Front drive axle throwing grease

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    DefaultFront drive axle throwing grease

    Hi all
    While changing the oil in my '03 Tundra last week I noticed both front drive axles have been throwing grease from the inner boots. Closer inspection reveals no torn boots, appears the metal band between the larger and smaller inner boots has just loosened allowing grease to escape. I haven't heard any grinding or clicking while driving. Truck has 123K on it, as far as I know these are original axles.
    As far as I can tell my options are to remove and replace entire axle assembly, or remove and rebuild with a "boot kit".
    My questions are: 1 - Based on mileage should I just replace the axles, even though there is no evidence (i.e. noise) indicating the CV joints are bad? 2 - If replacement isn't necessary, is there a way I can re-grease the boots and tighten the bands without removing the axles.
    Thanks for the info.

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    DefaultRe: Front drive axle throwing grease

    this is actually on my "to-do" list, I'm in the same boat where there is grease being thrown but the stock clamps are still in place. With that scenario I cant see how much dirt would find its way into the boot to ruin the cv's. I would imagine that if you're not hearing the tell tale signs of a messed up cv then all you should really do is pull the stock clamp off, pull the boot back, inspect for excessive dirt and such, liberally apply some cv joint grease and install a new point in replacing axles if you dont need to, down the road if they start clicking....then do it, but dont jump the gun if you dont have to. Its not like they're just going to explode into tiny pieces from normal driving.
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    DefaultRe: Front drive axle throwing grease

    Or use the OEM clamp and BLUE thread locker.

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    DefaultRe: Front drive axle throwing grease

    remove the POS stock clamp(s) and peel back the boot and put half a package of CV JOINT grease in each joint. then reclamp.
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