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Old 06-18-2019, 06:38 PM
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Has anyone ever torn a rear driveshaft boot?

I pulled onto a grass hill, maybe 20’ high. I pulled onto it about 4’ up, started backing down at a small angle so i could park at the base of it and it happened. I heard a weird noise. At first I thought my tire was rubbing an inner fender liner. When I looked underneath I found the rear driveshaft boot torn and wrapped around the driveshaft. How does it tear when the suspension wasn’t flexed that much?


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it is common for the boot to get torn on the charcoal canister skid. does not have to flex all that much. Teraflex has a nice video how to move it over to give better clearance.
https://teraflex.com/videos/tech?cat=tech&page=5
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When I bought my Unlimited which the dealership had installed a 4.5" AEV lift and 37's on, it had 90 miles on the odometer. When I got it home and did my initial inspection underneath, I discovered the entire rear dr. shaft boot was missing, like someone had cut it off with a knife. I wrapped it in cellophane and wire ties to keep the dirt out and called the dealership to report what I had found. They made an appt. 2 weeks down the road to bring it in for a new drive shaft. When their top 4 wheel drive guy (also my sales mgr.) had taken it on the initial test drive after the lift was installed, HE ripped the boot off because their installation genius' forgot to relocate the evap canister further away from the shaft. 90 Miles on the jeep and I had to take it back in to have repaired what never should have happened in the first place. One of 4 trips back to the dealer, at 75 miles EACH WAY, to get things repaired, replaced, installed that should have been taken care of before they put it on the lot for sale.

If there is no rust or horrendous amounts of dirt in the slip joint grooves of the shaft, you can mark the shaft for proper alignment before you remove it, disassemble it, clean and re-grease the slip joint groves and install a new boot for very little money. OR you can take advantage and have an after market shaft ordered and installed.
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it is common for the boot to get torn on the charcoal canister skid. does not have to flex all that much. Teraflex has a nice video how to move it over to give better clearance.
https://teraflex.com/videos/tech?cat=tech&page=5


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When I bought my Unlimited which the dealership had installed a 4.5" AEV lift and 37's on, it had 90 miles on the odometer. When I got it home and did my initial inspection underneath, I discovered the entire rear dr. shaft boot was missing, like someone had cut it off with a knife. I wrapped it in cellophane and wire ties to keep the dirt out and called the dealership to report what I had found. They made an appt. 2 weeks down the road to bring it in for a new drive shaft. When their top 4 wheel drive guy (also my sales mgr.) had taken it on the initial test drive after the lift was installed, HE ripped the boot off because their installation genius' forgot to relocate the evap canister further away from the shaft. 90 Miles on the jeep and I had to take it back in to have repaired what never should have happened in the first place. One of 4 trips back to the dealer, at 75 miles EACH WAY, to get things repaired, replaced, installed that should have been taken care of before they put it on the lot for sale.

If there is no rust or horrendous amounts of dirt in the slip joint grooves of the shaft, you can mark the shaft for proper alignment before you remove it, disassemble it, clean and re-grease the slip joint groves and install a new boot for very little money. OR you can take advantage and have an after market shaft ordered and installed.
Or you could just say screw it, and run it. Mine lasted about 45,000 miles without a boot
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or you could just say screw it, and run it. Mine lasted about 45,000 miles without a boot
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Is it possible to torn the boot on stock suspension?
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Very easy to move the evap canister just to make clearance. However mine was torn before I got that done. I know I am living on borrowed time but I have about 30k miles on mine without the boot. I inspect regulary, and unfortunately due to some life circumstances, have not been wheeling much so haven't had to deal with that. I do know that it is a ticking time bomb, but the jeep won't self destruct if you can't get it replaced right away. Just keep an eye on it. It can be fixed pretty cheaply. They do sell the replacement boots.
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I can’t seem to find the rear boot as easily as the front one. The one I keep finding looks completely different than the torn boot


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They're the same ones I found but say front boot. They look like the rear though
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I can’t seem to find the rear boot as easily as the front one. The one I keep finding looks completely different than the torn boot


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I just replaced mine.. I ordered one from 4wp, it took them a week and a half to send it out, I called jeep dealerships around me they one in stock and for WAY less... so now I got a spare..



when you replace it, get a paint marker, mark your spline, and one end of the boot is bigger than the other, so you cant blindly slide the boot on.. big open end goes closer to the front end of the jeep..


youll need a small 2x4 and hammer to knock out the DS as well.. but try your local jeep dealerships.. im sure us wrangler owners go thru them like crazy..
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