My outlander is new so I can't comment on that..
the boots are made of rubber/plastic, the majority of the cost is the labor. As they must remove the drive shaft in order to fit a one piece (stock) boot on. The purpose of the boot is to keep the joints lubricated, and dust/rock free.
ok to the point!
You can buy split boots, they have a slit in them so they can go over the existing boot and then clamps at the axel and the wheel. the boots cost about $70.
How to fit it.
brush out as much dirt gravel what ever is in there.. Use the grease gun, as the new grease goes in, old grease is flushed out through the crack, when clean grease starts coming out, clean up the area and put on the new boot...
yes this is a Quick/cheat way out. however if the joint is still sold it works fine!
I have been using one for over 8 years on my 93 mazda mystere and it's still holding fine! I have also done this to two of buddy's cars and they worked there as well.
Ps. I seen reference to glue together boots.. I have never used them so I can't comment.. mine came from Canadian tire..
I had mine done about 2 months ago.. I had ordered parts from partsgeek.. Got C.V axles for approx $65 per piece. The labor was a whooping $250 for it. Had the same issue with the boots, so got them replaced.
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