Rather than taking your car to a mechanic to have the CV joints or boots repaired or replaced. You can easily perform the work at home as long as you have the right parts and tools. CV boot clamp pliers also have other uses. An informed consumer can now learn the different uses of CV boot clamp pliers, how to maintain them, and how to purchase them on eBay.
In order to use CV boot clamp pliers, the CV boot clamp has to be aligned in a channel on the CV boot. The channels are located at either end of the boot, and are used to give the clamp a place to tighten down onto the boot without making it crimp.
Once the boot clamp is aligned, slide the nipple underneath the locking tab (otherwise known as the ear), continue sliding until the nipple lines up with the hole located at the end of the CV clamp. In order for the clamp to be held correctly, the inner ear should fit into the outer ear.
Once the inner ear is in place, open the jaws of the CV boot clamp pliers by spreading the handles. When you put the jaws of the pliers on either edge of the outer ear area the angled jaws on the CV boot clamp pliers hold the ear near its connection to the band on the boot clamp. The boot clamp pliers are fitted with a metal piece, which attaches to the hinge in between the jaws. When correctly placed over the clamp, this bar sits on the middle part of the ear.
When the CV boot clamp is correctly placed around the CV boot, gently squeeze the handles until the sides of the ear fit alongside the metal bar. When properly tightened, the ear of the boot clamp has a raised section around a lower area, and resembles a human ear.
In most cases, a CV joint lasts an extremely long time and requires no maintenance. However, if the CV gaiter or CV boot is damaged, the protective grease comes out, and dirt and moisture can enter the joint causing it to wear faster. If the CV boot is not repaired or replaced, the entire CV joint can fall out because of corrosion and lack of lubrication. One of the first signs of a damaged CV boot is grease splatters on the inside of the rims and on the inside of a drive wheel. Because of this, the CV boot should be checked regularly for signs of wear and tear or damage. If a damaged CV boot is found early enough, it is easily replaced by using a CV boot repair kit.
CV boot clamp pliers are a useful addition to any mechanic's tool box as they can be used for many different jobs including: installing clamps on other components such as fuel filters, water pumps, and various different hoses. Many CV boot clamps work in conjunction with a torque wrench which allows the band to be tightened down as securely as possible. This is often required by stainless steel bands.
Because CV boots are packed with grease, the CV boot clamp pliers, and other tools quickly become dirty. Before putting them back into the tool box, wipe off any excess grease with a shop rag or paper towel. Once as much grease as possible has been removed, spray the pliers liberally with an all-purpose degreaser and scrub with a brush to remove any remaining grease. Once the pliers are clean, rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly before spraying with a lubricant and returning to the tool box.
Buying CV boot clamp pliers from eBay is as simple as typing in "CV boot clamp pliers" in the search bar located on every eBay page. Once the search returns some results, sort the listings for more specific terms such as new or used, particular brands, and by price. This can help you determine a seller's reputation and which seller has the best products and prices. When you own a set of CV boot clamp pliers, you are able to perform repairs to both the CV boots and the CV joints quickly and efficiently.