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Hi Dimitri

In my experience (mostly minis) the steel parts of the joint and the balls don't wear a lot, the part that wears is the ball carrier
In a mini it wears until you can feel it pulse on corners - at that stage the next hard throttle with lock on results in your balls escaping and a lack of drive.

I suspect that you will find that either the boots have small holes or cracks or that somebody had a boot fail and replaced the boot withour cleaning and re-greasing,

with a mini you can drive for thousands of miles with a bad CV as long as you lift off when you steer

Minis used a special green grease that was incredibly sticky and messy
 
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