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One of the most impotanat compnents on a Fwd car are the Constant Velocity joints. The CV joints are used to transfer torque at a constand speed with a operationg through a wide range of angels. If you see your Cv boot has split,inspect it as soon as possible. If you notice any foamy or mily apperance that will tell you that water is in the join. If you feel a gritty feeling in the grease that means that you have dirt inside the CV joint if you notice any of this you have to replace the whole CV joint. ON a side note if you notice vibration in your car it could be most likely due to your wheels being not balanced but it could also come from your CV joints. IF the vibration occurs at high way speeds but it comes and goes its your CV joints. The easiest way to know if you have bad Cv joints is to go in reverse in a tight circle, you will hear clicking
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I'm 35 yrs old and been driving since 15 1/2, always a FWD. Probably half of the miles I've ever driven have been on vehicles with leaking/cracked cv boots. You can go years without fixing them, as I have. But I am in a very dry climate, southern AZ, so it depends on your situation. When we do fix them out here, we always replace all 4 boots, actually we just replace the entire axle on both sides.