The Steering and Driveshaft mechanisms on most modern cars have a number of protective rubber boots designed to keep moisture and dirt from damaging vital components.
They are rubber covers that seal each end of the car’s steering rack or CV joint, while still allowing movement of the steering shaft and drive shafts.
They seal in the lubricant and seal out dirt and water.
When they tear or break, dirt and water from the road will enter the components and wear them rapidly.
WHY REPLACE THEM?
Just like your gum boots in the mud, you do not want a tear or break in your Steering and CV Boots.
Early replacement of your car’s Steering Rack and Constant Velocity (CV) boots when they start to wear, perish or tear can save the added expense of replacing the components that they are meant to protect.
WHY DO THEY TEAR?
They are made of rubber and are exposed to the elements under your car. They are also subject to a lot of repetitive movement.
As they get older the rubber perishes and eventually will tear.
Replacing the boots before they wear out is a good example of how money spent on car maintenance can save a lot more money in repairs.
WHEN SHOULD THEY BE REPLACED?
When your car is serviced regularly, your Bosch Auto Service NDM mechanic will spot when these boots are nearing the end of their useful life and report this to you.
REMEMBER: Money spent on maintenance can save costly repairs.
We are happy to answer any more questions you may have regarding steering rack boots.