I’m a “medium-level” weekend mechanic: i can do a competent job on my own vehicles, usually because i know when to punt. I’ve handled a lot of different issues on our '98 Sienna, including some suspension work: front and rear shocks, brakes and rotors a few times, replaced the steering rack, etc. Now i need to replace the ball joints.
I’ve never done this job before, and the Haynes manual makes it look like the job’s not too difficult. However, from what i’ve heard this can be a nightmare job; hearing that makes me nervous, that i’m missing something. So is this the kind of job that’s really frustrating for some cars but not too bad on others? If so, how hard is the '98 Sienna? Based on my experience, can i probably handle it myself?
And of course, will i have an excuse to buy some new
toys– i mean, tools?