Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: (Near) Dallas, Tx
I just did most of what you listed.
Some say to wait until the part needs to be changed. I can agree with that mentality as I am a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" kind of guy myself, but some of the parts just make more sense to go ahead and replace while you are in there.
The front knuckle has to come out in order to change the strut. To take the knuckle out, you have to take the lower ball joint out. If you are taking the ball joint loose, you might as well replace it or the entire LCA and be done with the entire area. Oh, and inner and outer tie rods and sway bar bushing, because I have no idea how much more fun those are to change with parts in the way !
Also, I learned as I was doing the job that the wreck it had been in did affect some parts of the car and their replacement was loooong overdue. I was lucky, to say the least, especially the way I drove home after third watch.
I am replacing the rear hubs since I am doing a rear brake job at the same time. I do not desire to do a brake job and then a few months later have to go right back in.
(I have one bearing on the back kind of making the wob-wob noise. If that (wob-wob) makes sense to anyone, let's check into the same mental hospital together as I hear they give couple's discounts!)