Q: Is there anything that I can use to temporarily grease my CV boot for a couple days until I can buy more grease?

asked by on

My CV joint boot is ripped in half and I've been packing it with grease but I ran out and it will be a couple more days till I can buy more. It makes a loud noise while driving and loss of power uphill even a small incline. I was curious to know if there's anything that will temporarily do the trick grease wise or lubricant wise without damaging my axle.

My car has 145000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello. I am sorry to hear of your situation with the CV joint and boot on your 1991 Metro and will try to help you now. Typically, once the boot rips, the grease inside will actually stay there for a reasonable interval, often enough time to be able to re-use the joint along with a new boot if you clean everything well. You would really have to run through a flood or a mudbath to dislodge the grease or contaminate it enough to ruin the joint "immediately" after the boot tears.

But, in your circumstance you are mentioning that you believe the joint is noisy. If the noise is coming from the joint (and not, say, a wheel bearing) I would not bother continuing to add grease because you are going to have to replace the joint anyway. If there is any noise at all from the joint now, it has failed and is not reusable no matter how much grease you add or what type. If you intend to replace the joint within say a couple weeks or so, adding grease will do essentially nothing to help the joint.

If the noise is actually "loud" and you feel that the joint is both the source and is mechanically impeding the wheel from turning you definitely should not drive the car until the axle is replaced. If the joint is noisy and, worse, is binding, you could damage the transmission and if the axle breaks apart at the joint damage the car and possibly cause a crash. So, the bottom line is if the axle is really noisy (and again you have to make sure the noise is from the joint and not a wheel bearing which is not an uncommon failure after 10 years, let alone 25 years in your case) unfortunately you just simply have to replace it. This is a common repair, and YourMechanic has Technicians who are uniquely qualified to replace your cv boot for you at the convenience of your schedule.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Is there anything that I can use to temporarily grease my CV boot for a couple days until I can buy more grease?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Clicking noise when turning - 2007 Honda Odyssey

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Anytime when turning and you hear a clicking sound, that is the outer bearing on a CV shaft seizing up or slipping within the ball bearings. I recommend replacing both front CV axles...

Q: Does a water on 4.9L 298 V8 Fi work on a 4.5L V8 pfi

The water pump that was used on the 1988, 1989, and 1990 DeVille with the 4.5L engine (VIN "3" or "5") is identical (same part number) to the pump used on the 1991-1995 DeVille with the 4.9L engine. If you...

Q: Older Geo. Standard transmission. Fueled up. Got back on highway, I could change gears but it seemed stuck in 1st or second, re

Hello. There could be multiple issues causing these symptoms on your Geo. The first item I would suspect is the transmission linkage or shift lever. Most of the time, when you shift the transmission but it does not appear to...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...