the outer CV joint is a non-serviceable and non-removable item on the escort and ZX2. If it is bad it will need replacement.
to remove the boot and replace it there are two ways to do it.
(1) cut the boot off and replace it with a speed boot (a boot split down the length which then gets glued together)
(2) either cut the boot off or slide it off. This method will take more work than the speed boot. This will require removal of the complete half axle. You will first have to separate the inner joint and remove that boot as well. Once the joint is separated, the tripod bearing will have to be removed. Once all this is done the new boot for the outer CV joint can be installed. If you do this method, you should also install a new inner boot as well.
The joint you are looking for is the U joint. You have one at the back of the transmission and another where the drive shaft attaches to the rear end. On the extended version there will also be a U joint in the middle. So if you look under the car and the drive shaft just looks like one long tube you have a two joint shaft. If however, you see what appears to be a joint about the size of both of your fists together in the middle of the shaft, you are looking at the third joint.
There are 2 controls for each headlight. The outer control hex shaft (4mm) controls the up and down function and the inter hex shaft controls the side to side function. It is hard to find the portion you turn on the back of the headlight assembly. The inner shaft is about in the middle and not hard to find. The outer shaft is hidden by the top of the brace and is hard to find.
To replace your CV joint you will have to slacken your hub nut before jacking and removing the wheel. Remove hub nut, remove both bolts on the bottom of the shocky, remove bottom ball joint bolt. You should have enough play to remove your shaft from the hub. Remove CV boot, CV joint should just pull off shaft. I made the mistake of buying and fitting a full drive shaft unnecessarily.
If the CV boot is torn open forget about re-booting the joint, buy a remanufactured axle and replace it. If the boot is starting to crack or separate but has not torn open to the point you can see the cv joint itself you can re-boot it. To replace the boot and/or halfshaft axle: First, remove the wheel cover and loosen the 36mm nut holding the joint to the bearing. Then raise the vehicle and remove the lower ball joint from the lower control arm and the knuckle. If your working on the passenger side, drain the transmission. Slide the half shaft out of the knuckle then use a prybar and pry the inboard end of the shaft out of the transmission or intermediate shaft, which ever should apply. Be careful not to damage the seal in the transmission. Installing the shaft is the reverse of removal. The inboard side of the shaft should snap right back into the intermediate shaft and transmission by means of a snap ring on the end of the shaft.
AnswerI don't believe these are repairable.... they just have to be replaced. Often it is cheaper and more efficient to replace the whole axle since the cost of recon axles is now so cheap. My problem is getting the outer cv joint off the axle to replace the boot. I recall from my days at an Infiniti store that the techs used a big vice and a heavy hammer to beat the joint off the end of the shaft. The object is to compress a snap ring which is on the shaft inside the joint. The hammer method works...eventually. But I feel sure there is a smarter and quicker way to achieve this. Does anyone know of one?Get the CV joint puller tool and you can take the joint apart. If it is worn, you will need a new one.Usually it is cheaper and easier to replace the whole axle, regardless.
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