My axle boot is torn

Q: My right front outer CV axle boot is torn. The car rides fine right now. How long do you recommend I go before replacing the boot/axle?

A: The purpose of the boot on a CV axle is to retain the grease that lubricates the axle joint. When the boot tears the grease is thrown out of the joint while driving. The axle will not last long without the proper lubrication. There is no way to tell for sure how long it will last, however there is a way to tell when it absolutely must be replaced. If it starts making a clicking noise when turning it is on its last leg and needs to be replaced asap.

Service Area

Q: Tom, what areas are most of your customers from?

A: Most people try to find an auto repair shop within 15 miles of their house. That includes West Goshen Township, East Goshen Township, East Bradford Township, Exton, Downingtown, Malvern, West Chester University, Bradford, Marshall Square, including zip codes 19380, 19381, 19382, 19383, 19341, and 19335. I also have a lot of customers from the Havertown PA where I grew up and still live today. I find that people are willing to drive a little further to an auto repair shop when they find an auto mechanic that they trust.

Question from Larry

Q: I have 2003 Pontiac Vibe that makes a low, high pitched noise. It only happens when the car is warmed up, not when cold. If I shift from D to Neutral, it stops. Any ideas on what to check for?

A: If its only noisy in drive it could be transmission related. Does it make a difference if the car is moving or standing still? Does it make noise in reverse? Email me @ tom@tommysautomotive.com

Oil Changes

Q: How often should I change my oil?

A: You should change your oil at least every five months or 5,000 miles. I personally recommend every three months or 3,000 miles for typical city/local driving conditions in this area.

Problem Solved

Q: Tom, the Flux Capacitor in my delorean can’t modulate the 21 gigawatts of energy I need to transmogrify the time / space continuum. So far all attempts to locate a flux capacitor have proved fruitless, hence why I haven’t been able to time travel. They’ve got them in the future, but I can’t
get there to get one.

A: I dont know a great deal about flux capacitors as my machine does not use one. You could try getting in contact with Marty McFly, his delorean time machine is based on Flux capaitation and he maybe able to supply you with one.