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too soon for ball joints??? rough running at low rpm???

Just getting my recently acquired 91 L sedan on the road, and had it checked out today by my trusted mechanic's shop. Although the car handles very well (straight, solid, quiet on the street and highway) they tell me I need both front lower ball joints replaced; and both rear lower stabilizer link bushings replaced. Car has 244k kms (about 145k miles) on it. Are these suspension issues "normal" for this amount of mileage? Car starts and runs fine (just replaced the thermostat as the car seemed to be running a bit hot ...and lower rad hose was not heating up very fast) ...however, I've noticed that as I rev the engine up from idle to about 2k rpm, at about 1200 rpm the engine runs rough ...almost like one of the spark plugs is not firing ...but then as the rpms increase, it smooths out, and seems to be running fine ....any suggestions??
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After 20 years, I'd say that ball joint replacement isn't out of the question

As far as the runability, the biggest problem with any used vehicle purchase is knowing exactly what was done and how long ago, regardless of how the previous owner claims to have cared for the car. Start simple and toss a set of plugs in.

Tim Poliniak - ASE Certified Parts Specialist, 22 years with Acura/Honda
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Thanks Tim. Put the front lower ball joints in yesterday. The existing ones weren't perceptibly loose when I got them out (which was easier than I was anticipating!!!) ..so I hope the new ones provide a noticeable improvement in handling, or I will be upset at having done the work!! Just waiting now for the stabilizer link bushing to arrive at my local dealer (they had to order them in). This may sound a bit goofy (especially coming from an old wrench-head like me) ...but I took a quick look under the hood last night, and I couldn't FIND the spark plugs!!! They must be well-hidden! Do I have to get at them from underneath??
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Thanks Tim. Put the front lower ball joints in yesterday. The existing ones weren't perceptibly loose when I got them out (which was easier than I was anticipating!!!) ..so I hope the new ones provide a noticeable improvement in handling, or I will be upset at having done the work!! Just waiting now for the stabilizer link bushing to arrive at my local dealer (they had to order them in). This may sound a bit goofy (especially coming from an old wrench-head like me) ...but I took a quick look under the hood last night, and I couldn't FIND the spark plugs!!! They must be well-hidden! Do I have to get at them from underneath??
they are on top under the coil packs

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