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keepitsimple
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Sep 23, 2014, 7:39 AM

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found out my front right boot is leaking somewhat, i was wondering how long can i drive on this? i need to get to my appointments and i have no other way. i cant get it fixed until october...


Discretesignals
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Sep 23, 2014, 9:19 AM

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Well, you kept it too simple. Which boot? Year, make, model, and engine size?





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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 23, 2014, 9:24 AM

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Crystal ball seems to be working DS. I think we are talking about a CV/Driveshaft boot probably spraying out grease.


Yes those can wait a bit if making no symptoms but must go. Best as whole shaft and check all and do both side at the same visit if near worn as when dirt gets in or even water they are done with.


All that if you aren't talking about a boot on your foot leaking!


T



keepitsimple
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Sep 23, 2014, 11:18 AM

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2001 dodge dakota sport, front right boot was leaking fluid... that is all i know about this... im not a mechanic or a specialist...


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 23, 2014, 12:54 PM

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When ready then just ask for a quote for a 1/2 shaft or axle for each but leave room if they run into a snag that might make it more. Again consider both sides if this car is a keeper for you.


You can look up parts costs + some markup a shop does to get a clue of costs ahead of time or swing by a shop of your choice they could probably just glance and see for sure for you and price it out,


T



Discretesignals
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Sep 23, 2014, 5:34 PM

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It is either a steering rack boot or CV axle if this is 4wd. If it is a rack boot that is leaking fluid, you'll need a new steering rack. If the CV boot is ripped, as Tom stated, grease will come out. You can probably get away with driving it with a torn CV axle boot till you have the money. If the rack is leaking out a torn steering rack boot, you may need to keep an eye on the power steering fluid.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 23, 2014, 6:14 PM

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Good point DS - the crystal ball isn't always right but pretty good. OP - if this is out of a power steering boot you need to get on it or perhaps this has a steering damper too and IMO that could wait but you need to know if you don't find out and do check PS fluid and find out right away what is doing what and the urgency. You said you weren't a tech so find out in person as running low on PS can be much more involved later if it ran out.


That spraying grease out of CV boot can wait some time not the PS rack though. Any bad sounds or feeling rush to fix it,


T







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