REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise and support the front end on jackstands placed under the frame.
- Remove the wheels.
- Remove the brake calipers and suspend them out of the way. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE BRAKE LINE! Remove the inner pad. See Brakes .
- Remove the shock absorbers.
- Disconnect the sway bar.
- Remove the lower control arm strut.
- Install a spring compressor, such as tool DD-1278, tighten the nut finger-tight and back it off 1 / 2 turn.
- Remove the ball joint nuts.
- Using ball joint separator C-3564-A, or equivalent, spread the tool against the lower joint just enough to exert pressure then strike the knuckle sharply with a hammer to free the joint. NEVER ATTEMPT TO FORCE THE BALL JOINT OUT WITH TOOL PRESSURE ALONE! Remove the tool.
- Slowly loosen the spring compressor until all tension is relieved from the coil.
- Remove the compressor and spring.
- Position the spring on the control arm and install the compressor.
- Compress the spring until the ball joint is properly positioned.
- Install the ball joint nuts and tighten them to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm).
- Install the strut. Tighten the mounting bolts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm); the retainer nut to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
- Connect the sway bar and tighten the link to 100 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
- Remove the spring compressor.
- Install the shock absorber. Tighten the upper end to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm); the lower end to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
- Install the inboard brake pad and caliper. If equipped, tighten the retaining clips with a suitable torque wrench to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
- Install the wheels.
See Figure 2
- Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
- Remove the wheel.
- Remove the brake caliper and rotor.
- Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar link from the lower arm.
- Support the lower arm outboard end with a floor jack. Place the jack under the arm in front of the shock mount.
- Remove the cotter pin and nut from the lower ball stud. Use remover tool C-4150A, or equivalent, to separate the ball stud.
- Remove the lower shock bolt from the suspension arm.
- Lower the jack and suspension arm until spring tension is relieved. Remove the spring and rubber isolator.
- Install the rubber isolator on top of the spring. Position the spring into the upper spring seat and lower suspension arm.
- Raise the suspension arm with the jack and position the shock into the suspension arm mount. Install the shock bolt and tighten to specification.
- Install the steering knuckle on the lower ball stud. Install the lower ball stud nut and tighten to specification. Install a new cotter pin and remove the jack.
- Install the stabilizer bar link on the lower suspension arm. Install the grommet, retainer and nut, then tighten to specifications.
- Install the tie rod on the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to specification.
- Install the brake caliper and rotor.
- Install the wheels.
- Remove the jackstands and lower the vehicle.
See Figure 3
For 4WD models, refer to the torsion bar procedure.
- Raise the vehicle and support safely.
- Remove the shock absorber.
- Disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
- Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring. Tighten the nut finger-tight, then back off half a turn.
- Remove the cotter pin and lower ball joint nut.
- Release the lower ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
- Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm. Release the compressor tool from the coil spring.
- Pull the arm down and remove the spring with the rubber isolation pad from the vehicle.
- Install the spring with the rubber isolator. Install the compressor tool and compress it enough so the lower ball joint can be inserted through the knuckle.
- Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Remove the spring compressor.
- Connect the sway bar to the lower control arm, if equipped.
- Install the shock absorber.