Equinox 2005-2007, Torrent 2006-07

Lower Control Arms

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.

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    Fig. Remove the control arm ball stud cotter pin



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    Fig. Control arm removal

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  5. Remove the control arm ball stud cotter pin. Discard the cotter pin.
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  7. Loosen the ball stud nut until the nut is level with the top of the ball stud.
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  9. Separate the lower control arm from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Remove the ball stud nut.
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  13. Remove the control arm-to-frame front bolt and nut. Discard the bolt and nut.
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  15. Remove the control arm-to-frame rear bolts and nuts. Discard the bolts and nuts.
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  17. Remove the control arm.
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To install:

  1. Install the control arm to the frame.
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  3. Install new control arm-to-frame rear bolts and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
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  5. Install a new arm-to-frame front bolt and nut. Tighten the bolt as follows:
    WARNING
    There are 2 different ball studs used on this vehicle. The ball stud type must be identified in order to use the correct torque value when tightening the ball stud nut. If the wrong torque is used, damage could occur to the ball stud.



    2005-06 Models: to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
     
    2007 Models; 89 ft. lbs. (120 Nm).
     

  6.  
  7. Install the control arm ball stud into the steering knuckle.
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  9. If the bottom of the ball stud has a cup and is silver, tighten the nut to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm). If the bottom of the ball stud is flat and black, tighten the nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
    WARNING
    Do not loosen the castle nut, only tighten to align the ball stud slot. Ensure that the cotter pin ends do not contact the antilock brake system (ABS) sensor harness or drive axle.

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  11. Continue to tighten the nut only enough to align the castle nut slots with the ball stud, install the cotter pin.
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  13. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
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  15. Lower the vehicle.
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