Paul Hatfield wrote:
Let's say someone wanted to replace their boots using solid boots and the stretch method.
Question: What is a good time estimate to remove the axle tube, clean, paint, put on the boot and re-install with all adjustments. Answer for both sides please.
There used to be a "book time" for estimates like this, but now, 40+ years later, it is what it is, especially if a DIY project.
I have given up on transmission work since my tools went away permanently 'on loan' (and thanks for the offer of replacements years ago, Jon), but never tried the 'solid boot stretch.' Now Vic or Eric Wills get my recommendations for that work (directly) from my east coast customers, depending on customer location.
As I also either never had or 'lost' my press fixtures for such applications, I found that I could drag the bearing housing off the tube end with some heat and a big gear puller pressing on a specially-made tube end plug. After checking trueness and derusting/painting, the end was reinstalled (keep parts together and note what orients where) by dragging back on with proper bushings and a long thick threaded rod. A little green stuff on the pin and all was well.
Going back to the original posting...the split boots have been problematic over the years based on vendor's vendor's supply. Some are great, install easily and don't leak, some don't fit well, fight installation, leak and don't last very long at all. Shopping for the best, not cheapest, boots is the key to success when the trans is not coming apart.
And yes, while SWEPCO trans lube is the best stuff going in most instances, it finds ways to come out just to remind you it's there (and say "Remember me...I'm green!") unlike the old petroleum gear oils.