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:
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.