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4x4 front rubber boot- lifespan?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by odysseus99, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Feb 6, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    odysseus99 [OP] Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    98 taco 4x4 xtracab SR5
    I have a 98 4x4 Tacoma with 80k on it. CV boots look fine, a bit dirty but when I wipe off the dirt I don't see any cracking. Still, I want to replace them BEFORE they crack so as not to risk dirt in the expensive CV joints. So, in your experience, how long can these things last before they start to see cracking? Should I armorall them? Other longevity tips?

    I do mostly highway miles, 4x4 is just for snow and gravel roads, no offroading at all. Truck lives in a garage.

    Guess the same question applies to the power steering boots.


  2. Feb 6, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Brunes abides.

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    NO-Don't armorall them. Armor all will dry the rubber out faster unless you continue to reapply it liberally/regularly.

    I would let it be man. I've blown out CV boots before and just replaced the boot when it happened, wiped the grease that was slung out of the boot, and life went on. I wouldn't worry about replacing the boot before you need to because of worry about destroying a CV joint with a little bit of dirt.
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