Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Knuckle

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
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  7. If the vehicle is equipped with Antilock Brakes System (ABS), remove the rear wheel speed sensor from the brake flex hose routing bracket.
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  9. If equipped with ABS, remove the wheel speed sensor head mounting bolt.
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  11. If equipped with rear drum brakes, remove the brake drum.
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  13. If equipped with rear disc brakes, remove the caliper and rotor.
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  15. Remove the rear hub and bearing assembly retaining nut and washer.
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  17. If equipped with rear drum brakes, remove the parking brake cable from parking brake actuating lever, then remove the cable from the drum brake support plate.
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  19. Remove the 4 bolts attaching the drum brake support plate/disc brake adapter to the knuckle.
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  21. Remove the drum brake support plate, brake shoes, and wheel cylinder assembly/disc brake adapter from the knuckle.
    NOTE
    It is not necessary to remove the brake flex hose from the brake wheel cylinder when removing the support plate.

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  23. Once the brake assembly is removed, hang the plate from the rear shock assembly using a mechanics wire. Do not allow brake assembly to hang by flex hose.
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  25. Remove the nuts and bolts attaching the forward and rear lateral links.

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    Fig. Remove the nuts and bolts attaching the forward and rear lateral links

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  27. Back off the nut retaining the upper control arm ball joint to the knuckle until it is flush with the end of the ball joint stud. (Leaving the nut on will protect the threads from damage during next step).
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  29. Release the ball joint stud from the knuckle using Puller, Special Tool, CT-1106.
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  31. Remove the nut retaining the upper control arm ball joint to the knuckle.
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  33. Remove the nut and washer attaching the trailing link to the rear knuckle. Use a wrench on the flat of the trailing link to keep it from turning when removing the nut.

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    Fig. Use a wrench on the flat of the trailing link to keep it from turning when removing the nut

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  35. Remove the shock absorber clevis bracket to knuckle attaching nut and bolt.
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  37. Remove the knuckle from the vehicle.