Alero, Grand Am 1999-2005

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



Front Bushing
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove the lower control arm and place it in a vise.
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  5. Lubricate the threads of Screw J-21474-19 with high pressure lubricant.
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  7. Assemble Tools Screw J-21474-19, Remover/Installer J-41397-1A, Receiver J-41397-2A and J-21474-18 onto the front control arm bushing.
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  9. Tighten Tool J-21474-18 until the front bushing is pressed from the control arm.
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  11. Disassemble the tools.

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    Fig. Removing the front bushing from the lower control arm



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    Fig. Installing the front bushing to the lower control arm

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To install:

  1. Lubricate the new front bushing outer casing.
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  3. Insert the new bushing into the control arm.
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  5. Assemble Tools Screw J-21474-19, Remover/Installer J-41397-1A, Receiver J-41397-2A and J-21474-18 onto the front control arm bushing.
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  7. Tighten Screw J-21474-19 until the front bushing is pressed into the control arm.
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  9. Disassemble the tools.
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  11. Install the lower control arm.
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Rear Bushing
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower control arm and place it in a vise.
  4.  
  5. Assemble Tools Screw J-21474-27, Remover/Installer J-41211-1, Receiver J-41211-3 and J-21474-4 onto the rear control arm bushing.
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  7. Tighten Tool J-21474-27 until the rear bushing is pressed from the control arm.
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  9. Disassemble the tools.

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    Fig. Removing the rear bushing from the lower control arm



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    Fig. Installing the rear bushing to the lower control arm

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To install:

  1. Insert the new bushing into the control arm.
  2.  
  3. Assemble Tools Screw J-21474-27, Remover/Installer J-41211-1, Receiver J-41211-3 and J-21474-4 onto the rear control arm bushing.
  4.  
  5. Tighten Screw J-21474-4 until the rear bushing is pressed into the control arm.
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  7. Disassemble the tools.
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  9. Install the lower control arm.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Stabilizer link
     
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) harness from the lower control arm, if equipped
     
    Lower ball joint from the steering knuckle
     
    Lower control arm-to-suspension crossmember bolts
     
    Lower control arm

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    Fig. Exploded view of the lower control arm and related components

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm-to-suspension crossmember and hand-tighten the bolts
     

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  3. Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle and torque the castle nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) on 2002-04 models, or 48 ft. lbs. (60 Nm) on 2004-05 models.

    Stabilizer shaft link. Torque the nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm) on 2002-03 models or 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm) on 2004-05 models.
     
    ABS harness to the lower control arm, if equipped
     
    Front wheel
     

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  5. Position the vehicle at curb height.
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  7. Tighten the bolts, with the vehicle at curb height as follows:
    1. Front lower control arm-to-suspension crossmember bolt to 45 ft. lbs. (60 Nm), plus an additional 120 degree turn.
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    3. Rear lower control arm-to-suspension crossmember bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm), plus an additional 180 degree turn.
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  9. Check and/or adjust the front alignment.
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