REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
- Remove the lower damper fork bolt.
See Figure 1
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the arm.
- Remove the lower arm ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut. Using a ball joint removal tool, separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the lower control arm to sub-frame mounting/pivoting bolts.
- Disconnect the radius rod from the lower control arm and remove the arm.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten the radius rod-to-control arm bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) and the chassis bolt to 39 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
- On Vigor, tighten the lower ball joint nut to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm), then tighten further, as required, to install a new cotter pin.
Control Arm Bushing ReplacementSee Figures 2 and 3
This procedure will require the use of a press. If a press is not available, you may want to have a local shop perform this task.
- Position the lower control arm on the press with the machined surfaces facing down.
- Adjust the bushing driver so that it aligns itself to the inner diameter of the bushing hole, then tighten the socket bolt.
- Position the bushing driver against the bushing.
- Use the press as shown to remove the bushing.
- Align the lower control arm on the press with the machined surface facing down.
- Align the bushing driver so that it matches the inner diameter of the bushing hole.
- Tighten the socket bolt securely.
- Position the bushing driver along the outer sleeve of the bushing.
- Push the bushing into the arm using a bushing driver. Be sure the edge of the bushing reached the plate.