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  • How to remove an Avant outer CV

    After struggling with this and not being able to find a guide or directions that worked, thought I'd write one...

    The avant outer CV does not pop off like the front when you wind in the hub bolt. If you try hard enough it splits the CV in half!

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    Actual removal is quite simple when you figure it out...

    First of all cut off the old CV boot, then clean away enough grease to reveal the circlip:

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    Spread this with a screwdriver and gently tap the CV:

    2020-07-31 143152.jpg

    A few more taps and it will easily slide off:

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    As you'll see there is a ring on the driveshaft and the CV that this circlip locks into. Removal without doing the above is almost impossible...

    Hope that saves someone a few hours trying to figure it out!
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  • #2
    I discovered this when doing mine 18 months ago. Another trick I found is to wind the bolt in until it makes contact with the drive shaft end. This lines up the CV with the shaft. Then spread the circlip and she pops off.
    I have a spare used outer CV if you need one Will
    Nothelle S2 Avant in restoration
    Wr Ur Quattro (also in restoration)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Tractor Dave View Post
      I discovered this when doing mine 18 months ago. Another trick I found is to wind the bolt in until it makes contact with the drive shaft end. This lines up the CV with the shaft. Then spread the circlip and she pops off.
      I have a spare used outer CV if you need one Will
      Thanks Dave, I've already got a replacement sorted though.

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      • #4
        No worries
        Nothelle S2 Avant in restoration
        Wr Ur Quattro (also in restoration)

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        • #5
          Is it the same on Coupes? Did the bolt-trick on the rears, going to do the fronts later on

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          • #6
            interesting haven't needed to do any work on my avant cv's yet. But did a front outer boot on my Volvo 850 t5 the other day and its exactly like your picture shows! (plenty of tips to be found on the net for those..)

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