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That is correct. By now you should be knee deep in the fun! Hope all is going great.
Lol it sure was. I just finished lastnight. Then drove it to the gas station. Here a wait for just an alignment is over a month. But earliest I got the 11th so that's good. Driving I realized I should've done the back brakes and rotors too I didn't know they were that bad so that's next and new shocks.
 

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Taking off the caliper bolts to loctite is okay and good. I would not remove new hub installation unless you have a new axle nut to use. The three hub to knuckle bolts do not use any loctite so that's not a problem. And if you did not grease the steering knuckle and you already properly torqued the bolts you should be okay as long as you had the hub seated all the way in before torquing. I know that I said "real important" about the grease but maybe not "that" important if the hub was seated completely before you torqued. You just may have a harder time replacing again in the future.
You know what I just realised? My trucks front end doesn't have springs over the struts/shocks. Is it supposed to have them? I thought it did but can't remember.
 

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Lol it sure was. I just finished lastnight. Then drove it to the gas station. Here a wait for just an alignment is over a month. But earliest I got the 11th so that's good. Driving I realized I should've done the back brakes and rotors too I didn't know they were that bad so that's next and new shocks.
Did back brakes and rotors then had to do calipers as well for back and front. Now took it in for alignment to finally be ok and ran into a whole nother dilemma 😭
 

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What's the new dilemma, a depleted bank account?
Sorry for the late response, google locked me out of my account. Yep pretty much totally broke now. Took it in for an alignment and the last mechanic welded on my upper ball joint. They cut it off and said my upper control arm was aftermarket and didn't know the manufacturer so he had to replace the upper control arm cuz the ball joint wouldn't fit. I was like wtf? Those are stock and I used my vin # to order the last set of ball joints. He charged me $300. Everything I had left. Now the truck pulls to the left. Now what? Get a matching upper ball joint and upper control arm. Costing $600 bucks for an alignment. I swear mechanics here are awful crooks it's insane. Said my break hose was leaking n maybe missing a washer. I said I did them myself. He was gonna charge to check. I said, don't you have to take the back tires off anyways? Cuz he had to rotate them. Told him I'd do it myself, wanted to charge me. I hate it here. He acted like it was too late to find the right ball joint to fit in the control arm. The one he had was too big. Ridiculous. I looked at him and was like so you put a completely different ball joint and a different control arm? I'm so sure my control arms are after market ya right. Nobody ever changes those out and for what maybe a horrible head on collision?! Maybe he thought that cuz my truck has no rust and here it's rust central. Always trying to scam I couldn't believe it. I did all that work and was like finally now all I need is an alignment and they can't f me on that. He only uses supposedly the best most exspensive parts 🙄 sure.... he knows wtf he was doing. What's so hard how to look at the other ball joint and get that. I had to order two set of ball joints and have them done two times cuz the first guy had no idea how to do them and torn my CV boot, the second guy torqued one and stripped the threads so welded it on and now this guy is saying he can only get this ball joint and has to have a new control arm cuz the ball joint won't fit? You've gotta have good tires, good brakes, no rust on the rockers, all suspension good, no cracks in the windshield or window and 2 dozen other things to past this test and get a special sticker to be legal to have your car on the Rd. It's close to impossible and stupid. They put this salt chemical slush on the RDS that year ppls cars apart but they have to pass this sticker test every year... I thought California smog was bad. That's nothing compared to this sh!t. I hate Maine.
 
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