In another thread, I found some bad looking parts in my suspension.
I have new upper and lower control arms and sway bar links to start with. I decided to tackle the left upper control arm first. It wasn't too difficult to remove the old one. Only 1 of the 3 bolts was properly tightened. So nothing was too tight. The new upper control is loosely installed. The manuals say to tighten the bushings with the arm in horizontal position. It's a bit hard to judge the best position of horizontal with the car on jack stands and not being familiar with it.
Since I will be replacing everything connected to the spindle, what order works best? It seems like I may need to connect the upper control arm to the spindle in order to separate the lower balljoint. The manual says to support the upper control arm when the lower control arm is removed so the bushings aren't stressed. Maybe it would be better to do the lower arm first. Any tips on the sway bar links would help too! Thanks!
You're removing/replacing almost everything, or you should be.
Upper and lower control arm replacement is pretty straightforward; do the upper, leave the bolts slightly loose.
Support the spindle with a large releaseable wire tie to the upper shock spring, so it's not hanging from the brake lines.
Put the lower arm on, leaving is slightly loose at the frame and shock absorber.
Replace the LCA side strut rod bushings; you may have to leave this a bit loose until everything is partially assembled.
I'd replace the shocks, if they're original.
Tokico Blues are recommended, unless you want to spend even more.
Ready-struts are an option, but you won't be happy with how soft they are.
Replace the sway bar endlinks.
Put the lower balljoint back in the spindle, and tighten it up.
*Use components that are regreaseable.*
After everything is loosely reassembled, put the jack under the LCA, and put enough pressure on it to move it up into place, then tighten everything up.
You will need an alignment, so I'd do both sides first.
Here's a good thread; we just need to fix the picture links.
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