I’ve got the same breaker bar , absolutely invaluable to help with the Hi torque stuff .So uh... call me crazy but uh... I might be about to order this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002PMJ2LE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=AS627NMCZ743&psc=1
I now realise I was trying to do it with a relatively small socket wrench and a wheel nut breaker bar with a weird bend in it, which are literally the wrong tools for the job. I do really feel a bit nervous about putting the car on stands as the MB jack stand blocks are really weird to me. It works well for the spare wheel suicide jack, but for actual jack stands... it's the most stressful bit for me.
Once you buy all the front control arms and ball joints, it's looking like another £400/4 hours just for the labour to get them replaced at an indie, plus £100 all wheel tracking. I'll have already spent that on all the arms, so I simply can't afford to spend £850-1000 in total just to partially refresh the front suspension (still doesn't include new shocks, top mounts, tie rod ends/track rods, and nothing at all to the rear suspension).
Just in the next few weeks I need to get the car MOT'd, brake fluid flush and a gearbox service. All around xmas/new year!
I'm going to order the remaining front control arms and ball joints from AUTODOC on a Black Friday deal, but the problem is the weather... far too cold until March probably. Thought my 17" winter wheels on at the moment so hoping the extra rubber (vs the 18") will ease things a bit, but I don't really notice much difference to be honest!
Anyway, simply due to the economics of it, I'm going to have another go at this. When exactly, I'm not sure! Would be so much easier with a lift...
Well , that’s a good question buddy , I bought it whilst I’m doing the patio so I could hide the cost .Ha! I don't think the impact driver would be that helpful in this scenario... not enough room (to swing a... Makita 1600nm impact driver)
What job did you buy it for?
Probably the front lower ball joints ?Funnily enough after putting my 17” winter wheels on I’m getting a pronounced knocking from what sounds like the front right. Sounds to me almost like an undertray or the bonnet itself is loose and moving around or something. I was wondering if I’d left something loose in the boot!
Just noticed it in the last couple of days. No real idea what it could be or why it would show when putting on softer, more pliable tyres. I’ve checked the bolts on the wheels a few times as I was worried I hadn’t torqued them up right!!!
Never a dull day.
What went wrong that that had to be retightened?
Make sure you have voltarol , paracetamol, ibruprofen available for after the job and whisky for the evening