I was in a an accident back in march. Got hit on the right steering tower and found out there was a lot of work that needed to be done to the front end. ball joints, left brake calipers and things like that. I took it back to the body shop where the guy (dave) was able to also help me with the front end under neath stuf too. Anyway I have been hearing a clicking noise when I make left turns. I took it back to Dave who wanted to make sure things were safe and sound. he referred me to a friend of his (Donny) who told me all boots under the car were good and that i needed a swing kit. He replaced the swing kit (~$100) and told me it needed to be done but i would likely still here the clicking and he needed an open ticket it to dig further and he would be charging $94 dollars an hour labor (seems high to me).
So I get home and just want to look and crawl under the car. What I think is the drive axle boot is totally torn open, enopugh that I can stick my fingers up insde there. The clicking suond continues. So i take it back to Donny ask about the torn boot. He is a royal rump roast and shoes me away like a fly and says maybe I need to go to a smarter mechanic. I am not really sure what i did pay for and not to keen to go back to the guy just to get some understanding.
Questions now: There must be CV boots and drive axle boots? Is this so? How much of a concern is a torn drive axle boot? How long can I let it go and put up with the clicking noise? Does anyone here have a rough idea of what replacing one of those would run? If I let it go am I risking further irreversible damage?
Lastly: any suggestions for good subaru repair shops (non-dealer) in the twin cities area?
Sorry for the long story but the guy, Donny, it probably the worst car repair experience I have had. thanks for thoughts...