The half shafts (boots) were torn on my 1995 Avalon’s half shafts two years (and 21,000 miles) ago.I had them replaced with Toyota Reman units. Today, I’m rotating my tires. As I take the right front tire off, I noticed A LOT of grease on the inside of the wheel. I took a look at the cv joints and sure enough a torn boot. Same for the left side.
So let’s see; I got upwards of 180,000 miles out of the original shafts and only 21,000 mi. out of the replacements? Yeah, I know that they’re remans, but the problem was with the boots, not the metal innards.
As an aside, I had to STOMP on my lug wrench to remove the front wheels (dealer was the last to remove them when the steering rack was replaced). Now I need a wrench just to start the lug nuts on the studs. On the back wheels, two fingers will do the job.
Clearly, I’m not going back to the same shop. Am I better off with NAPA (or the like) NEW shafts? Or was this just a fluke?