Do you ever have one of those days where you wish you just hadn't started? Well today I did.
I've been collecting parts for a suspension over haul for a few weeks now and today was my first and only day off for months so I jacked the car up and got to work... Sadly absolutely everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.
Firstly it took 2 hours to remove the drop link, it just kept spinning and I ended up sawing the bolt and driving 15 miles to get new drop links.
I decided to just loosen the track rod end in the hope it would give me enough movement in the hub to remove the strut, this turned out to be a mistake as once I'd knocked down the tre the hub didn't have enough movement to get the strut out and the tre just spun when I tried to remove it fully, I ended up retightening it then completely undoing the nut. Then my next mistake, by this time it was dark and when I went to hit the tre out with my rubber mallet I had actually picked up my metal hammer which resulted in me ruining the threads on the tre AND smashing what I assume is a ceramic heat shield?
That still didn't give me enough wiggle room so I turned my attention to the ball joint, I removed the bolt without issue but no matter how much pressure I put on the lower wishbone I can't get the ball joint to fully separate, at this point (half 9) I called it a day.
So the state of play is, I need to find a new tre in the morning, work out how to split the ball joint and push the lower wishbone down and work out what it was I smashed. The plan was to change the ball ,p bushes and front bushes whilst I'm doing the springs and top mount bearings but after this faff and having seen the state of the ball joint mounting hardware I'm starting to think I shouldn't have bothered.
Any advice or just encouragement would be a great help!