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Old 08-19-2015, 08:58 PM
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New front axles and suspension

So I noticed a torn outer CV boot a couple of weeks ago while I was underneath changing the O2 sensors. It has just started to fling grease onto the wheel.

Looks like the tension strut/control arm bushings are shot too. I decided to do a major service on Sunday: new front CV axles, axle seals, tension struts, control arms, ball joints and swag bar links. And while the belly pan was off, changed diff and transfer case oil.

All was going fine until I tried removing the ball joint from the steering knuckle. Some nimrod in Munich thought it would be great to use an E-torx bolt to hold the ball joint to the knuckle. It wouldn't budge, tried heat, tried penetrating oil and heat, tried coaxing it out with an impact wrench on low setting...No dice. Head snapped off flush with the knuckle. Spent 4 hours drilling the little devil out; neither an extractor or a left handed drill bit would remove it. Managed to save the threads though... what a pain.

I also discovered you need to remove an air duct on the drivers side, behind the bumper. There's not enough clearance to remove the bolt from the front control arm. There's an access panel in the front fender liner, remove two screws and wiggle the duct free; looks like it feeds air to the alternator (3.0i, the V8s may not have it?).

Once I got past that, everything went together fine, now on to the other side.
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