REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
- Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position. Position the steering wheel in the unlocked position.
- Remove the hub nut.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end stud, then remove the slotted nut. Discard the cotter pin and nut.
- Using Tie Rod End Remover TOOL-3290-D or equivalent, remove the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the stabilizer bar link assembly from the strut.
- Remove the brake caliper, then wire it aside in order to gain working clearance. Remove the brake rotor.
- Loosen, but do not remove, the three top retaining nuts from the top of the shock tower.
- Remove and discard the lower arm to steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut. A drift may be used to remove the bolt. Using a small prybar, spread the knuckle-to-lower arm pinch joint. Remove the lower arm from the steering knuckle.
Be sure that the steering column is in the unlocked position. Do not use a hammer to perform this operation. Use extreme care not to damage the boot seal.
- Remove the shock absorber strut-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt.
Do not allow the halfshaft to move outboard. Overextension of the CV joint could result in separation of internal parts, causing failure of the joint.
- Press the halfshaft from the hub. Wire the halfshaft to the body to maintain a level position.
- If equipped, remove the rotor splash shield from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the steering knuckle and hub assembly from the shock absorber strut.
- Position the assembly on a workbench, then remove the hub retainer ring and front wheel bearing.
- If equipped, install the rotor splash shield using new rivets and Heavy Duty Riveter D80L-23200-A or equivalent.
- Install the front wheel bearing, retainer ring and hub. If necessary, replace the seal on the outboard CV-joint.
- Install the steering knuckle onto the shock absorber strut, then loosely install a new pinch bolt in the knuckle to retain the strut.
- Install the steering knuckle and hub onto the halfshaft.
- Install the lower control arm to the knuckle, making sure that the ball stud groove is properly positioned. Install a new nut and bolt, then tighten to 40-53 ft. lbs. (53-72 Nm). Tighten the strut-to-knuckle pinch bolt to 73-97 ft. lbs. (98-132 Nm).
- Install the rotor and brake caliper. For vehicles equipped with caliper retaining pins, tighten them to 18-25 ft. lbs. (24-34 Nm). For vehicles equipped with caliper retaining bolts, tighten them to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
- Position the tie rod into the knuckle, then install a new slotted nut and tighten. If necessary, advance the nut to align a slot, then install a cotter pin. Tighten the nut to 23-35 ft. lbs. (31-47 Nm) for vehicles through 1994. For 1995 vehicles, tighten the nut to 35-46 ft. lbs. (47-63 Nm).
- Install the stabilizer link bar assembly to the front shock absorber assembly. Tighten to 57-75 ft. lbs. (77-103 Nm).
- Install the tire and wheel assembly, tightening the lug nuts to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm).
- Carefully lower the vehicle.
- Install the three top mount shock tower retaining bolts, and tighten to 23-29 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm).
- Tighten the hub nut to 170-203 ft. lbs. (230-275 Nm).
- Pump the brake pedal prior to moving the vehicle, in order to reposition the brake linings.