Removal & Installation
Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital parts and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. A new part with the same part number must be installed if installation becomes necessary. NEVER use a replacement part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be adhered to during reassembly to ensure correct retention of these parts.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the lower steering shaft coupler bolt and disconnect the coupler from the steering gear.
- Matchmark the installed position of the front subframe to the underbody at the mounting locations.
- Remove the RH fender splash shield.
- Remove the 3 pushpin fasteners, the 7 screws and the front splash shield.
- Remove the 3 RH front lower bumper-to-subframe nuts.
- Remove the 3 LH front lower bumper-to-subframe nuts and separate the lower bumper from the subframe.
- Remove the power steering cooler hose bracket bolt.
- Loosen the Y-pipe clamp and disconnect the 2 exhaust hangers.
- Remove the 2 nuts and separate the flex pipe from the Y-pipe assembly.
For All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles, matchmark the driveshaft, remove the 4 bolts and position the driveshaft aside.
NOTEUse the holding feature to prevent the ball stud from turning while removing or installing the stabilizer bar link nuts.
- Remove the stabilizer link upper and lower nuts and the stabilizer links. Discard the nuts.
- Remove the 2 outer tie-rod end nuts (1 each side).
Using the special tool, separate the outer tie-rod ends from the wheel knuckles.
- Remove the 2 lower ball joint bolts and nuts and separate the lower ball joints from the wheel knuckles. Discard the bolts and nuts.
- Remove the nut and the engine roll restrictor heat shield.
- Remove the engine roll restrictor-to-subframe bolt.
- Using a suitable jack, support the subframe. Support the subframe in the center rear area of the subframe.
- Remove the 2 nuts, 4 bolts and the subframe support brackets. Discard the nuts and bolts.
- Remove and discard the 4 front subframe nuts.
- Using the jack, lower the subframe about 76.2 mm (3 in).
- Remove the 4 bolts, 2 stabilizer bar brackets and bushings. Discard the bolts.
Remove the stabilizer bar.
During installation, the subframe brackets are loosely installed with the support bracket bolts.
Align the matchmarks made during removal, then tighten the rear subframe nuts prior to tightening the support bracket bolts.
Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Make sure to properly align the components matchmarked during removal, replace any specified fasteners, and note the following tightening specifications:
- Stabilizer bar bracket bolts and nuts: 63 Nm (46 ft. lbs.)
- Front subframe nuts: 133 Nm (98 ft. lbs.)
- Subframe support bracket bolts: 90 Nm (66 ft. lbs.)
- Subframe support bracket nuts: 133 Nm (98 ft. lbs.)
- Engine roll restrictor-to-subframe bolt: 90 Nm (66 ft. lbs.)
- Engine roll restrictor heat shield nut: 11 Nm (8 ft. lbs.)
- Lower ball joint bolts and nuts: 55 Nm (41 ft. lbs.)
- Outer tie-rod end nuts (1 each side): 48 Nm (35 ft. lbs.)
- Stabilizer link upper and lower nuts: 90 Nm (66 ft. lbs.)
- Driveshaft bolts (AWD vehicles): 70 Nm (52 ft. lbs.)
- Flex pipe-to-Y-pipe bolts: 40 Nm (30 ft. lbs.)
- Y-pipe clamp: 40 Nm (30 ft. lbs.)
- Power steering cooler hose bracket bolt: 9 Nm (80 inch lbs.)
- Front lower bumper-to-subframe nuts: 9 Nm (80 inch lbs.)
- Lower steering shaft coupler bolt: 25 Nm (18 ft. lbs.)
- Check, and if necessary, adjust the alignment