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Front End Maintenance

Postby Sierra Man [OP] » Oct 16 2020, 1:59pm

Good Morning. As the title suggests, I am thinking of doing some maintenance on the front of my 2008 GMC Sierra. As far as I know all that has been done to it are replacing the front wheel bearings. I am going to probably replace those and the struts, but what else? Ball joints? Tie Rods? I have never done front end repair. I really have no symptoms other that my ABS light has started coming on here lately which I am assuming is from the bearings and wheel speed sensor. The truck is well past 160,000 and I am just looking for some advise. Thank you!
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby Bradley21sanders » Oct 16 2020, 2:30pm

I wouldn't replace the wheel bearings again unless they need it.. I am still on the OEM ones with no issues.

If the struts are original I would replace them..

My inner and outter tie rods and upper and lower ball joints had to be replaced around 100k I would do all of these and the sway bar end links while you were at it.

Did it all in my driveway pretty easy
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby Sierra Man [OP] » Oct 16 2020, 3:36pm

Thanks. The only reason I am considering the wheel bearings is because when I replaced them, I ordered the cheapest I could find. They were not OEM. I also just remembered, I did the sway bar end links a couple of moths ago. Definitely going to do the struts, as far as I know, they are original.
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby Bradley21sanders » Oct 16 2020, 3:58pm

Definitely rent the ball joint press tool kit and the pickle fork from one of the auto stores. I considered buying both but I hope to not have to do it much.
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby Sierra Man [OP] » Oct 16 2020, 4:00pm

Will definitely do that. I have a pickle fork, but no press of any kind.
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby MotorEng91 » Oct 16 2020, 5:44pm

Do the 6.0s have the coil springs up front or torsion bars? Not sure if you would replace the entire spring and strut assembly but if you do the originals probably have a bit of sag to them by now. It may throw off your level a little. Mine did so I got add a leafs in the back recently to fix that. I agree with Bradley to do the ball joints and tie rods while you're working on it anyway
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby Sierra Man [OP] » Oct 16 2020, 5:46pm

Yes, it has coil springs in the front. My plan is to do the spring/strut as an assembly. Heard too many horror stories about compressing the spring!
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby MotorEng91 » Oct 16 2020, 5:50pm

sounds good, makes it easier to do at home too. What struts are you thinking of going with? I went with the Moog assemblies on Rockauto and they really refreshed mine at 140k miles. By the way very nice looking truck!
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby Sierra Man [OP] » Oct 16 2020, 5:53pm

I think I will go with the same ones you went with. Been looking around and I think that is the best deal.
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Re: Front End Maintenance

Postby TooTall999 » Oct 17 2020, 6:24pm

I installed the eibach pro lift struts and springs on my 2008 Silverado. A local shop compressed and dissembled -reassembled my struts for $20 apiece. You can find a better variety of shocks than you can complete strut assemblies.
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