Each CV joint is covered by a rubber or plastic boot, known as a CV boot or drive axle boot. These boots are responsible for keeping the CV joints lubricated and preventing dirt and water from getting in.
What happens when a CV boot becomes damaged?
When a CV boot leaks, it can cause the attached joint to become damaged posing a serious safety hazard. First, the grease can leak out—when this happens the boot will leak grease onto the inside of the wheel. Often times the grease can also be flung onto the chassis or other parts on the underside of the vehicle as the axle turns.
Without proper covering or lubrication, moisture and dirt can get in causing excess wear and tear. Extremely worn bearings can cause issues with brakes and suspension components.
Read more: Common Signs of a Leaking CV Boot
So… can I drive?
It’s possible to drive with a leaking CV boot, but you should try to get it fixed right away. If left unaddressed, this could affect the function of your axle.
If your axles are failing, it’s very ill-advised to continue driving and not recommended by most mechanics. Failing axles are at risk of breaking or completely failing at any point; when your axle fails, you’ll lose control of the car, possibly causing an accident or crashing. It’s a far better choice to have the problem diagnosed and repaired now, rather than taking that chance
Read more: Can I Drive My Car With a Broken Axle?
If you notice or suspect that your CV boot may be damaged, have one of our professional technicians inspect the vehicle to determine if a replacement is appropriate, or if the entire joint should be replaced. All of our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.