Aurora 2001-2003

Steering Knuckle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
    NOTE
    Always turn the ignition OFF when connecting or disconnecting battery cables, battery chargers, or jumper cables. Failing to do so may damage the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) or other electronic components.


    NOTE
    The battery is located beneath the rear seat cushion.

  4.  
  5. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tire and wheel
     

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  9. Insert drift of screwdriver into the caliper and rotor in order to prevent rotor from turning.

    Drive axle nut
     
    Brake rotor
     
    Wheel bearing and hub from the vehicle
     
    Outer tie rod retaining nut
     
    Front strut to steering knuckle retaining bolts
     
    Lower ball joint cotter pin and nut
     
    Steering knuckle from the vehicle
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    NOTE
    For cotter pin alignment, tighten the nut up to, but do not exceed 60 degrees additional rotation. Do not back off nut for cotter pin alignment.



    Lower ball joint to the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm) plus 180°
     
    New cotter pin
     



    Tie rod to the knuckle and tighten the nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm) plus 180°
     
    Wheel bearing/hub
     
    Brake rotor
     
    Drive axle and tighten the nut to 118 ft. lbs. (160 Nm)
     
    Wheel and tire
     

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  3. Reconnect the negative battery cable and reinstall the rear seat cushion.
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