boot on cv axle not sitting right and crinkled

just replaced my cv axle and the boot is crinkled and where the clamp is, its not sealed around the bar, its shifted and open and the boot itself looks twisted and is crinkled

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Sounds like the clamp and boot was pulled loose when you were installing the axle. As long as the boot is not torn you should be able to straighten it and using a new clamp or a heavy duty wire tie clamp to hold it on the shaft. If you would like to have this checked, a certified professional from YourMechanic can inspect the system and make any adjustments as needed.

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The Presence Of A Gap

If you take a quick look underneath your car, you can tell if you have a CV axle that isn`t seated correctly. The external CV joint is spaced a few inches from the transmission that connects to the axle by the back of the external CV joint. A properly seated axle would not exhibit this phenomenon.

The most common cause of CV joint failure is from the deterioration and splitting or tearing of the rubber CV Boot. Once split the protective CV joint grease escapes and dirt, road grime and water can enter the joint and cause the CV joint to wear rapidly and fail prematurely.
Wrong Axle, Bad Engineering

If the axle is too long, it can cause the CV or plunge joint to bottom out and damage the surfaces of the balls, bearings and races. If it`s too short, the axle could pull out of the plunge joint under certain conditions.

If you are referring to the front cv axles they can have a small amount of play in them. The inner joint can have a small amount of in and out movement as well as some up and down movement. It should not move at the outer joint. If it does then there may be a failure.
One indication of a torn boot is grease spots under the front axle or grease splattered on or around the inward-facing side of a wheel. Among the indications that a CV joint or axle has been damaged is a clicking or popping noise when turning, or vibrations at highway speeds.
Many drivers are not aware that the performance of their vehicle`s wheel system is basically dependent on the condition of the CV joints and car axles. These components are involved in the steering, driving, and braking of the vehicle, linking the power from the engine to the wheels.
If no noise is present and only the CV boot is broken, you can replace just the CV boot. Tip: Before you install a new axle, check the CV joints (even when the boot is broken) and see if they are worth saving. If you need to replace the CV axle completely, the new CV axle will come with the boots already installed.
CV axle boots last for quite some time (80,000 miles) and are not items needing periodic replacement. But you absolutely should inspect them at least once a year, or even more often on cars with high mileage. They are most affected by prolonged off-road driving or heavy use in transportation-industry conditions.
The CV joints, or axles, are covered by a sealed plastic or rubber “boot”. The purpose of the boot is keeping dirt and moisture out. They also enclose the grease packed around the joint, which serves to lubricate the moving parts.
If you drive a car with a damaged CV, the joint will disintegrate further, making driving impossible. You`ll not be able to control the vehicle and may get involved in an accident.
Loose axle nuts can become a serious problem. When the axle nut is loose it allows the wheel bearing to shift back and forth which can cause damage and cause the wheel bearing to fail. When the axle nut is installed properly it is staked so it cannot come back off, though it could still become loose.
Typical inboard CV joints provide a plunge movement of about 50mm and a maximum articulation angle of about 22 to 31 degrees (depending on make and model). A clicking or popping noise is indicative of a worn or damaged outer CV joint. One way to confirm this is to drive the vehicle in reverse (in a circle).
CV axles or constant velocity axles are used in front-wheel drive cars to connect the vehicle`s transmission to the wheels, thereby providing acceleration and speed.
The part that simultaneously enables the axle to flex while transmitting the driving force is called a drive axle joint, and is also known as a constant velocity (or CV) joint. The CV Boot is a ribbed, rubber flexible boot that keeps water and dirt out of the joint and the special grease inside the joint.
Over time, with exposure to the elements a CV boot can become dry or brittle and crack or tear. When a CV boot cracks or tears it will usually leak grease onto the inside of the wheel. Often times the grease can also be flung onto the chassis or other parts on the underside of the vehicle as the CV axle turns.
Typically no, it does not locate the wheel in any way, it simply drives it. However it can contribute to early suspension component wear if the grease gets on suspension bushings causing them to swell and prematurely wear.
Yes, many of the points that control alignment are touched as you do an axle replacement.
Steering rack boots or steering gear boots essentially perform the same function of CV boots – except that they perform it for the steering rack instead of the CV joint. There are two steering rack boots on a steering rack, one on either end.
A quality product like Loctite Shoe Glue is best for any shoe because its flexible formulation bonds a variety of materials. In fact, it`s the glue of choice for many repair shops. Since it bonds, seals, and repairs, it saves you time and money.
Greases containing moly are recommended for roller bearings subjected to very heavy loads and shock loading, especially in slow or oscillating motion such as found in universal joints and CV joints.
Red Line CV-2 Grease can be used in a wide range of applications at temperatures ranging between -100°F to 500°F and provides good oxidation and corrosion resistance, low evaporation and oil separation, and has a minimum effect on rubber seals.
CV axles can last a long time but will eventually wear out. If CV joints fail, the effect is immediate and sometimes dangerous, since power will no longer transfer from the engine to the tires.
Can a bad CV axle cause a loss of power? Your car will start to pull to one side as one wheel loses power if a CV joint starts to fail while you`re driving. Even though the engine may continue to operate after the joint entirely collapses, the automobile will remain stationary.
On some wheel bearings sets and hub units, the axle nut secures the outer flange to a CV joint or stub axle. As the nut is tightened, it pulls the flange and axle together to set the preload of bearings. These axle nuts will have specifications as low as 130-foot pounds and as high as 300-foot pounds.

