Hope I didn't damage a CV joint... opinions?
So after a successful DIY install of my rear Bilstein 4600 shocks (2012 Laredo 4x4 – QuadraTrac I), I did my research and decided to do the fronts. I took the old stock struts (with springs) to a shop down the road to have the springs compressed and installed onto the new 4600 struts. Everything is swapped out and put back together and I've made several test drives and everything seems fine with no noises.
But (the reason for this post), I did not remove the very rusted hub bolt but kept the hub attached, as I saw a couple of videos do successfully. On the drivers side, when we pushed down the lower control arm to remove the old strut, the upper ball joint arm pivoted outward and the half-shaft slipped barely out of the front diff. No dirt or grit got into there (that I could see) and it slipped back in. When I was re-attaching the upper ball joint, I think the upper part of the half-shaft (inner CV joint?) sort of settled in. Maybe I'm wrong and it was the main shaft that settled into the front diff, but I thought we had gotten it flush. I read somewhere that some CV joints can be ruined if they get separated inside the boot, but there are many different kinds of CV joint and ours may not have this problem.
Everything seems to be working fine. Did I dodge a bullet, or did I just sign up for multi hundred dollar stupid tax? Do I need to do anything or look for anything? The half-axle is very snug and feels normal; no play anywhere. Just asking if anyone with some more experience has run across this before, thanks.