Caravan, Town & Country 2006-2007

Knuckles

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and support vehicle.
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  5. Remove the wheel and tire assembly from the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin, nut lock and spring washer from the end of the stub axle and hub nut.
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  9. Have a helper apply the vehicle's brakes to keep hub from turning, loosen and remove the hub nut.
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  11. Remove disc brake caliper and adapter as an assembly from knuckle.
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  13. Remove nut attaching outer tie rod end to steering knuckle by holding the tie rod end stud while loosening and removing nut with a wrench.
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  15. Remove tie rod end from steering knuckle.
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  17. If equipped with antilock brakes, remove the front wheel speed sensor from the steering knuckle.
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  19. Remove the two steering knuckle-to-strut clevis bracket attaching bolts.
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  21. Tip the knuckle outward and remove the driveshaft stub axle from the hub and bearing. Suspend driveshaft straight outward using a bungee cord or wire.
    WARNING
    Do not allow driveshaft to hang by inner joint.

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  23. Remove ball joint nut using a power impact wrench. Because the tapered stud is held sufficiently in the knuckle at this time, it is not necessary to hold the stud stationary to remove the nut.
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  25. Reinstall the ball joint nut until the top of the nut is even with the top of the ball joint stud. This will keep the stud from distorting while the stud is released from the knuckle in the following step.
    WARNING
    Do not remove ball joint stud from steering knuckle using a hammer. Damage to the aluminum knuckle, ball joint or control arm may result.

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  27. Release ball joint stud from steering knuckle.
    NOTE
    To ease remover installation and use, it may help to rotate the knuckle around so the inside of the knuckle faces outward.

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  29. Remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle.
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  31. If the hub and bearing needs to be transferred, remove the four bolts attaching the hub and bearing to the knuckle, then remove the hub and bearing.
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  33. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the knuckle assembly

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