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2005 ford Mustang front driver-side CV boot replacement

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First post here. I found some excellent tips and guides on this forum for replacing my thermostat housing that was leaking fluid. It's been a major help so i figured I come with another question.

In the process of draining my coolant before replacing the t-stat housing, my friend and I noticed my CV Boot on my drivers side (front) has come loose. It looks a little torn and I was looking to just replace the part. I looked and found the replacement for around $20 at a couple places.

My question is: Is this a hard part to replace? And does anyone have any info/tips/guides to replacing it?

In light of how smoothly replacing the thermostat housing is going, I would love to do this myself as well if it is possible.

Thanks in advance!

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welcome to the forums. i hope you found my writeup on the t stat housing not sure about the boot, someone else might chime in, but i`ll look in my book later and see what i can find. enjoy the forums


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Thanks for the welcome, amustangrocks. I'll be sure and chime in on the thermostat housing thread when i'm all done with that part; just to let everyone know how it went. Thanks again!
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You're probably referring to the rack & pinion boot? A front driver's side CV boot would only happen on a front-wheel-drive vehicle. A Mustang may have had a rear CV joint, or perhaps one in the driveshaft.

They're pretty easy to replace, but you'll need to remove the tie-rod end as well as the nut from the tie rod. Carefully marking the original location of both can help you avoid an alignment.
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remove he wheel. remove the tie rod end. remove the steering gear boot clamps. the outer clamp on the boot can be removed with pliars. the inner clamp must be cut off.

some boots have small vents. make sure to note the position of the vents if it has them. before installing the new boot, wrap the threads and serations on the end of the inner tie rod with tape so the small end of the new boot isnt damaged.

slide the new boot into position on the steering gear until it seats n the groove in the steering gear and install new clamps. remove the tape from the inner tie rod and install the tie rod end.

like said, mark the thread location before you take it apart so you get it back exactly like it was.

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I would think tearing the new boot when you slide it over the tierod ends would be the hardest part of the job. Please note that there is a special tool to tighten the band in the big end of the boot, but side cutters or claw plyers can be used as a sunstitute.

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