I think it’s overstayed its welcome.
Pops asked me to check out “a noise” on his PT Cruiser. Wasn’t hard to track down. Turns out, it’s one of several items from a list of parts that the tire shop warned him about... back in February. He wanted to know if it was safe to drive for a few more days.
I talked him out of that idea, and we went ahead and changed the driver’s side one (the local parts store had only one in stock, so the other side will have to wait).
Of course these are sealed joints, so no grease fittings. How convenient.
Once the old one was removed, I cut off the dust boot for a closer look. You can see the gap in the first pic. Here’s another view of the worn ball: