If it is a bad wheel bearing you can find it easily. Jack up the car and get the wheel off the ground. Grab the tire at top and bottom and try to rock it. Motion here indicates wheel bearing or lower ball joint wear/damage. Then move your hands to the front/back and try moving it again. Motion here is tie rod ends or wheel bearing. To determine which. Just watch the parts as you rock the tire.
The torn boot could be one of three. There are two at each end of the axle assembly, they cover the inner and outer axle joints.
Shows those two.
The other boot will be on the end of the steering rack as shown in the attached picture.
A bad axle boot will allow the grease to be contaminated and can cause the joint to bind and stick and make noises. A bad steering rack boot allows dirt in and can damage the inner tie rod end and the rack seals causing it to leak.
A visual/hands on inspection should show the issue.
Thursday, December 15th, 2016 AT 3:49 PM