Removal & Installation
- Break the wheel lug nuts free (do not loosen them more than 1 / 2 turn).
- Raise and properly support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the anti-lock brake sensor from the wheel spindle.
Remove the caliper and use a piece of wire to suspend it out of the way.
WARNINGNever allow brake caliper to hang by the brake hose. The unsupported weight of the brake caliper can damage the brake hose.
- Remove the hub and rotor assembly.
- Remove the rotor dust shield.
- Unbolt the stabilizer link from the control arm.
- Using a tie rod end separator disconnect the tie rod end from the spindle. Refer to the Control Links procedure in this section.
Remove the cotter pin and loosen the lower ball joint stud nut 1-2 turns.
Do not completely remove the nut at this time.
Tap the spindle boss sharply with a brass mallet to relieve the stud pressure; the lower control arm and ball joint should -pop- loose from the spindle.
CAUTIONLeaving the nut on the ball joint prevents the arm from completely disengaging from the spindle, which would allow the coil spring to jump out of the lower arm cup, possibly causing severe personal injury!
- Support the lower control arm with a floor jack.
- Using a coil spring compressor, remove the spring tension from the lower arm. For more information on coil spring compressor tools, refer to the Coil Spring removal procedure in this section.
- Remove the ball joint stud nut.
- Remove the two bolts and nuts attaching the spindle to the strut. Compress the strut until working clearance is obtained.
- Remove the spindle from the vehicle.
- Place the spindle on the lower control arm ball joint stud, and install the stud nut finger-tight.
- Install the lower end of the strut between the spindle brackets so that the attaching holes are aligned. Install two new bolts and nuts.
- Tighten the ball stud nut to 129 ft. lbs. (175 Nm) and install the cotter pin.
- Tighten the strut-to-spindle attaching nuts to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
- Ensure that the coil spring is properly positioned in the control arm cup, then remove the compressor tool.
- Install the stabilizer links and tighten the retaining nuts to 11-16 ft. lbs (16-22 Nm).
- Lower the floor jack.
- Position the tie rod into the steering spindle and install the retaining nut and tighten to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). If necessary continue tightening the nut to align the next castellation with the hole in the stud.
- Install a new cotter pin and bend its ends over.
- Install the rotor dust shield.
- Install the hub and rotor assembly.
- Reposition and secure the brake caliper.
- Install the anti-lock brake sensor from the wheel spindle.
- Install the wheel and snug the lug nuts.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Tighten the wheel lug nuts in a crisscross pattern to the figures given in the torque specifications chart.
- Place the transmission in neutral.
- Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
- Remove the front wheel.
- Remove the front wheel hub.
- Remove the brake disc shield.
- Remove the ABS sensor.
- Remove and discard the outer tie rod end nut.
- Press the tie rod end from the wheel spindle.
- Place a jack under the lower control arm.
- Remove the control arm pinch bolt and nut.
- Separate the control arm from the spindle.
- Index mark the spindle-to-strut bolts, then remove the bolts.
Remove the wheel spindle.
- Install the wheel spindle.
- Install the spindle-to-strut bolts and tighten to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
- Attach the control arm to the spindle.
- Install the control arm pinch bolt and nut and tighten to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
- Attach the tie rod end to the wheel spindle.
- Install the outer tie rod end nut and tighten to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
- Install the ABS sensor.
- Install the brake disc shield.
- Install the front wheel hub.
- Install the front wheel.
- Lower the vehicle.