Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
WARNINGDo not allow the disc brake caliper to hang suspended from the brake hose. Provide a suitable support.
- Remove the caliper support bracket bolts, then position the caliper and support bracket aside.
- Disconnect the front anti-lock brake sensor (ABS) wire from the vehicle frame.
- Using a suitable jack, support the front suspension lower arm.
Remove the tie-rod end castellated nut. Remove and discard the cotter pin and the castellated nut.
WARNINGDo not use a hammer to separate the tie-rod from the wheel knuckle or damage to the wheel knuckle will result. Do not damage the tie-rod boot when installing the special tool.
- Using the special tool, separate the tie-rod end from the front wheel knuckle.
- Remove the lower ball joint castellated nut. Remove and discard the cotter pin and the castellated nut.
- Separate the front wheel knuckle from the front suspension lower arm. Then, loosely install the lower ball joint castellated nut.
- Remove the pinch bolt and nut.
- Remove the hand-tightened lower ball joint castellated nut, then remove the front wheel knuckle.
- Remove the snapring from the ball joint. Discard the snap ring.
Using a suitable ball joint remover tool, remove the ball joint.
WARNINGDo not damage the ball joint boot when installing the special tool.
NOTEClean and inspect the control arm ball joint bore for damage before installing a new ball joint.
NOTEMake sure the new ball joint snap ring is fully seated.
To install, reverse the removal procedure. Always install new castellated nuts and cotter pins. Observe the following torques:
Pinch bolt and nut: 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm)