Front Suspension: Intro
After around 100,000 miles, the front suspension will be ready for some new parts.
This includes struts, ball joints and tie-rod ends.
As my car needs them, I will add the front A-Arm suspension bushings and sway bar bushings.
The need of special parts is fairly small. Just a spring compressor and torque wrench will do fine.
An alignment will be necessary after changing either the struts or tie-rod ends.
Because of this it is much easier to replace all of the parts in one shot rather than spread them out.
A valuable reference is the Haynes manual. It contains all of the torque specs needed for the suspension bolts.
It is well worth the money. It also has some additional procedures and pictures for reference.
Use the step tabs to go through each section individually!
Step 1 is replacing ball joints.
Step 2 is replacing struts.
Step 3 is replacing the lower control arm bushings.