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
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