The first thing I did was to get the car on axle stands, ensure that no part of the suspension is close to the stands for easy of working, (and so you don't hit your head, ouch that hurt!)

Before removing anything from the car I went round all the bolts I was going to remove and sprayed them with WD40 as I don't think they had been removed in 55K miles and they were covered in a bit of rust as well. Also when I was undoing the nuts and bolts I was working them back and forth to help remove the rust and clean the threads to prevent snapping a bolt. I also used a wire brush as well to help clean off as much crap as possible.
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