REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise the front of the vehicle and position safety stands on the frame behind the lower control arms. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- If equipped with front disc brakes, remove the brake caliper and suspend with a length of wire; do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose. Remove the brake rotor and dust shield.
- If equipped with front drum brakes, disconnect the brake line from the rear of the wheel cylinder.
- Disconnect the tie rod end from the spindle using removal tool 3290-D or equivalent.
- Remove and discard the cotter pins from both ball joint studs and loosen the stud nuts 1-2 turns. Do not remove the nuts at this time.
- Position a suitable ball joint press tool between the upper and lower ball joint studs. Turn the tool with a wrench until the tool places the studs under compression.
- Using a hammer, sharply hit the spindle near the studs to loosen the studs from the spindle.
- Position a floor jack under the lower control arm at the lower ball joint area, and raise the jack to support the lower arm.
The jack will support the spring load on the lower control arm.
- Remove the upper and lower ball joint stud nuts and remove the spindle.
- Position the spindle on the stabilizer bar upper ball joint stud. Install the pinch bolt and loosely install the nut.
- Position the spindle on the lower ball joint stud and install the stud nut. Tighten the nut to 80-119 ft. lbs. (108-162 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until a slot for the cotter pin is aligned. Install a new cotter pin.
- Raise the lower arm and guide the upper ball joint stud into the spindle.
- Install the upper ball joint stud nut and tighten to 60-90 ft. lbs. (81-122 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until a slot for the cotter pin is aligned. Install a new cotter pin.
- Connect the tie rod end to the spindle. Install the nut and tighten to 43-46 ft. lbs. (59-63 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until the slot for the cotter pin is aligned and install a new cotter pin.
- If equipped with front disc brakes, install the brake dust shield, caliper and rotor.
- If equipped with front drum brakes, connect the brake line to the wheel cylinder, and bleed the entire brake system.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly and lower the vehicle.
- Have the the front end alignment checked.