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If the axle is flange mounted (which is rare for this model year), it is fairly easy to remove the axle, change boots on the work bench and then reinstall the axle.The price for boots is vary, $12 to $20 each. If you are careful and have small 1/8 inch flat screwdriver and long nose pliers, you even could save and re-use the original boot clamps (they are much better then aftermarket: no special tools are needed for installation, they apply even clamping force to the boot). While inner boot can be a budget brand, the outer needs to be high quality due to the fact that failure of the outer joint calls for rebuild axle. The Autozone loans an axle pusher, that pushes its end out of hub, no caliper/rotor removal is necessary. The axle nut is tight so brake it loose with car on the ground or use impact wrench (cordless works too).
If th axles are spline-end type, let the shop take care of it. (Costs about $90 for 2 boots and labor).
Last edited by Doctor J; 09-11-2006 at 04:32 PM.