ES300 1992-1997

Control Arms & Links

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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Lexus ES300 1992-1996


NOTE
There are two lower control arm bars on each side of the vehicle. The bar to the rear of the vehicle is referred to as No. 2 and the one towards the front of the vehicle is referred to as No. 1.

  1. Loosen the lug nuts to the rear wheel.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle and then remove the rear wheel. Support the vehicle under the frame.
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  5. Remove the two bolts and nuts from the strut rod and remove the strut rod from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Strut rod removal

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  7. If the vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes, disconnect the load sensing proportioning valve (LSPV) from the No. 2 lower control arm.
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  9. Remove the two nuts and washers at each end of the No. 2 lower control arm.
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  11. Remove the No. 2 lower control arm from the vehicle.
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  13. Remove the left and right stabilizer bushing retainers.
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  15. Remove the exhaust center pipe and tailpipe from the vehicle.
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  17. Support the rear suspension crossmember with a jack.
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  19. Remove the six nuts to the suspension crossmember.
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  21. Remove the left and right suspension crossmember lower supports.
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  23. Lower the suspension crossmember enough to gain access to the No. 1 lower control arm bolts.
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  25. Remove the two bolts and the washers from the No. 1 lower control arm and then remove the control arm from the vehicle.
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  27. To disassemble the No. 2 lower control arm:
    1. Loosen the two locknuts and turn the adjusting tube.
    2.  
    3. Remove the locknuts from the No. 2 control arm.
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To install:

  1. To assemble the No. 2 lower control arm:
    1. Install the locknuts to the control arm.
    2.  
    3. Turn the adjusting tube and assemble the No. 2 lower control arm.
    4.  
    5. Adjust the No. 2 lower control arm length by turning the adjusting tube. The arm length should be on the 1992-95 models 23.0 inches (584.2mm) and 23.366 inches (593.5mm) on 1996-97 models.
      NOTE
      When adjusting the control arm length, try to adjust the arm so that the splines on each side of the locknuts are the same length. There should be a maximum difference on 1992-95 models (between A and B) of 0.12mm (3mm) and on 1996-97 models (between A and B) 0.118mm (3.0mm).

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    7. Temporarily tighten the two locknuts. Make sure to tighten the nuts after the rear wheels are aligned.

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      Fig. No. 2 control arm spline difference



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      Fig. Measuring the No. 2 control arm length

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  3. Install the No. 1 lower control arm with the paint mark facing the rear of the vehicle.
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  5. Install the washers and through-bolts to the lower control arm.
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  7. Once the control arm is in place, lift the suspension crossmember and install the suspension crossmember support brackets and six nuts. Torque the four suspension crossmember to body nuts to 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm) on 1992-95 models and 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm) on the 1996-97 models. Torque the two front bracket bolt to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
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  9. Install the left and right stabilizer bushing retainers and torque the bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
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  11. Install the exhaust center pipe and tailpipe.
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  13. Install the No. 2 lower suspension arm with the paint mark facing rearward. Install the washers and nuts but do not tighten completely at this point.
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  15. If the vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes, install the load sensing proportioning valve to the No. 2 lower control arm. Torque the nut to 9.4 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
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  17. Install the strut rod and temporarily install the two bolts and nuts.
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  19. Torque the nut on the outside of the lower control arm to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
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  21. Install the rear wheel and lower the vehicle.
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  23. Bounce the vehicle up and down several times to stabilize the suspension.
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  25. Jack up the vehicle and support the body with stands.
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  27. Support the rear suspension member with a jack.
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  29. Torque the nut on the inside of the lower control arm to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
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  31. Torque the strut rod set bolts to 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm).
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  33. Install the rear wheel and lower the vehicle.
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  35. Inspect and adjust the rear wheel alignment.
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  37. Torque the No. 2 lower suspension arm locknuts to 41 ft. lbs. (56 Nm).
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Specific to:

Lexus ES300 1997-1999

  1. Remove rear wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove exhaust center pipe.
  4.  
  5. Remove strut rod:
    1. Remove the bolt and disconnect the parking brake cable.
    2.  
    3. Remove the 2 bolts and nuts.
    4.  
    5. Remove the strut rod.

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      Fig. Remove the strut rod

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  7. Remove the 3 nuts, suspension arm washer and washers.
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  9. Remove the No. 2 lower suspension arm.

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    Fig. Remove the No. 2 lower suspension arm

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  11. Remove left and right stabilizer brackets.
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  13. Support the suspension member with a jack.
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  15. Remove the 4 nuts, 2 bolts and suspension member lower stoppers.
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  17. Remove the lower the suspension member.

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    Fig. Remove the lower the suspension member

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  19. Remove the No. 1 lower suspension arm with the 2 bolts and washer.

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    Fig. Remove the No. 1 lower suspension arm

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse order of the removal procedure, noting the following:
    1. When installing the lower suspension arms, face the paint mark to the rear.
    2.  
    3. Tighten suspension member bolts:

      Bolt: 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm)
       
      Nut A: 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm)
       
      Nut B: 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm)
       

    4.  
    5. When installing the lower suspension arms, stabilize the suspension, and tighten the nuts and bolts.
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    7. Tighten the lower suspension arm nuts and bolts to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm).
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    9. Tighten the strut rod to 83 ft. lbs (113 Nm).
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    11. Tighten the parking brake cable bolt to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
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