What are CV joint gaiters?
Constant velocity joint (CV joint) gaiters are a covering used to protect and extend the life of a CV joint. They provide protection from the ingress of dust, dirt and corrosive elements.
What are CV joint gaiters made from?
CV gaiters are typically made from durable synthetic rubbers (such as polychloroprene) or plastic. This ensures that they are resistant to most oils, chemicals and greases. Some models can be filled with grease to help with the lubrication of plain bearing points. Their durable construction gives them a long working life, in which they will need little or no maintenance.
How do you install CV joint gaiters?
Gaiters are incredibly easy to install over a joint. Simply put the gaiter in place over the joint, and use nylon cable ties on the locating ring on the outside of the gaiter. This covers the joint, offering protection while the ties firmly secure the gaiter in place.
In a situation where a double joint is being used, it is advised to use to use two joint gaiters to provide maximum protection to the joint.
Should every joint be covered with a gaiter?
Some joints do not require gaiters to offer additional protection. For example, joints with needle roller bearings will not benefit.