REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
do not begin the removal procedure unless a new strut-to-lower arm nut, a new ball joint pinch bolt/nut and a new lower arm-to-front subframe bolt/nut are available.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Remove the wheels.
- Remove and discard the lower arm strut nut and dished washer.
Do not use a hammer to separate the ball joint from the front wheel hub and spindle.
- Place the steering wheel in the unlocked position.
Do not allow the halfshaft to move outward. Overextension of the halfshaft joint could result in separation of internal parts, causing failure of the halfshaft joint.
- Remove and discard the front suspension lower arm ball joint nut and pinch bolt.
- Using a prybar, slightly spread the pinch joint and separate the lower arm from the front wheel knuckle.
Use extreme care to not damage the ball joint boot seal.
- Remove and discard the lower arm-to-front subframe bolt and nut.
- Remove the lower arm front the vehicle.
- Insert the lower arm strut into the lower arm rear strut bushing.
- Position the lower arm into the front sub-frame bracket.
- Install a new lower arm-to-front subframe nut and bolt. While holding the lower arm horizontal, tighten to 85-97 ft. lbs. (115-132 Nm).
- Assemble the ball joint stud-to-wheel hub and spindle, making sure that the ball stud groove is properly positioned.
- Insert a new lower arm ball joint pinch bolt and nut. Tighten to 46-52 ft. lbs. 62-71 Nm).
- Clean the lower arm strut threads to remove dirt and contamination.
- Install the dished washer with the dished side away from the lower arm rear strut bushing.
- Install the front suspension lower arm strut-to-strut nut and tighten to 85-97 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm).
- Install the wheels.
- Lower the vehicle.
LOWER ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT
See Figures 1 and 2
Prior to starting this procedure, ensure that new replacement fasteners are available.
- Remove the lower arm from the vehicle.
- Using a Bushing Remover (T86P-5493-A5) or equivalent, remove the bushing from the lower arm using a large C-clamp as a press.
- Saturate the lower arm and new bushing in vegetable oil.
Use only vegetable oil. Any mineral or petroleum based oil or brake fluid will deteriorate the rubber.
- Using a Bushing Driver (T86P-5493-A2), or equivalent, press the bushing into the lower arm using a C-clamp as a press.
- Install the lower arm on the vehicle.