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Safe to drive back home with torn ball joint boot?

It should be safe to drive it home. The only purpose of the boot is to keep the lubricant (grease) in the joint. When the boot is torn, the grease will start to dry out and/or leak out of the boot, ...
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Steering wheel feels loose without any play

You said there was a change and you have reserves about driving it safely. This means it's definitely something to worry about. You absolutely need a second opinion. Considering the recent work I ...
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Continual knocking sound coming from a front wheel when turning

A worn CV joint is the most likely issue that would cause knocking at full steering lock. What usually happens is a split forms in the CV joint rubber boot which allows the grease to escape and dirt ...
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Finding banging/clanking noises when driving over rough surfaces or potholes

You didn't mention checking the exhaust system. If an exhaust hangar has rusted away or broken, some part of the exhaust system could be swinging and clanking against the underbody. If you can put the ...
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What are those two broken parts?

You have a broken axle and a broken lower balljoint. Your balljoint is part of the lower control arm assembly, which needs to be replaced. You could also potentially need a steering knuckle if it was ...
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Is this ball joint okay?

If there are no visible tears in the boot (ie: leaking grease), it should be just fine. I can see the slight deformation of the boot (right side), but other than that, I don't see any tears in it. My ...
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Broken coil spring?

That sure looks like something is broken and the spring seems to be the most likely candidate. I'm not sure about your arrows but the way the coils are rubbing against the strut is not right.
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Safe to drive back home with torn ball joint boot?

Just don't worry, carry on and fix it when possible. On a dry, high-quality road this is safe for at least few thousand kilometers. A moderate rain is not an issue either. In the worst case, you will ...
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Squealing noise from front of car while driving

Yes, it sounds like a brake wear indicator and it does not sound like a wheel bearing. It's easy enough to check by taking a peek at the brake pads to see if they are nearly worn down. You didn't say ...
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What are those two broken parts?

Looks like what happened was your ball joint broke (the black knob looking thing at the bottom-middle of the picture), and as the control arm fell, the strut (the wishbone looking thing just to the ...
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Beetle makes creaking noises

I have a Jetta of the same generation that shares almost all parts with the NB except the sheet metal, and I've had to replace numerous rubber parts over the years. No way to tell what it is from the ...
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Installing Rubber Parts Final Tightening Carried Under Unladen Condition With Tires On Ground

The only thing in your diagram I'm see where there are rubber parts are the lower A-frames. The bolts in question are circled in red. There will be a second set on the backside (which you can't see in ...
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Mystery car noise when driving

It sounds like something loose, somewhere on the car, is flapping in the wind as you drive. The vibration sounds much too fast to be suspension-related as you drove on a smooth road in the video. The ...
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Is it normal for a bolt+nut that goes through a control arm bushing to still be able to spin after being torqued down?

Having installed suspension on many an EJ Civic, I can tell you that it's normal for that bolt to spin independent of the control arm. The reason it spins freely now is because in removing it, you ...
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What are the benefits of lowering a vehicle for racing

I think the easiest way to realize your initial argument of why lower the center of gravity, can easily be shown as misguided by this one simple statement. If what you are suggesting is accurate, why ...
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