I didn't feel any play at all when I was rotating the tires, but then again i wasn't looking for that.
No burning smell at all.
I did visually inspect everything in the wheel well when i was rotating the tires and the boots looked good, no dry rot or breaks in it. However I didn't inspect beyond the wheel well and i believe there is an inner boot i need to check right?
I do plan getting on a lift and double checking everything and trying everything that you guys advised. I didn't think to spin the tires and listen for grinding so i'll be sure to do that next time.