BMW Cars 1999-06

Steering Knuckle & Spindle

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. The two lower strut bolts have a locking agent on them. Use a sturdy 1/2 inch drive 6 point socket and breaker bar to loosen



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Fig. Remove the upper through bolt and the two lower strut-to-knuckle bolts, then remove the strut from the steering knuckle



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Fig. The two lower strut-to-knuckle bolts have a locking agent on them. Make sure to clean them and reapply a locking agent to the threads during assembly



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Fig. Loosen the lower ball joint locknut, then insert a suitable removal tool to press out the tapered spindle. Pressing on the nut prevents damaging the threads



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Fig. Use a tie rod end removal tool to remove the tie rod from the steering knuckle

  1. Loosen the lug bolts 1 / 8 turn.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the tire/wheel assembly.
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  7. Remove the brake and bracket assembly as outlined in Section 9.
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  9. Remove the front hub as outlined in this section.
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NOTE
If just replacing the steering knuckle, the brake rotor can remain attached to the hub.

  1. Remove the control arm from the spindle. For details refer to the control arm removal procedures in this section.
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  3. Remove the ABS sensor fastener and sensor without disconnecting and place aside.
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  5. Remove the tie rod end. For details refer to the tie rod end removal procedures in this section
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  7. Remove the spindle from the strut assembly. For details refer to the strut removal procedures in this section.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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