Well, not having a pic to go by makes that hard to tell you. As a mechanic of many years, more than I would like to admit, I have found that you may have to do all of what you said. Sometimes the manuals are not exactly the best either. As you go you see short cuts. Sometimes because a mod has been done to that model to be in a certain area of the country. Things are not the same as a like vehicle.
Based off of the directions in the manual, it doesn't say to do all of that. However, experience shows that some things may be easier to reach from the bottom, or side, or by removing a tire. If removing a tire gives you access to a panel inside the fender well to have better access, then by all means, do so.
Again, we can only go by the directions provided plus the years of experience on working on the different cars, trucks, heavy equipment etc.
Again, you may have to do a little of all. Look at every direction first, then make a plan and attack.
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 AT 5:41 PM