According to the service records, the previous owner did flush the brake fluid not too long ago, hence why I didn't do it. I have read in other posts that for very humid environments, like the MS Gulf Coast where I'm at, a complete flush should take place once a year. I still have to do the rear pads and rotors...I just might consider a total flush then....better safe than sorry.
Also, on the above remark about banging on a socket wrench with a hammer....I do admit this was somewhat unorthodox and kinda like "Bubbah the backyard mechanic" but I couldn't get a cheater bar in the tight space and didn't have a impact wrench. I never thought about tapping the bolt head though...my bad.