Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: San Antonio, TX
Drives: 1999 Duratec
Rep Power: 23
I just finished overhauling my front suspension. In retrospect, if paying only $240 for labor to have the struts changed, that's a good deal. You definitely want to have a new spring coil installed at the same time as they get weaker with time and probably hasten the demise of replacement struts. It's not a hard job, but doing it for the first time will always results in many many issues, questions, etc. I think I made 2-3 trips to parts or tool stores just to get a little tool or socket that my (already big) collection of tools lacks. Getting the damn ball joints studs on an off the control arm was the hardest part.
I would recommend to try to change as many problem parts as you can identify. For example, ball joints, inner and outer tie rod ends, control arm bushings, sway bar end links, etc may start going bad at this millage. Specially ball joints and control arms are a big pain to do, but if struts will come off, then you might as well replace them if there are signs of wear.
Last edited by fct; 11-11-2012 at 04:21 AM.