ES300 1992-1997

Steering Knuckles

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Removal & Installation



  1. Jack up the vehicle and remove the front wheel.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and lock cap.
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  5. While applying the brakes, remove the nut.
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  7. Remove the brake cylinder and disc rotor.
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  9. Remove the ABS speed sensor from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Loosen nuts on lower side of shock absorber. Do not remove the bolts.
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  13. Remove the cotter pin and remove the nut.
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  15. Using SST 09628-62011, or equivalent tie rod puller, disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  17. Remove the lower ball joint bolt and the two nuts.

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    Fig. Remove the lower ball joint bolt and the two nuts

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  19. Remove the nuts and bolts on lower side of the shock absorber.

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    Fig. Remove the nuts and bolts on lower side of the shock absorber

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  21. Remove the steering knuckle with axle hub.
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To install:

  1. Place the steering knuckle and temporarily install the two bolts and nut on lower side of shock absorber.
    NOTE
    Coat the threads of nuts with engine oil.

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  3. Connect the lower ball joint to lower arm and tighten the bolt and nuts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
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  5. Connect the tie rod end to the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  7. Install a new cotter pin.
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  9. Tighten bolts on lower side of shock absorber to 156 ft. lbs. (211 Nm).
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  11. Install ABS speed sensor and tighten to 69 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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  13. Install the disc rotor.
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  15. Install the brake cylinder and tighten to 79 ft. lbs. (107 Nm).
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  17. While applying the brakes, install the nut and tighten to 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm).
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  19. Install the lock cap and a new cotter pin.
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  21. Install front wheel and lower vehicle and tighten to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
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  23. Inspect front wheel alignment.
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