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Old 09-25-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Am going to new york from maryland. And i have a bad front axle.
Have no time to replace it, what u guys thing. This is safe or danger to drive like this. Please letme know asap. (Car is lowered) thanks.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Go for it but only if you're doing 90+. The momentum will keep the axle in place.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:02 AM   #3
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Let me know when you are going, so I am not driving near you. Do you have a crash helmet? Make sure to install a roll-bar and 5 point seat-belt before leaving.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:05 AM   #4
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No. Its not safe.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:18 AM   #5
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What do you mean front axle? Is your car AWD?
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:53 AM   #6
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No is rwd. But the front boot is worn . So am very worried, driving whit that. And have no other car to make that trip.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:20 AM   #7
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Which front boot are you talking about? If it's not AWD, there is no front axle on your car.

Why not rent a car, or take the train or bus, if the car is not safe?
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:24 AM   #8
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Yeah what axle are you talking about? Not sure if serious..
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:29 AM   #9
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No is rwd. But the front boot is worn . So am very worried, driving whit that. And have no other car to make that trip.
you probably meant to say inner tie rods boot?
http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...&fg=25&lang=en
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:37 AM   #10
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you probably meant to say inner tie rods boot?
http://realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?...&fg=25&lang=en
Yeah that part. Is the number 1 on the right syde on the diagram i thing!
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:54 AM   #11
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you'll be getting accelerated wear on the linkage and on the steering rack if you drive like that due to dust/debris. Other than that, I don't think anything catastrophic will happen
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:10 AM   #12
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Thanks broh to help me whit that. U thing if i put some grease on it will help?
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It will help attract the dust/debris faster, yes.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:26 AM   #14
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i thing u better take da train dawg
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:27 AM   #15
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:12 PM   #18
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Am going to new york from maryland. And i have a bad front axle.
Have no time to replace it, what u guys thing. This is safe or danger to drive like this. Please letme know asap. (Car is lowered) thanks.
Bad front axle? Do you have an xi?

If you do have an xi, and the axle breaks, it could be big trouble, and the trouble gets bigger the further you get from your house.

Smart money would rent a car from Enterprise, and get the BMW fixed, or fix it yourself when you get home.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:17 PM   #20
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No is rwd. But the front boot is worn . So am very worried, driving whit that. And have no other car to make that trip.
You should get rid of your car and buy a bus pass.

The question was if the car was AWD, you replied, no but the boot is worn. WHAT BOOT? if the car is not AWD, then the only boot is on a tie rod end or maybe on a ball joint, and neither of these are problematic in the near term. they are not good, but they are not likely to pick this moment in the history of mankind to suffer a catastrophic failure. A boot in a tie rod or ball joint will lead to early end-life of the parts the boot covers, but this is not something to obsess about.

What car, EXACTLY do you have, and what boot is torn?
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