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Clamp came off my rubber boot

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I had the shop replace a rubber boot on the left rear axle on the tire side I noticed that the clamp had come 9ff. Do you need a special tool to re clamp it. Or is it possible to do it by hand. Do it myself or let them reattach it I am a good 35 miles from the shop that did the work. Kodiak 700 utility
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There is a special tool for it but I'd see if I could do it myself with a pair of pliers.

You can check with NAPA for bands and a tool
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Yes , you need a Oetiker cv boot band clamp pliers . I bought the pliers above and a couple Yamaha Oetiker clamps , and proceeded to ruin the large size outer cv boot clamps . They seemed to me to be too thick of banding and I pulled the ears right off, Or it was operator error. I then bought knipex cv boot pliers and a pack of universal stainless steel cv boot clamps and that worked great. You might have good luck doing it yourself as it was hooked at one time there鈥檚 small tabs that lock the Oetiker band together .
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You don't actually need the tool, it can be done with a simple set of channel lock. Pliers
You don't actually need the tool, it can be done with a simple set of channel lock. Pliers
Fill me in on how , channel locks to me would be difficult. The tabs are very small and shallow .
Fill me in on how , channel locks to me would be difficult. The tabs are very small and shallow .
That's all we've ever used. Open them up as wide as possible. One jaw goes on one tab. The other jaw goes on the other one squeeze until tight. It's not ideal but it works and most everyone has channel locks.
When you are in a pinch and don't have the correct tool it is surprising at what you can get to work.
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When you are in a pinch and don't have the correct tool it is surprising at what you can get to work.
Exactly, you hit the nail right on the head. And it's funny that sometimes when a certain tool works in a pinch that ends up becoming "the tool' lol
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I have a whole tray full of specialty made tools from when I didn't have the proper tool so I made something that will work, sometimes better than a factory tool.
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