As long as the CV boot is intact, the CV axle will be OK, they will usually fail when the boots become ripped/torn and water gets into the outer joint washing away the lubricant.
To check this:
Raise car, put on stands. Grasp tire and push/pull both horizontally and vertically, if any movement then possible wheel bearing, ball joint, tie rod, control arm bushing.
Check CV boots for any signs of leakage or cuts/rips in rubber boot.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 AT 7:35 AM