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Old 03-18-2007, 07:58 AM   #1
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Any way to seal a CV boot that is just starting to tear - no grease spillage yet?

So last week when I installed my new shocks and springs I noticed my passenger side inner CV boot had a good size tear in it and was spewing grease - that is going to be repaired tomorrow - however after inspecting my driver's side inner cv boot - I noticed it too was showing it's age (147k miles) and has about an inch long crack in it at the outer most end (last fold) that hasn't quite gone through the whole boot - meaning no grease is seeping out of it yet. Is there any rubber compound or something I could put on it to seal it before it completely tears open?

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Old 03-18-2007, 08:11 AM   #2
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This is the greatest stuff since sliced bread and will seal a CV boot like nothing else. EVERY toolbox should have some in it. There are a thousand uses for it.

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Nice find. Is that something that can be found in local stores? Or buy it online?

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You can buy it in shoe and hardware stores everywhere. Places like Wal Mart, KMart, Fred Meyer and Target also carry it. I have had a tube (not the same one) in my tool box for 20+ years It's gets used.
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when i used to skate a lot i used to put that on the side of my shoes so that i wouldnt destroy them, its worked amazing for that, and its strong as all hell...im gonna have to get me another tube or two
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My dad used to fix my shoes with that stuff when I was younger.

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You can buy it in shoe and hardware stores everywhere. Places like Wal Mart, KMart, Fred Meyer and Target also carry it. I have had a tube (not the same one) in my tool box for 20+ years It's gets used.
What the heck is that stuff chemically? Like RTV or something? It is cheap enough to try/carry regardless.

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What the heck is that stuff chemically? Like RTV or something? It is cheap enough to try/carry regardless.
I wish I knew. It's way stickier than RTV, more toward the glue end of things, but it does remain flexible like a soft RTV.

I have included it to my list of "make do" parts. Gorilla Duct Tape, Bailing Wire, JB Weld and Shoe Goo. If it runs, you can get home with those things.

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Isn't it just a good contact cement? Don't get me wrong, It's great stuff. If that doesn't work, you can put on a split boot. They arn't great but if you put them on right, keeping the grease out of the seam, they can hold for quiet a while.
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It's a good contact cement, but it remains more flexible than most of them, while still being solid and substantial enough that you can build up worn areas with it.

I never had good luck with the split boots, but I have seen others advocate them as well.
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How did I never know about Shoe Goo? (Troy is luaghing his butt off at me right now because I didn't know about it) Oh well all that means is more *stuff* to get covered in when doing trail repairs!
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sorry bout the hi jack do you have to replace if boot has a small hole in it like the size of the end of a pin or can i goo it
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HOLY CRAP!

I've been using this stuff for eons, i just thought i'd get laughed at if i said i fixed the truck with shoe repair!

I kid you not, its been used to patch a sidewal to limp off of a trail after flatening a second tire (spare was already on). NOT safe for hwy driving, but if its all you got...

Suddenly i feel validated.
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sorry bout the hi jack do you have to replace if boot has a small hole in it like the size of the end of a pin or can i goo it
Ideally, you would replace it.

But a Shoe Goo repair will often outlast the rest of the boot. Only you can make the call about what is right for you and your rig.
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... i just thought i'd get laughed at if i said i fixed the truck with shoe repair!
I wouldn't have laughed
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