So I'm dealing with the owner of this car
to buy it.
Anywho, he has always taken it to the dealer for maintenance and doesn't know much about cars. He pulled out the latest oil change receipt, where they do an inspection as well (Nov/10).
Turns out the car needs an upper control arm in the front right, and both front springs are broken. Also, the tail shaft seal on the tranny is leaking. He declined all the work at that time due to the cost. Fortunately for me this has lowered the price I'll pay by quite a bit :-)
So my question is this... how urgent is it to replace the control arm and springs?
I won't drive the car a lot, but I do plan on taking it on the highway a bit (100 miles round trip).
I know the leak on the tranny is small and can wait a few months if necessary. I'm pretty sure the broken springs aren't an *immediate* concern, but I think the control arm maybe should be replaced soon. The notes didn't say why it needed to be replaced, so I'm guessing it's either because the bushings are shot or the balljoint is shot. Either way it needs to be done.
I've found some good threads here and I'm confident I can tackle the UCA replacement when the weather gets better, and I'll probably replace both while I'm at it. As for the springs, I'm still deciding what to do. I think I may as well replace the struts & springs at the same time. Whether or not I can handle that task, I'm not sure, I'll do some more reading. I'll probably replace all bushings and stuff up front while I'm doing the work or having it done by a shop.
If I get the car for sure, I'll post another pic or two, and details on the car.