GM Bonneville/Eighty Eight/LeSabre 1986-1999

Adjusting Link

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Support the vehicle with a suitable jack under the frame, so the control arms hang free.
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  3. Remove and discard the cotter pin. Loosen the slotted nut so that a few threads are showing between the bottom of the nut and the knuckle. The purpose of this is to retain the arm when you break the stud taper loose.
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When separating a linkage joint, do NOT try to disengage the joint by driving a wedge between the joint and the attached part. This will damage the seal.

  1. Use a suitable ball joint separator tool to separate the adjustment link from the knuckle.
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  3. Unfasten the link retaining nut, then remove the link from the control arm.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the adjustment link assembly

To install:
  1. Position the link to the control arm and secure with the retaining nut.
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  3. Attach the link to the knuckle. Position the boot toward the front of the vehicle.
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  5. Tighten the retaining nut to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm) and the new slotted hex nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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  7. Install a new cotter pin. After tightening the slotted nut, align the slot in the nut to the cotter hole by tightening up to one additional flat. Do not loosen the nut to install the cotter pin.
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  9. Lubricate the adjustment link joint.
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  11. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  13. Lower the vehicle, then tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
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  15. Take your vehicle to a reputable repair shop to have the alignment checked and adjusted, if necessary.
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