I have a '96 Trooper w/120k on the clock and my driver's side CV boot
is torn. The pass side *looks* intact. Can I have just the driver's
side one replaced or do they have to be both done at the same time?
$$$ are my concern here (not enough of them...).
In the UK we can buy CV boots that can be fitted without removing the drive
shaft, I don't know how good they are. The problem with doing the boot only
is iff any grit etc. has got into the joint, try and clean it thoroughly and
replace the grease with one of a similar standard. If you are just
replacing the boot I do not think there there is any requirement to replace
both boots at the same time, the same is true of the joints if one is OK and
the other not. If one boot has split I would have thought the other boot
will not be far behind and if you can replace them ecomonically it may be
better to do both.
I ended up having my mechanic replace both and he recommended doing
the whole axle and boot and it wasn't that much more. The one that was
open was dirty enough so cleaning it wasn't worth the $$$. Safer all
the way around.
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