Altima 2007-2009

Steering Knuckles

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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2007-2008

  1. Raise and safely support vehicle and remove front wheels.
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  3. Remove brake rotor and brake caliper without disconnecting hydraulic line. Hang caliper from body with wire.
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  5. Remove cotter pin, then loosen halfshaft lock nut. Temporarily leave the nut installed to prevent damage to threads.
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  7. Separate the halfshaft from the wheel hub and bearing assembly by tapping the end of the shaft using a hammer and brass drift or wood block, then remove hub lock nut.
    NOTE
    Use a suitable puller if hub and shaft cannot be separated using the above procedure.

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  9. Loosen tie rod nut and disengage tie rod from steering knuckle with a ball joint separator. Be careful not to damage the boot.
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  11. Remove the nut and separate tie rod from steering knuckle.
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  13. Remove lower ball joint pinch bolt from steering knuckle.
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  15. Remove nuts and bolts and remove steering knuckle from strut assembly.
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To install:

  1. Fit steering knuckle to strut and install bolts finger tight.
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  3. Fit halfshaft into hub and install nut finger tight.
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  5. Fit ball joint into steering knuckle:

    Torque the bolt to 46 ft. lbs. (63 Nm).
     
    Torque knuckle/strut bolts to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
     

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  7. Fit tie rod end into steering knuckle. Torque nut to 25 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) and tighten as needed to install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Torque halfshaft nut to 92 ft. lbs. (125 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
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  11. Install remaining components and check wheel alignment.
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Specific to:

Nissan Altima 2009-2010

Refer to Wheel Hub, Steering Knuckle & Bearing (sealed unit) Section for Removal and Installation of the Steering Knuckle.

 
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