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Replacing a CV Boot Cost


How Much Does Replacing a CV Boot Cost?

 
low costDIY: $5-$150+ Partsaverage costAverage Professional Install: $150-$600high costLarge/Luxury vehicle: $600-$1,200+
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When a CV boot is cracked, torn or simply fails due to age, it's difficult to determine how long it has been compromised and how much damage has been done to the CV joint. In some cases a repair shop will simply replace the CV boot, but typically the entire CV axle will be replaced with a new or remanufactured axle, because the costs are about the same and the shop might not be willing to guarantee the work unless the entire axle is replaced.

Typical costs:

  • Replacing a CV boot (which is most cases means replacing the axle/shaft) can cost $150-$600, depending on the make, model and type of vehicle, although on some large or luxury vehicles it can cost $600-$1,200 or more. Sometimes a boot and half-axle will be replaced only on one side, but often they are replaced in pairs. On passenger cars, CostHelper readers report paying $165-$300 to replace one axle and boot, at an average cost of $228; or $218-$510 to do both sides, with an average of $414. On SUVs and minivans, CostHelper readers report costs of $137-$300 to do one side, for an average of $219; or $330-$1,258 for both sides, with an average of $577.
  • A do-it-yourself CV boot kit can cost $5-$30, depending on the make, model and type of vehicle, and the project typically takes about three to four hours. A replacement CV axle can cost $50-$150 or more, depending on the vehicle, and the project takes about half an hour. CostHelper readers report paying $12-$23 for DIY replacement of just the CV boot, or $100 for two CV axles with boots, for an average DIY cost of $45. Rocky Mountain Driveline in Denver, CO posts a CV axle price list[1] with costs of $50-$70 for just the part, depending on the year, make and model of vehicle.
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What should be included:
  • A constant velocity axle transmits power from the engine and transmission to drive the vehicle's wheels, allowing the axle to flex with the suspension while continuing to turn the wheels. Each CV axle has two joints; a CV boot surrounds each CV joint, protecting it from dirt and moisture. Rocky Mountain Driveline in Denver, CO provides an overview[2] .
  • CV joints are found in most front-wheel drive vehicles and some rear- and four-wheel drive vehicles. A video by Eric the Car Guy[3] demonstrates how to replace a CV boot, including an explanation of why it makes more economic sense to replace the axle instead of just the boot.
Additional costs:
  • Some shops include a wheel alignment ($20-$400) in the cost of a CV boot/axle replacement, and others charge extra for it. A wheel alignment is not necessarily required after a CV boot/axle replacement, but the conditions that caused problems with the CV boot/axle may have affected the alignment.
Discounts:
  • Some repair shops offer discounts for AAA members[4] .
Shopping for replacing a cv boot:
  • Search for local repair shops through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[5] or the International Automotive Technicians Network[6] .
  • Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[7] .
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[8] .
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Axle, boot replaced
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: JamieP in Hillsboro, OH.Posted: June 12th, 2013 12:06PM
Car Make: PontiacCar Model: G6
Auto Shop: Tire discounter s
Had a hole in the boot and no grease. They fixed axle and boot
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Front left CV boot replacement
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: zoologychic in Mountain View, CA.Posted: May 22nd, 2013 08:05PM
Car Make: 2004 VWCar Model: Beetle
Auto Shop: Advanced Automotive Repair, Inc
CV boot was cracked and leaking oil
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cv axles 89 pathfiner4×4
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: a user in Oklahoma, OK.Posted: January 8th, 2013 02:01PM
Auto Shop: Central Mercedes in Ok
I don't know the price are right or what, I remember the rebuilted CC axle only cost 75$ a piece for 2 it run $ 150 plus labors. I estimate it's for $ 400 is the Max. I am got bending over bad. Well only one time ...I bet u never again.
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CV boot Replaced one Side
Amount: $137.00
Posted by: JME B in Woodstock, GA.Posted: January 4th, 2013 07:01AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: 2006 CRV
Auto Shop: Hennessy Honda
They said that the CV boot was cracked and the oil was leaking onto the Axle, If it continued I would have to replace the Axle too.
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CV Joint replaced on both sides front wheel
Amount: $445.00
Posted by: esyriac in SAN JOSE, CA.Posted: December 30th, 2011 11:12AM
Car Make: VWCar Model: PASSAT 2.0 2006
Auto Shop: Dave's German Auto San Jose
Both cv boots replaced at 60K miles. The dealer was quoting me 650$ for both. Got it replaced at a local shop.
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CV Half Shaft
Amount: $240.00
Posted by: Ewa212 in Flushing, MI.Posted: December 29th, 2011 02:12PM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: 2003 Malibu LS
They had have to replace my CV half shaft and are doing it at a responsible price. I'm not going to have my car for a couple of days but thats okay bc they are including an alignment and tire balance for me in the cost. Also the mechanic is going to look my entire car over to make sure I don't need anything else done. I can't remember the name of the shop but the guys there are really nice they even paid to have my car towed to the shop for me :)
