2012 Avalon base axle boot ripped your opinions on it


#1

Hi, my axle looks ripped and lots of grease came out. When attempting to turn the axle

with the wheel lifted on jacks it moves the wheel around and seems solid.

Should I get a new axle or just replace the boot?

I attached a picture.


#2

Replace the axle.

You don’t know how long the boot has been open. So you don’t know how long contaminates/debris got into the joint.

Nothing worse than to reboot an axle, then have the CV-joint start making noise later, and having do the job again to replace the axle.

Tester


#3

What @Tester said. That joint is fully exposed, no grease if I’m reading that picture correctly. I’d replace the axle, and check the other side.


#4

Yeah looks like the whole cv axle should be changed. Would it be safe to drive till I get it fixed?


#5

I usually tell customers to drive the vehicle until the CV-joint starts making noise, and then replace it.

So you can drive the vehicle until it’s fixed.

Tester