Finally replaced my LCA/hubs
and what a job it was. It isn't actually hard, but complicated. While I was down there I happened to notice other problems, such as my rotors which had been almost totally destroyed on the inside (this explains my grinding) as well as my UCA being loose.
I had to tighten the bolt on the passenger side close to the big wiring harness thats in the way. How the hell do you reach this and what size is it? cause best I could do was a 19mm wrench and patience.
anyway, I have to say what a difference it makes. Now I've still got knocking on the drivers side so that will need to be replaced as well.
the hardest part had to be after getting the new LCA put in lpace, tightening the bolt that holds the ball joint to the spindle. Once it went on the joint itself would start turning so the bolt wouldn't actually tighten.
an impact gun and a universal joint helped me here, enough to get it on, once it was tight I finished it off when the torque wrench.
the other problem bolt was the one connecting the lower arm steering strut to the LCA (I think thats what the book called it) trying to turn it results in the whole thing moving a bit because of the rubber bushings..... again, had to use the impact gun to get this SOB off....and it wasn't easy getting it tight with the rubber wanting to move when it got tight.
Heres what gets me, my service manual make it sound like an easy job, but it apparently leaves stuff out.
It tells you when to remove the strut/shock bolt/nut, but it never actually tells you to re-tighten it. It just mentions installing it loosely, not to tighten at this time, but by the end of the "installation" section, it hasn't mentioned to re-tighten it, or it's torque specs.
anyway, just thought I would share the experience with others, and what other things I found wrong.
btw don't grease your wheel bearings, I did my old ones, and had to clean grease off of everything, including my brake pads which were caked with slung on grease.
lastly how do you deal with that UCA nut?? there is so much stuff in the way you can BARELY get a wrench in there, and I don't happen to have a 6 point socket to fit the bolt on the inside of the wheel well....how do you get this on there tight without ruining it? I don't need mine coming loose again.