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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I was having a look under my car today when I noticed grease in the area with the yellow rectangle on the left part of the pic here (pic is not my car):



Initially I thought it would be a leak from the CV boot but I checked all around it and tried to squeeze it with my hand and it looks OK.

The grease did not seem like a leak in the sense that it was in the recess of that piece above and seemed like someone tried to get rid of a blob of grease from his hand by wiping it in the corner there :crazy:

Is there any other part around the lateral link that has grease inside? I have now wiped it and will check again.

I should have taken a pic but it was quite tight squeezing the camera under there.

Could it be that the garage who fitted the OEM struts managed to pull the CV boot out and this happened or am I paranoid?

The CV boot still has the metalic clip around it and is clean even on the underside of it with no signs of having had a leak and being cleaned, the grease was only in the recess of the metal part of the pic.

Any ideas?

Edit: I had my trailing links changed last month with Sti items , maybe the garage used grease to lubricate the old nuts(!) or somewhere in the process and then wiped the excess there? That is the only other explanation I can think of.
 

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i would have also guessed the cv boot. but after reading your post it could easily be a messy mechanic as well.

since you've already cleaned it up i would just drive around normal for a day or two then check it again.
 

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Mmmm... FSTI porn... I'll be back in a few. :drool:

Yeah, I'd say a messy mechanic.
 

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Also not a bad area to keep lubed if you live in a state that uses salt in the winter and you might ever want to take the lateral link bolt out.
 

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Checked again today and all is nice and clear. Someone did really wipe his finger there.
 

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If someone replaced the long bolt in the knuckle (the one that goes through that area and the lateral links), they probably coated it in antiseize as that bolt tends to get completely stuck in the knuckle (since the highlighted area is open to the elements)
 
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