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Is it safe to drive with a leaking CV boot?

Is it safe to drive with a leaking CV boot?

If the boot that seals the CV joint is damaged, the grease will leak out and contamination will set in, eventually causing the joint to wear out and fail. A severely worn out CV joint can even disintegrate while you’re driving and make the car undrivable. It is not safe to drive with a damaged CV joint.

What causes a CV boot to tear?

The most common cause of CV joint failure is from the deterioration and splitting or tearing of the rubber CV Boot. Once split the protective CV joint grease escapes and dirt, road grime and water can enter the joint and cause the CV joint to wear rapidly and fail prematurely.

What happens if CV boot is torn?

A: A torn CV (Constant Velocity) boot will provide dirt and moisture access to the CV joint and will allow grease, packed around the joint for lubrication, to escape. The longer the boot remains torn, the more likely your CV joint will fail.

How much is a CV joint?

With two CV joints to replace you could be paying upwards of $400 just for the parts and the labour cost will likely be slightly less since your mechanic is going to be down there repairing one anyway but you can expect to pay anywhere between $800 and $1,200 at least to get them both replaced if that’s what your car …

How do I protect my CV joints?

Each joint is protected by a CV boot which keeps the grease and bearings clean so the joint can function properly. The CV joints are highly durable, and as long as they remain in their protective covering, they can last the life of the vehicle.

How many miles do CV axles last?

These joints can generally last up to 100,000 miles. However, because CV axles are constantly rotating and flexing to accommodate the condition of the road, they can wear out and fail, resulting in a costly CV joint repair.

Should you replace CV axles in pairs?

There is no need to replace CV axles in pairs as long as the other axles are in good condition. There are many aftermarket CV axles on the market, but it’s much smarter and safer to use either the factory part from the manufacturer or a replacement of equal quality.

How much does it cost to replace CV axles?

The average cost for CV axle replacement is between $1,115 and $1,151. Labor costs are estimated between $135 and $170 while parts are priced at $981.