Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town n Country 1984-1995

Front Hub and Bearing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Press In Type

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6



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Fig. Fig. 1: Separating the ball stud from the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the hub from the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the outer bearing race



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the bearing from the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 5: Installing the bearing in the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 6: Installing the hub assembly

All 1984-88 models and some 1989-90 eight passenger models use the press-in type front hub and bearing. A special set of tools, C-4811 or the equivalent, is required to remove and install the hub and bearing. If the special tool is not on hand, remove the steering knuckle and take it to an automotive machine shop for bearing replacement.

  1. Remove the cotter pin, nut lock and spring from the front halfshaft hub nut. Loosen the hub nut. Loosen the wheel lug nuts slightly.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the wheel assembly.
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  7. Remove the center hub nut.
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  9. Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering arm.
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  11. Disconnect the brake hose from the strut retainer.
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  13. Remove the ball joint clamp nut.
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  15. Remove the brake caliper, suspend it with wire so that no strain is put on the brake hose. Remove the disc rotor.
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  17. Separate the knuckle from the control arm ball joint.
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  19. Pull the knuckle from the halfshaft. Tap the halfshaft with a brass hammer to loosen it if necessary. Use care so that the inner CV-joint does not separate. Support the halfshaft.
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  21. Using tool C-4811, or equivalent. Back out one of the bearings and install the tool adapter bolt into the retainer threads.
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  23. Position the tool at the back of the knuckle and install two mounting bolts in the brake caliper mounting holes. Center the tool, then tighten the caliper adapter mounting bolts and the retainer bolt.
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  25. Tighten the center threaded driver on the tool and push the hub from the knuckle.
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  27. Remove the tool from the front side of the knuckle. Carefully pry the grease seal from the knuckle. Press the bearing from the knuckle using tool C-4811, or equivalent.
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To install:
  1. Install a new bearing by using the puller adapter of tool C-4811. Install a new seal and lubricate. Install the bearing retainer and bolts, tighten the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  3. Press the hub into the bearing. Install a new wear/wipe seal. Install the halfshaft. Attach the ball joint and tie rod end. Install the brake rotor and caliper. Secure the brake hose. Tighten the clamp bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm). Tighten the tie rod end nut to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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  5. Install the washer and hub nut. Tighten the nut firmly. Install the wheel assemblies, then tighten the lug nuts firmly.
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  7. Lower the vehicle. Tighten the center hub nut to 180 ft. lbs. (245 Nm). Tighten the wheel lugs to 95 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
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Bolt-In Type

See Figure 7



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Fig. Fig. 7: Separating the ball stud from the knuckle

On some 1989-90 eight-passenger model vehicles and all 1991-95 models, a bolt in knuckle bearing is used. The bearing unit is serviced as a complete assembly. The unit is attached to the steering knuckle by four mounting bolts that are removed through a provided access hole in the hub flange.

  1. Loosen the center splined retaining hub nut while the vehicle is on the ground. Loosen the wheel lug nuts slightly.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the wheel assembly. Remove the hub nut and washer.
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  7. Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering arm and the clamp bolt that retains the ball joint to the knuckle.
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  9. Remove the disc brake caliper and suspend it with wire so that there is no strain on the brake hose. Remove the rotor.
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  11. Separate the knuckle from the ball joint. Pull the knuckle assembly away from the halfshaft. Take care not separate the halfshaft inner CV-joint. Support the halfshaft.
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  13. Remove the four hub and bearing retaining bolts. Remove the assembly.
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To install:
  1. Install the new bearing assembly, then tighten the mounting bolts in a crisscross manner to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  3. Install a new wear sleeve seal. Lubricate the sealing surfaces with multi-purpose grease. Install the halfshaft through the hub.
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  5. Install the steering knuckle onto the lower control arm. Tighten the clamp bolt to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm) on 1984-89 models or to 105 ft. lbs. (143 Nm) on 1990-91 models.
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  7. Install the tie rod end. Tighten the nut to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm). Install the brake disc rotor and caliper assembly.
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  9. Install and tighten the hub nut reasonably tight. Install the wheel assembly, tighten the lug nuts fairly tight.
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  11. Lower the vehicle, then tighten the hub nut to 180 ft. lbs. (245 Nm) and the wheel lugs to 95 ft. lbs. (130 Nm).
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