Dodge Omni/Horizon/Rampage 1978-1989 Repair Guide

Steering Knuckle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Service or repair to the bearing, hub, brake dust shield or the steering knuckle itself will require removal of the knuckle. Before attempting this operation, be aware that to reassemble the components it is necessary to tighten the front hub nut to at least 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm). You will need a large torque wrench to read that high and a great deal of strength to attain that much torque on the nut.



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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the steering knuckle mounting

  1. Remove the cotter pin and nut-lock.
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  3. Loosen the hub nut while the car is resting on the wheels with the brakes applied.
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WARNING
The hub and driveshaft are splined together through the knuckle and retained by the hub nut.

  1. Raise and support the car.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel and tire.
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  5. Remove the hub nut. Be sure the splined driveshaft is free to separate from the spline in hub when the knuckle is removed.
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  7. Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering arm.
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  9. Disconnect the brake hose retainer from the strut.
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  11. Remove the clamp bolt holding the ball joint stud in the steering knuckle.
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  13. Remove the brake caliper adaptor screw and washers.
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  15. Support the caliper on a wire hook.
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  17. Remove the brake disc.
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  19. Matchmark the camber adjusting cams and loosen both bolts.
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  21. Support the steering knuckle and remove the cam adjusting and through-bolts. Remove the upper knuckle leg out of the strut bracket and lift the knuckle from the ball joint stud.
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WARNING
Do not allow the driveshaft to hang during this procedure.

  1. Service procedures requiring hub removal also require that a new bearing be installed.
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  3. Installation is the reverse of removal. A new hub nut is required. When the car is resting in the wheels, with the brakes applied, tighten the hub nut to:

    1978 models-200 ft. lbs. (271 Nm)
     
    1979-89 models-180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm)
     

  4.  

On 1978 models, stake the hub nut in place; on 1979 and later models, use a cotter pin and nut lock.

 
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