Broken CV Boots: Replace Immediately?
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I have a '94 Nissan Sentra. I recently had the brake pads replaced and was told that my CV boots are broken. Since that time I have driven my car approx. 80 miles. I would like to replace them immediately but have had to wait on finances. I need to drive it approx. 80 miles furthur before I can get them replaced. I have been quoted $200 to have them replaced. Does this sound correct and what is the risk that I am going to create greater more costly problems in the mean time.
Just because the boots are broken, does not impose a safety risk on your part! What it means is that the protective covering over the cv joints had broken and will allow dirt and grime to get in. This will, in time, deteriorate the joint. Now, the easiest way to tell if you have a problem today, is when the car is stop, turn the steering wheel fully in one direction and slowly drive. Do you hear any type of clicking? Do the same in the other direction. If no noise, then you are okay for a while.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
Have a car care question? Visit our automotive center and see if we've already answered it or a similar question.
Also in Home
- Tricks to painting interior trim
- Affordable chimney care
- Do-it-yourself brick walkways
- The pros and cons of having a homeowners association
- 5 places to find free firewood
- Homemade detergent for HE washing machines
- 5 best budget decorating tips under $20
- How to make garden stones
- 5 ways your house can make you go broke
- 5 simple and affordable luxuries for your home
- Does staging really raise a home's price?
- 5 home renovation can raise your insurance rate -- or lead to discounts
- The right way and wrong way to pay down your mortgage
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- 3 ways (and 1 reason) to refinance a HELOC
- 6 home projects that don't pay for themselves
- Should I refinance my home equity line?
- Find the best mortgage rates in your area
- 3 ways to use a mortgage calculator
- Mortgage calculator: Calculate your payment and more
- Home equity calculator: HELOC vs. line of credit
- Mortgage refinance break-even calculator
- How much money can I borrow for a mortgage?