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What are axle boots and how do they work?


Axle boots protect the joints of the drive shaft from dirt and other external influences. In addition, they preserve the lubricity of the joints inside. Due to their function, axle boots are also called drive shaft boots, cardan shaft boots or dust boots for the drive shaft. They are bellows made of special plastic or rubber compounds. Their pleated shape allows them to adapt particularly well to the movement of the drive shaft during driving. In the lower section of the page, we discuss how and why axle boots can become defective and give tips on what to look out for when buying axle boots.

What can cause axle boots to become defective and how can this be recognized?
What to consider when buying axle boots?

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Achsmanschette Satz FIAT Grande Punto OPEL Corsa D 1.0 1.2 vorne RADSEITIG

entspricht OPEL OE-Nummer: 26119536 / 1603402

Item No.: A16413W218
Manufacturer: keine Angabe
part number: nicht zutreffend
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Hoehe_mm: 100
Einbauseite: radseitig
Durchmesser_mm: 68
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Bohrung_mm: 20
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
9,95 EUR

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2x SPIDAN Achsmanschetten Satz PORSCHE 911 2.7 3.0 SC ab 01.1975 hinten

für Fahrzeuge mit Schaltgetriebe ab Baujahr 01.1975

Item No.: PKT872W613
Manufacturer: SPIDAN
part number: 26153
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  • 2x Bellow Set, drive shaft Piece - SPIDAN 26153
38,95 EUR

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SPIDAN 23202 Achsmanschette Satz OPEL Astra Corsa Signum Vectra Zafira getriebeseitig

Item No.: UNI413W924
Manufacturer: SPIDAN
part number: 23202
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Innendurchmesser_2_mm: 65,00
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Hoehe_mm: 99,00
Neuteil:
Innendurchmesser_1_mm: 25,00
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
Material: Gummi
9,00 EUR

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SPIDAN 36175 Achsmanschette Satz AUDI A1 A3 8L 8P VW Golf 4 5 6 vorne RADSEITIG

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Manufacturer: SPIDAN
part number: 36175
???item.ean.code???: 4019064357957
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Neuteil:
Material: Thermoplast
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Innendurchmesser_2_mm: 98,00
Hoehe_mm: 117,00
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
Innendurchmesser_1_mm: 29,00
12,00 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Manschettensatz Antriebswelle LEXUS ES RX TOYOTA Camry Harrier Windom

VORDERACHSE - GETRIEBESEITIG

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J2882008
Innendurchmesser_2_mm:
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Hoehe_mm:
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8,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Achsmanschetten Satz für HONDA CIVIC VII vorne GETRIEBESEI

auch für JAZZ II | 83 90 PS

Item No.: UNI233W217
Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J2884022
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Innendurchmesser_2_mm: 66
Material: NBR (Nitril-Butadien-Kautschuk)
Hoehe_mm: 92
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Innendurchmesser_1_mm: 20
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
10,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Achsmanschetten Satz für NISSAN 200 SX 240 SX BLUEBIRD CUBE

Einbauseite beachen! | auch für SUNNY III IV

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J2861017
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Innendurchmesser_1_mm: 25
Innendurchmesser_2_mm: 75
Material: NBR (Nitril-Butadien-Kautschuk)
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
Hoehe_mm: 98
10,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Achsmanschetten Satz für MAZDA 626 II III vorne GETRIEBESE

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J2883007
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Material: NBR (Nitril-Butadien-Kautschuk)
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Innendurchmesser_2_mm: 72
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
Innendurchmesser_1_mm: 24
Hoehe_mm: 102
8,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Achsmanschetten Satz für TOYOTA IQ 1.0 vorne rechts RADSEI

für Fahrzeuge mit Vollautomatik

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J2872002
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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23,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Achsmanschetten Satz für TOYOTA IQ (_J1_) 1.0 vorne rechts

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Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J2892002
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Mengeneinheit: Stück
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11,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Achsmanschetten Satz für HONDA ACCORD V VI vorne GETRIEBES

