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Old 06-07-2015, 11:14 AM   #1
tvbuster
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Default I tore my ball joint boot question

Hey guys,

I accidentally tore my rear ball joint boot when trying to remove it with a pickle fork.

My question is how urgent is this to fix? I need to drive my car every day to work but don't want to destroy the whole ball joint. I know I should get a new boot. Also, does anyone know if there is a way to seal it instead of getting a new boot?

Thanks for the help
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Old 06-07-2015, 11:40 AM   #2
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It's really impossible to tell how long it will last.
For daily driving in the city in dry weather it could be fine for another couple of years.
In the snow with salt on the road it could be destroyed in a month or so.

You can try taping plastic around it, or some rubber. It really is just a cover to keep the dirt out. Nothing hi-tech about it at all. So anything else that keeps dirt out will do just as well.
If you drive in the rain just make sure that anything extra you put on doesn't hold water inside instead. This could be even worse.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:01 PM   #3
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That's a good point. Maybe I can re grease it every once in a while.

I'm not sure that I could even put a new one on.

I do live in New England so I'll probably do something before winter.

Thanks for the help
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