David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/15/10 7:46 p.m.

We (finally) took care of that torn CV boot. We discovered it during an oil change, as the grease spraying all over the place was a bit hard to miss.

We had a few options: Rebuild the joint, replace the joint, or replace the entire axle. Rebuilding or replacing just the joint is kind of messy, and then we'd still have one old--possibly original--CV joint. For $248.13 we scored a brand-new, OE-quality axle from AutohausAZ. We even got free shipping.

Installation went smoothly, and we spent some time cleaning up the mess. Now we can motor smoothly--well, sort of.

The car picked up a bit of growl a week or two ago. It sounded like a bad wheel bearing, and the right-front wheel did have a tiny bit of a wobble. We tightened the bearing and went for a follow-up drive. Problem: Now the noise seemed a bit worse. Solution: New front wheel bearings are on the way.

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