Has anybody recently replaced their LCA ball joints? How long do they generally last and if they do wear or have high mileage, what are the symptoms?
Lift the front of the car until the wheel is 1-2 inches off the ground. Put a large pry bar (48") under the wheel and lift it up. Watch the ball joint for looseness while lifting. Here's the gotcha, its difficult for one person to watch the ball joint while you're lifting with the pry bar. That's why I take my car to a quality alignment shop once a year. For $60 they do a complete inspection. They've got a machine that shakes the wheels so they can spot any worn ball joints or bushings.what are the symptoms?
The problem with replacing one part at a time is you need to have the alignment redone after each part swap. Also, if you still have a bad balljoint or bushing it will cause the other parts to wear out more rapidly. Many of the parts require removing the spring. If you are going through that trouble you are better off doing a complete overhaul.I am a DIYer and my approach has been to change one part at a time to see if improvements occur. This is a PITA but I guess worth it in the end...for the ultimate ride...
Do you think this is the right plan?