My driver's side front outer CV boot is torn so I need to figure out a solution. My question is can you remove the front axle without removing the hub from the ball joint. In many previous cars that I have owned, you could leave the ball joint together and just remove the strut from the hub and articulate the hub downward to get clearance for the axle to come out. Does anyone have first-hand account of trying this? I just hate taking ball joints apart, and the vehicle is at 155k of salt-belt life, so I worry it will really put up a fight. Thanks!