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part number: J2884016
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Innendurchmesser_2_mm: 78
Material: NBR (Nitril-Butadien-Kautschuk)
Hoehe_mm: 91,5
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
Innendurchmesser_1_mm: 23
11,95 EUR

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HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS Achsmanschetten Satz für MITSUBISHI NISSAN vorne RADSEITIG

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Item No.: UNI233W039
Manufacturer: HERTH+BUSS JAKOPARTS
part number: J2861019
Hoehe_mm: 121
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Innendurchmesser_1_mm: 25
Baugruppe: Radantrieb
Innendurchmesser_2_mm: 83
Verwendung: Antriebswelle
Material: thermoplastische Polyester-Elastomere
15,69 EUR

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What can cause axle boots to become defective and how can this be recognized?

The drive shaft is divided into several sections, as it must adapt to the movement of the wheels. The individual struts are connected to each other via drive shaft joints. Generally, these are ball bearings pressed into their corresponding counterpart. You can compare this with the joints in humans. As in humans, the drive shaft joints are greased to prevent friction. To maintain lubrication, the joints are protected by driveshaft boots. Likewise, the driveshaft boot prevents dirt and moisture from entering. This would otherwise result in the joints losing their lubrication, rubbing against each other and possibly starting to rust. This would cause them to wear out more quickly.

The axle boot is subject to natural wear due to its constant movement and external influences. Too cold temperatures can cause the propeller shaft boot to become porous. In addition, chemicals such as road salt also attack the material. Dirt can also wear down the material over time. Last but not least, the drive shaft dust boots are also popular targets for martens. Due to the constant stresses, the material eventually gives way and the bellows can tear or be damaged by the marten. Apart from the fact that dirt and moisture then reach the drive joints, the grease also leaks from the lubrication system. This not only pollutes the environment, but can also get between the brake disc and the brake lining, thus impairing the braking effect. For this reason, intact axle boots are also a criterion for passing the general inspection.

It is not advisable to continue driving for long with a defective dust boot on the drive shaft. This only risks unnecessarily greater consequential damage such as a damaged drive shaft or drive joints. A defective drive shaft boot is indicated by the following symptoms:

  • It cracks, rattles, or crunches when going into a turn
  • On a straight road, a "thump" can be felt on the steering wheel as the defective bellows hits the drive shaft while rotating

If you suspect that the dust boot on the drive shaft is defective, you can perform a visual inspection. To do this, it is advisable to put the vehicle on a lifting platform or drive over a pit, as you need to be under the vehicle. Cracks or porous spots on the propeller shaft boot, as well as leaking grease, are clear indicators of a defective axle boot. The boot should then be replaced. Patching and repairing damaged areas will only help for a short time. A replacement is unavoidable in the near future. Therefore, it is better to replace directly instead of risking consequential damage. It makes sense to check all axle boots, as they wear comparably. If one is defective, it is not uncommon for others to be affected as well.

Replacing a dust boot on the drive shaft is more or less time-consuming, depending on where it is located. On the wheel side it is quicker, but on the transmission side it takes more time, since the drive shaft generally has to be completely dismantled. In addition, a high level of expertise and special tools are required here.

What to consider when buying axle boots?

If you want to buy an axle boot, the first thing you should decide is what material the boot should be made of. Plastic is more durable and resilient than rubber boots but more difficult to install because the material is not quite as soft as the rubber compounds. In addition, it is important to clarify in advance on which side of the drive shaft (wheel side or gearbox side) the propshaft boot should be replaced.

Since the drive shaft boots differ in size and shape, it is recommended to select his vehicle in advance. This reduces the results to only suitable for the vehicle. In addition to the vehicle-specific axle boots, we also carry universal boots. These can be easily cut to the required size. They are suitable for all common vehicles.

When you buy axle boots from us you can be sure of high quality. We offer propeller shaft boots from the following brand manufacturers:

All these manufacturers use selected materials that make the bellows more resistant. Thus, they do not wear out so quickly and do not need to be changed again for a long time. If the drive shaft joints are already damaged with, you can also get ready-made joint sets from us. If you are unsure which axle boot or joint sets to buy, you are welcome to contact our customer service with the 17-digit chassis number.