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The Dangers of Replacing a Split Boot

A split boot on a ball joint or track rod end means there is a high chance that the joint will have suffered unseen damage due to the ingress of contaminants:

 
  • Water will cause corrosion to the ball pin resulting in rapid wear
  • Contaminants such as grit and road salt will produce an abrasive paste causing rapid wear of the ball pin and seat
  • Road salt will also hasten the rusting process and speed up joint failure

 

 

Rusted and corroded ball joint

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy contamination on ball joint

 

 

 

Using replacement boots on safety critical items such as ball joints and track rod ends can give customers a false sense of confidence that the part is fit for service. First Line strongly recommends that a split boot means that the only safe option for the garage fitter and the customer is to replace the damaged joint, not just the boot.

Think safe – replace the joint.

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