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CV AXLE REPLACEMENT BOTH SIDES
Amount: $1,257.86
Posted by: Goldmaster in Pensacola, FL.Posted: November 21st, 2011 08:11AM
Car Make: ISUZUCar Model: TROOPER
Auto Shop: FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE
The cost estimate provided me to replace both half axles was 1257.86 here in Springfield, VA. I costed out the parts and will do the job myself after watching utube videos!
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Left CV boot
Amount: $165.00
Posted by: Rikky in Kenilworth, NJ.Posted: November 15th, 2011 07:11AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Accord
Auto Shop: Getty - Kenilworth, NJ
Left outer boot cracked and spewing grease. Replacing outer and inner boots for a very reasonable price due to low labor costs.
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cv boot
Amount: $23.00
Posted by: addy92 in hope valley, RI.Posted: August 6th, 2011 10:08AM
Car Make: vwCar Model: passat
Auto Shop: diy
purchased cv boot kit from napa and pulled axle out to replace boot took about two hours
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Got my cv replaced
Amount: $435.00
Posted by: Tanny in Norfolk, VA.Posted: February 3rd, 2011 06:02PM
Car Make: BmwCar Model: X5
Auto Shop: Kramer
I paid 435 for the part an labor. Was that a good price or was that Geat price?
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two new axles
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: pawel in trenton, NJ.Posted: January 27th, 2011 06:01PM
Car Make: KiaCar Model: optima
i did it my self its not worth paying 500 or 600 hundred of dollars i was doing this first time and it wasent too hard just alot of stuff you have to remove
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Axle shaft both sides
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Jabazi in Dallas, TX.Posted: January 21st, 2011 10:01AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: civic
Auto Shop: Ace autocare
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replacing cv axle
Amount: $199.95
Posted by: Red in Madison, WI.Posted: January 19th, 2011 09:01AM
Car Make: 1993Car Model: accord
Auto Shop: CV Pros
Recently had an oil change shop tell me I had an open boot. Called CV Pros got in same day, took about an hour and tech showed me the wear inside the outer joint. Was very pleased! Other shops wanted way more and then charge me for an alignment too!!! CV Pros informed me that if done correctly you do not need an alignment!!! WOW!! Nice to see HONEST shops out there! Oh, and this price included a LIFETIME WARRANTY! (no catches) I am going to take my chev 4x4 there next week, the same Lifetime warranty only 249.95 installed!
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cv boot torn
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: billbo in albuquerque, NM.Posted: January 17th, 2011 06:01PM
Car Make: 2001 subaruCar Model: forrester
49000 miles on 2001 Forrester. Inner boot torn Can I get by replacing just the inner boot.
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One CV boot and alignment
Amount: $380.00
Posted by: Invisi-Van in Cypress, TX.Posted: December 14th, 2010 02:12PM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Quest
Auto Shop: Goodyear Auto Service
One boot was bad (damaged?), $150 parts, $150 labor, $80 for alignment.
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Both front axles
Amount: $330.00
Posted by: wlee in queens, NY.Posted: December 7th, 2010 12:12PM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: 2002 Quest
Auto Shop: Getty
Both front axles replaced; total cost $330.00 parts and labor.
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Front drive shaft boots
Amount: $803.14
Posted by: sherry44 in Mississauga, Other.Posted: November 26th, 2010 07:11PM
Car Make: ToyotaCar Model: 1997 Camry
Auto Shop: Dixie Toyota
recommend both front drive shaft boots replaced at the cost of $803 CAN plus 13% tax!!!
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CV Boot replacement
Amount: $218.00
Posted by: Tkgneiss in Tavares, FL.Posted: November 12th, 2010 08:11AM
Car Make: 1999 FordCar Model: Taurus SE Wagon
Auto Shop: Absolute Auto Repair
Checked boots about a year ago, CV boots were fine, but on recent inspection both boots began leaking. I had them both replaced. At a very reasonable cost
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CV Boot/half shaft, one side
Amount: $235.00
Posted by: Metro Lover in Escondido, CA.Posted: November 10th, 2010 10:11AM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Metro
Auto Shop: Suzuki of Escondido
Right boot is torn. Dealer suggest replacing with a rebuilt half shaft as it's not much more than a boot only replacement. $235 + tax for the one side.
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Axel & Boot
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Kevin McAdams in Sunnyvale, CA.Posted: October 20th, 2010 03:10PM
Car Make: MazdaCar Model: Tribute
Auto Shop: J & L Auto
Boot was cracked and leaking - seems like a fair price for replacing the axel also
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CV boot
Amount: $260.00
Posted by: a user in Stuttgart, Germany, Other.Posted: October 6th, 2010 01:10AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Mondeo
Auto Shop: Ford
Both of the inner CV boots were leaking grease. They were not torn, just old and the rubber was beginning to fail. Had the Ford dealer replace just the boots and the cost was $260. A little pricey, but everything costs more in Germany having to do with cars. I did not think that the price was out of line considering they had to remove the axles to change the boots.
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