clamps
     
    Tripod joint housing
     
    Snapring
     
    Circlip
     
    Tripod joint
     

  4.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new snaprings, clips, and boot clamps for assembly.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Tripod joint
     
    Circlip
     
    Snapring
     
    Tripod joint housing
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the tripod joint housing and boot with grease and tighten the boot clamps.
  4.  
  5. Install the axle halfshaft.
  6.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Axle halfshaft from the vehicle
     
    Inner tripod joint boot clamps
     
    Tripod joint housing
     
    Snapring
     
    Circlip
     
    Tripod joint
     

  4.  

To install:


NOTE
Use new snaprings, clips, and boot clamps for assembly.

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Tripod joint
     
    Circlip
     
    Snapring
     
    Tripod joint housing
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the tripod joint housing and boot with grease and tighten the boot clamps.
  4.  
  5. Install the axle halfshaft.
  6.  

Outer CV-Joint
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Axle halfshaft from the vehicle
     
    CV-joint boot and clamps
     
    Snapring
     
    CV-joint
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    CV-joint
     
    Snapring
     
    CV-joint boot and clamps
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the joint housing and boot with grease and tighten the boot clamps.
  4.  
  5. Install the axle halfshaft.
  6.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Axle halfshaft from the vehicle
     
    CV-joint boot and clamps
     
    Snapring
     
    CV-joint
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    CV-joint
     
    Snapring
     
    CV-joint boot and clamps
     

  2.  
  3. Fill the joint housing and boot with grease and tighten the boot clamps.
  4.  
  5. Install the axle halfshaft.
  6.  

 
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