Avenger 2008

Lower Control Arms

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the nut (4) attaching the lower ball joint to the lower control arm (5).

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    Fig. Remove the nut (4) attaching the lower ball joint to the lower control arm (5)

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  7. Release the lower ball joint (3) from the lower control arm (1) using Remover (2) 9360. Do not lift the knuckle out of the lower control arm at this time.
    CAUTION
    Upon removing the knuckle from the ball joint stud, do not pull outward on the knuckle. Pulling the knuckle outward at this point can separate the inner C/V joint on the halfshaft thus damaging it.



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    Fig. Release the lower ball joint (3) from the lower control arm (1) using Remover (2) 9360

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  9. At each end of the stabilizer bar, while holding the stabilizer bar link (1) lower stud stationary, remove the nut (3) securing the link to the stabilizer bar (2).

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    Fig. Hold the stabilizer bar link (1) lower stud stationary, remove the nut (3) securing the link to the stabilizer bar (2)

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  11. Rotate the ends of the stabilizer bar (2) upward away from the lower control arm.
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  13. Remove the front bolt (1) attaching the lower control arm (3) to the front suspension crossmember.

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    Fig. Remove the front bolt (1) attaching the lower control arm (3) to the front suspension crossmember

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  15. Remove the nut on the rear bolt (2) attaching the lower control arm (3) to the front suspension crossmember. Remove the bolt.
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  17. Remove the lower control arm (3) from the crossmember.
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To install:

  1. Place the lower control arm into the front suspension crossmember.
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  3. Insert the rear bolt up through the crossmember and lower control arm. Install the nut on the top-end of the bolt, but do not tighten it at this time.
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  5. Install, but do not fully tighten, the front bolt attaching the lower control arm to the crossmember.
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  7. With no weight or obstruction on the lower control arm, tighten the lower control arm front mounting bolt to 107 ft. lbs. (145 Nm).
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  9. With no weight or obstruction on the lower control arm, tighten the lower control arm rear mounting bolt nut to 107 ft. lbs. (145 Nm).).
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  11. Attach the stabilizer bar link at each end of the stabilizer bar. At each link, install and tighten the nut while holding the stabilizer bar link lower stud stationary. Tighten the nuts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
    NOTE
    If a new or cleaned lower control arm is being installed, it is important to have a film of general purpose grease around the ball joint mounting hole on the lower control arm to avoid any future corrosion issues. Make sure the grease does not get inside the ball joint mounting hole or on the ball joint stud during installation.

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  13. Insert the lower ball joint stud into the mounting hole in the lower control arm (5).
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  15. Install a NEW ball joint stud nut. Tighten the nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  17. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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  21. Perform wheel alignment as necessary.
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