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Old 05-30-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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1LE half-shaft & boot replacement

I brought my 1LE to the dealership after noticing some grease on the inside of the real wheel. Other C5 guys diagnosed correctly - it was the axle boot, but the dealership is now telling me the rear axle also needs to be replaced per GM. My 1LE is the first this dealership has seen much less worked on. I told them it has different rear axles than the base SS - they assured me they'd get the right part since they order based on the VIN... I hope they're right.

My question is this - is this a "big" repair, or routine / not too involved? I don't like the idea of my basically new car getting torn apart and don't know enough about what's being some to decide how worried I should be about the job getting done right or not. Thought?
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:34 PM   #2
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Swapping axles is a quick job. I did both of mine in about an hour using jack stands.
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it's only held on with a nut. remove wheel, remove upper arm, toe rod, and trailing arm bolt, tilt, remove axle. very easy
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changing the axle would be easier than the boot. its under warranty so I would just let them have at it.
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Pretty easy job but if it's under warranty I'd let them do it.
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I brought my 1LE to the dealership after noticing some grease on the inside of the real wheel. Other C5 guys diagnosed correctly - it was the axle boot, but the dealership is now telling me the rear axle also needs to be replaced per GM. My 1LE is the first this dealership has seen much less worked on. I told them it has different rear axles than the base SS - they assured me they'd get the right part since they order based on the VIN... I hope they're right.

My question is this - is this a "big" repair, or routine / not too involved? I don't like the idea of my basically new car getting torn apart and don't know enough about what's being some to decide how worried I should be about the job getting done right or not. Thought?
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:19 AM   #7
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I was looking this morning at the car and noticed the 1/2 shafts are different, where the driver side (the one that is leaking grease) is constant thickness and the passenger side tapers to a larger diameter between the axle boots. I've read that the 1LEs have "beefier" axles compared to the base SS. I've also read of other 1LEs getting wrong parts, the one guy who had 1 ZL1 width rear tire comes to mind. So, anyone else with a 1LE see the same on their car? Are the axles the same on both sides or different like mine?
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Different sizes are an anti wheel hop feature.
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changing the axle would be easier than the boot. its under warranty so I would just let them have at it.
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they are diff sizes to help with wheel hope. i put 1le axels on my ss . they bar looks to be about the same size as the ss axel but the boots are bigger. also the spline count is the same but are diff design compared to the ss. the 1le has more contact on the splines then the ss. or thats what it looks like to me
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