During the inspection I found the front right CV boot torn. This is easy and quick to fix.
Cut the old boot off the joint.
Play around with the old boot until you have enough grease on all your clothes.
My car was sitting on 4 jack stands, so I had to use an impact gun to remove the joint from the axle (if I tried using a breaker bar there would be no resistance and the axle would just spin).
Basically you just thread the new axle bolt into the joint until it bottoms out, then hit it with the impact gun until it separates. It doesn't take much.
After you've cleaned the splines of the shaft, install the thrust washer, plastic spacer, and joint retaining clip.
Now, because you forgot to install the new CV boot like I did, remove the retaining clip, spacer, and thrust washer. Install the new boot and THEN install the other parts.
Using a sledge, gently tap the joint back onto the shaft. Before I did this, I cleaned out as much old grease from the joint as I could and re-packed it with new grease.
Once the new joint is on the shaft, pack more new grease into the boot before clamping it on. I busted my universal crimping pliers right at the end of the job. Note to self: get the right tool for the job!
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