REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
Do NOT start this procedure unless a new wheel hub retainer and washer as well as a new inboard CV-joint circlip are available. These components cannot be reused because their holding or retention ability is decreased during removal.
- Remove the wheel cover/hub cover and loosen the wheel nuts.
- Remove the hub nut retainer and washer by applying sufficient torque to the nut to overcome the prevailing torque feature of the crimp in the nut collar. Do not use an impact-type tool to remove the hub nut retainer. The hub nut retainer is not reusable and must be discarded after removal.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- If equipped with caliper locating pins, remove the brake caliper by loosening the pins and rotating the caliper off of the rotor, starting from the lower end of the caliper and lifting upwards. Do not remove the pins from the caliper assembly. If equipped with bolted-on calipers, remove the caliper by loosening, then rotating the mounting bolts. Lift the caliper off of the rotor. Once the caliper is free of the rotor, support it with a length of wire. Do not allow the caliper to hang from the brake hose.
- Remove the rotor from the hub by pulling it off of the hub bolts. If the rotor is difficult to remove, strike it sharply between the studs with a rubber or plastic hammer. If the rotor will not pull off, apply a suitable rust penetrator to the inboard and outboard rotor hub mating surfaces. Install a suitable 3-jaw puller and remove the rotor by pulling on the rotor outside diameter and pushing on the hub center. If excessive force is required to remove the rotor, check it for lateral run-out prior to installation. Lateral run-out must be checked with the nuts clamping the stamped hat section of the rotor.
- Remove the rotor splash shield.
- Disconnect the lower control arm and tie rod from the knuckle, but leave the strut attached. Loosen the two strut top mount-to-apron nuts.
- Loosen the three shock/strut tower retaining nuts.
- Install Front Hub Replacer T81P-1104-A with Front Hub Remover/Replacer T81P-1104-C and Metric Hub Remover Adapters T83P-1104-BH1 and Two Stud Adapter T86P-1104-A1 or equivalents, then remove the wheel hub, bearing and knuckle assembly by pushing out the CV-joint outer shaft until it is free of the assembly.
- Support the knuckle with a length of wire, remove the strut bolt and slide the hub/bearing/knuckle assembly off of the strut. Remove the support wire and carry the hub/bearing/knuckle assembly to a bench.
- Install 2-3 Jaw Puller D80L-1002-L and Shaft Protector D80L-625-1 or equivalent, with the jaws of the puller on the knuckle bosses. Make sure the shaft protector is centered, clears the bearing inside diameter, and rests on the end face of the hub journal. Remove the hub.
- Using snapring pliers, remove the snapring that retains the bearing in the knuckle assembly, then discard the ring.
- Using a suitable hydraulic press, place Front Bearing Spacer T86P-1104-A2, or equivalent, on the press plate with the step side facing up, then position the knuckle with the outboard side up on the spacer. Install Front Bearing Remover/Replacer T83P-1104-AH2 or equivalent, centered on the bearing inner race, then press the bearing out of the knuckle and discard.
- Remove all foreign material from the knuckle bearing bore and hub bearing journal to be sure of correct seating of the new bearing.
If the hub bearing journal is scored or damaged, it must be replaced. The front wheel bearings are pre-greased and sealed, and require no scheduled maintenance. The bearings are preset and cannot be adjusted. If a bearing is disassembled for any reason, it must be replaced as a unit, since individual service seals, rollers and races are not available.
- Place Front Bearing Spacer T86P-1104-A2 or equivalent, with the step side down on the hydraulic press plate, then position the knuckle with the outboard side down on the spacer. Position a new bearing in the inboard side of the knuckle. Install Bearing Installer T86P-1104-A3 or equivalent, with the undercut side facing the bearing, on the bearing outer race, then press the bearing into the knuckle. Make sure the bearing seats completely against the shoulder of the knuckle bore.
Bearing installer T86P-1104-A3 or equivalent, must be positioned as indicated to prevent bearing damage during installation.
- Install a new snapring (part of the bearing kit) in the knuckle groove using snapring pliers.
- Place Front Bearing Spacer T86P-1104-A2 or equivalent, on the press plate, then position the hub on the tool with the lugs facing downward. Position the knuckle assembly with the outboard side down on the hub barrel. Place Bearing Remover T83P-1104-AH2 or equivalent, with its flat side down, centered on the inner race of the bearing, then press down on the tool until the bearing is fully seated onto the hub. Make sure the hub rotates freely in the knuckle after installation.
- Prior to hub/bearing/knuckle installation, replace the bearing dust seal on the outboard CV-joint with a new seal from the bearing kit. Make sure the seal flange faces outboard toward the bearing. Use Drive Tube T83T-3132-A1 and Front Bearing Dust Seal Installer T86P-1104-A4 or equivalent.
- Suspend the hub/bearing/knuckle assembly on the vehicle with wire, then attach the strut loosely to the knuckle. Lubricate the CV-joint stub shaft with SAE 30 weight motor oil, then using hand pressure only, insert the shaft into the hub splines as far as possible. Make sure the splines are properly engaged.
- Temporarily secure the rotor to the hub with washers and two wheel lug nuts. Insert a steel rod into the rotor diameter, then rotate clockwise to contact the knuckle.
- Install the hub nut washer and a new hub nut retainer. Rotate the nut clockwise to seat the CV-joint. Tighten the nut to 170-203 ft. lbs. (230-275 Nm). Remove the steel rod, washers and lug nuts.
Do not use power or impact tools to tighten the hub nut.
- Install the remainder of the front suspension components.
- Install the brake rotor splash shield.
Apply a small amount of Disc Brake Caliper Slide Grease D7AZ-19590-A or equivalent, to the pilot diameter of the rotor.
- Install the disc brake rotor and caliper. Make sure the outer brake pad spring hook is seated under the upper arm of the knuckle.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly, then finger-tighten the wheel nuts.
- Carefully lower the vehicle, then block the wheels to prevent the car from rolling. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm). Install the wheel cover/hub cover, then remove the wheel blocks.