I recently purchased a 1996 Honda Accord LX from a good friend. The car was thoroughly checked out by her mechanic (who has worked on the car since she purchased the vehicle in 1998). The mechanic stated the axle boot needed replacing, which it was, as part of our negotiation.
My concern is that this new part is faulty or that there is something else/something wrong with the CV Joint that should have been corrected and wasn't. My concern arose when I was driving this car on the 405FWY (those of you in the LA, CA area will recognize this, especially)...the pavement is grooved with verticle lines/each lane which causes car steering to swerve a bit. My prior vehicle (which was a lower-profile vehicle...sportscar) would swerve a bit in this area, but because the steering was much tighter, it was not as noticeable as it is on this vehicle ('96 Honda) and much easier to control. Driving the Honda on this particular type of pavement I experienced a more drastic swerving - to the point I felt as if I were driving on an ice patch. Does the CV joint/boot have anything to do with this? If not, what else might cause this, other than the pavement surface? I admit I am a bit paranoid as I lost my prior vehicle earlier this year in an auto accident...lost control while trying to stop... due to bad pavement (what a surprise)...I really don't want to re-live that experience if I can help it.
The car has 4 brand-new tires, allignment and balancing, all completed at the time of purchase. The brakes were checked and ok'd by the seller's mechanic at the time the axel boot was replaced. The seller was charged $350 for this repair, which I gathered was mostly due to the labor involved...isn't everything?
If anyone has any information to share, I would really appreciate it!