Avenger 2008

Steering Knuckles

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
    NOTE
    The hub nut is a single use type. A new nut is required for reassembly. Do not reuse the hub nut.

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  5. While a helper applies the brakes to keep the hub from rotating, remove the hub nut (1) from the axle halfshaft (2).

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    Fig. Remove the hub nut (1) from the axle halfshaft (2)

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  7. Access and remove the front brake rotor.
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  9. Remove the routing clip (1) securing wheel speed sensor cable to the knuckle (4).

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    Fig. Remove the routing clip (1) securing wheel speed sensor cable to the knuckle (4)

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  11. Remove the screw (2) fastening the wheel speed sensor head (3) to the knuckle (4). Pull the sensor head out of the knuckle.
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  13. Remove the nut (3) attaching the outer tie rod (6) to the knuckle (2). To do this it might be necessary to hold the tie rod end stud with a wrench while loosening and removing the nut with a standard wrench or crowfoot wrench.

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    Fig. Remove the nut (3) attaching the outer tie rod (6) to the knuckle (2)

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  15. Release the outer tie rod end (1) from the knuckle (3) using Remover (2), Special Tool 9360.

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    Fig. Release the outer tie rod end (1) from the knuckle (3) using Remover (2), Special Tool 9360

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  17. Remove the outer tie rod from the knuckle.
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  19. 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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  21. Release the lower ball joint (3) from the lower control arm (1) using Remover (2), Special Tool 9360. Do not lift the knuckle out of the lower control arm at this time.
    CAUTION
    The strut assembly-to-knuckle attaching bolts (5) are serrated and must not be turned during removal. Proper removal is required. Refer to the following steps for the correct method.



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



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    Fig. The strut assembly-to-knuckle attaching bolts (5) are serrated

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  23. While holding the bolt heads stationary, remove the two nuts (2) from the bolts (5) attaching the strut (3) to the knuckle (6).
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  25. Remove the two bolts (5) attaching the strut (3) to the knuckle (6) using a pin punch.
    NOTE
    Do not allow the halfshaft (1) to hang by the inner C/V joint; it must be supported to keep the joint from separating during this operation.

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  27. Pull the knuckle (2) off the halfshaft (1) outer C/V joint splines and remove the knuckle from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Pull the knuckle (2) off the halfshaft (1) outer C/V joint splines and remove the knuckle from the vehicle

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  29. If required, remove the three screws (2) fastening the shield (3) to the knuckle (1). Remove the shield.

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    Fig. Remove the three screws (2) fastening the shield (3) to the knuckle (1)

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  31. If required, remove the four bolts (2) fastening the hub and bearing (1) to the knuckle (3).

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    Fig. Remove the four bolts (2) fastening the hub and bearing (1) to the knuckle (3)

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  33. If required, slide the hub and bearing (1) out of the knuckle.
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To install:

  1. If required, install the hub and bearing by sliding it into the knuckle.
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  3. If installing hub and bearing, install the four bolts fastening the hub and bearing to the knuckle. Tighten the four bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (82 Nm).
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  5. If required, install the shield on the knuckle. Install and tighten the three mounting screws to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  7. Slide the hub and bearing in the knuckle onto the splines of the halfshaft outer C/V joint.
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  9. Insert the lower ball joint stud into the mounting hole in the lower control arm.
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  11. Install a NEW ball joint stud nut. Tighten the nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
    CAUTION
    The strut clevis-to-knuckle bolts are serrated and must not be turned during installation. Install the nuts while holding the bolts stationary in the steering knuckle. Refer to the following step.

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  13. Position the lower end of the strut assembly in line with the upper end of the knuckle, aligning the mounting holes. Install the two mounting bolts.
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  15. Install the nuts on the two bolts. While holding the bolts in place, tighten the nuts to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
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  17. Install the outer tie rod ball stud into the hole in the knuckle arm. Start the tie rod end-to-knuckle nut onto the stud. While holding the tie rod end stud with a wrench, tighten the nut with a wrench or crowfoot wrench to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
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  19. Install the wheel speed sensor head into the knuckle. Install the mounting screw and tighten it to 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
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  21. Install the routing clip securing the wheel speed sensor cable to the knuckle.
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  23. Install the brake rotor, disc brake caliper and adapter.
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  25. Clean all foreign matter from the threads of the halfshaft outer C/V joint.
    NOTE
    The hub nut is a single use type. A new nut is required for reassembly. Do not reuse the hub nut.

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  27. Install the hub nut on the end of the halfshaft and snug it.
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  29. While a helper applies the brakes to keep the hub from rotating, tighten the hub nut to 97 ft. lbs. (132 Nm).
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  31. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  33. Lower the vehicle.
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  35. Perform wheel alignment as necessary.
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