Hey folks! I took my car to a shop for an inspection into the rattling I was hearing from the front end, and it turns out the whole front end is shot - all the joints are rotted. I bought inner tie rods, outter tie rods, upper control arms, sway bar links, and lower ball joints at the recommendation of the shop (or rather, I bought all the parts on their estimate). My questions about this job...
Am I missing anything else that is part of that setup? My initial examination leads me to believe I have a new part for everything that is going bad - but that's just from what I can see while the car is on the ground.
Do I need special tools to get the old lower ball joints out and the new ones in? I didn't realize this was a piece I could use with the OEM lower control arm - does it work to just swap out the bad ball joint with a new one?
What other special tools will I need? I have a good saw, so I can hack out any tricky bolts if I need to. How necessary is a torque wrench? Is there a reason I shouldn't just make everything very tight?
What order should this be done in - or can I just take everything out, then put all the new stuff in? Should any of this be done with the car on the ground - or can it all be done on the jack stands? Is anything going to require vigorous force that might pose a threat to the integrity of the stands (and how can I avoid this from the get-go)?
Do I need any new bolts, aside from the ones that came with the upper control arms?
Is there anything else I should know before I tear apart my car?
Thanks everyone! This forum has been a big help in the last couple days (and doing this myself is going to save me over $1700 - based on the estimate I got today for *cough*overpriced*cough* parts and labor). Please don't tell me to take it to a pro - this is my "project car" so to speak - paying someone else to do the work doesn't seem like a fun hobby (and my wallet would hate you).