Broken CV Boots: Replace Immediately?

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

Hi Bob,
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.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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