Inspect the inner boot on that CV axle. It is probably torn.
If the bearing races aren't worn you could probably get away with just cleaning the bearings, repacking them in grease, and replacing the boot...but seeing how they are relatively cheap and are a wear item, I usually just replace the whole axle when they go.
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I didn't notice the rip when I looked the first time but when I turned the wheel and looked harder I saw a tare. Just for anybody else that might have this issue it went bad at 105k don't no when the axle was replaced last (bought at 98k)
Would it be best for me not to drive till I replace it.
Suggest you can keep driving it if you've committed to replacing the half-shaft. Likely have several weeks before the clunking on turns begins, indicating a definite point of no return.
If you're inclined to try to repair, suggest to do a whole boot replacement. I haven't had much luck with the split boots that need to be glued together in place. This would need to be done reasonably soon, although driving it for a couple of days shouldn't be a problem.
For me, a replacement half-shaft with a warranty is worth the extra pesos as compared to messing with that boot.
In short, this isn't an immediate come-apart situation. However, your decision on which way to go determines how fast you need to get there.
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Zspot so if I replace the axle, the seal my be still leaking, or if I replace the axle will that cover that also. Zero exsperiance In axle work. So I guess I'm trying to ask is it included in the axle assembly
I went to a shop and showed them the greese after I cleaned it up and they told me it was dirt and oil down there and the axle was fine. (Then I showed the the boot. They didn't notice) but anyway they said the rack is leaking but wouldn't my power steering fluid be low. But after they didn't notice the leaking boot I didn't want them doing any work on it so I left. Haven't drove the car much since
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