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boot on cv axle not sitting right and crinkled
ANSWER : Sounds like the clamp and boot was pulled loose when you were installing the axle. As long as the boot is not torn you should be able to straighten it and using a new clamp or a heavy duty wire tie clamp to hold it on the shaft. If you would like to have this checked, a certified professional from YourMechanic can inspect the system and make any adjustments as needed.

Need to replace front left CV axle, do I need to replace the CV boot as well?
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The damage done to the unit will dictate what exactly needs to be done. If the entire CV axle on one side or the other needs to be replaced, then the entire shaft is typically replaced at once, including the boots. If you need to replace part of the assembly, the boots are serviceable separately on a need be basis. In that case, you would need to know if you were replacing the inner (closest to the middle of the vehicle) or outer (closer to the tire) boot. Once you have made those determinations, corrective action can be taken. For more help with diagnostics or the repair, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

CV boot or full replacement of CV axle ?
ANSWER : This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint is packed with a special grease and sealed tight with the rubber or plastic boot, that is held in place with two clamps. The most common problem with the CV joints is when the protective boot cracks or gets damaged. Once this happens, the grease comes out and moisture and dirt get in, causing the CV joint to wear faster and eventually fail due to lack of lubrication and corrosion. When the CV joint becomes damaged or worn, you may hear a clicking or popping sound coming from this area. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your CV joints.

Can a leaky CV axle seal ruin a CV axle?
ANSWER : The oil leak itself may not necessarily ruin the CV axle, however if the oil leak progresses to a point where the CV joint lacks the proper amount of oil to sufficiently lubricate it, the lack of lubrication can cause it to fail due to the metal on metal contact on the inner working components. This generates an enormous amount of heat which can cause parts to seize. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to take a look at your leaking CV joint and repair it.

When front axle cv shaft is repaired does it come with cv boot
ANSWER : There are a couple basic scenarios when it comes to CV axle repair or replacement. If you have a torn boot on the vehicle, and it has not been torn for long and thus the CV joint is not yet damaged or full of road dirt, it is possible to just replace the boot. Usually the axle will have to be removed from the vehicle to do boot replacement properly. Another common scenario is a CV joint (often outboard) is faulty (broken or worn out) and regardless of the condition of the rubber boot, the most economical thing to do is just replace the whole CV axle. Of course, in that scenario, the new (or often rebuilt) axle will have all new rubber boots. So, to answer your basic question, yes, no matter how the repair to the axle, or individual CV joints, is carried out, your vehicle will have new boots on the CV joints, if work is done on an "axle". Note that if axles are removed from the transmission for repair or replacement, it is preferred to install new axle seals in the transmission because if you attempt to re-use the old seals you run the risk of transmission fluid leaks. Installing new seals is good cheap insurance against leaks down the road.

Replaced cv axle with non oem still getting clicking.
ANSWER : Hello. The play where the axle connects to the differential can be a bad bearing in the differential or more commonly the inner joint of the axle. Most of the time when this occurs it is because of a defective aftermarket axle. I would have used an OE new axle on this and if the play was still there then axle was replaced then the front differential will need to be rebuilt. If you want to have this axle issue looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose wht there is freeplay in the axle.

Does the CV boot need to be replaced or do i need to replace the whole axle? 2008 Chevrolet Uplander
ANSWER : Hello – the CV joint or axle boot is available separately from a variety of sources. What your mechanic may be saying however, is that given your mileage, it would be best to replace the whole axle assembly for reliability reasons. Replacing the CV boot requires considerable labor as well, and your best repair $ may be to go ahead and replace the whole axle assembly. I would recommend a CV axle replacement by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

I’ve replaced everything from tie rods, upper and lower ball joints, the whole cv axle including cv joints and boots, and I’m stil
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The noise you are hearing may be a result of a wheel bearing or a shock issue. There are several tests that can be done while the vehicle is parked, and some while it is lifted off of the ground. The goal is to manipulate the wheels and suspension to replicate the noise. Try a simple bounce test for example to test out the shock on each tire. This is done by simply pressing down on the corner of the vehicle forcing it to bounce up and down. If you hear the noise, focus on your shocks. If not, you can move on to the wheel assembly. For more help with diagnostics or repairs, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.