GM Cadillac 1967-1989 Repair Guide

Steering Knuckle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Rear Wheel Drive

See Figure 1

  1. Siphon some fluid from the brake master cylinder.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  7. Remove the caliper from the steering knuckle and support on a wire.
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  9. Remove the splash shield.
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  11. Remove the grease cup, the cotter pin, the castle nut and the hub assembly.
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  13. Remove the 3 bolts holding the shield to the steering knuckle.
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  15. Using the ball joint removal tool J-6627, disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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  17. Using ball joint removal tool J-23742, disconnect the ball joints from the steering knuckle.
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  19. Place a floor jack under the lower control arm (near the spring seat) and disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  21. Raise the upper control arm and disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  23. Remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Place the steering knuckle into position and insert the upper and lower ball joints.
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  3. Install the stud nuts and torque the upper nut to 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm) and the lower nut to 83 ft. lbs. (112 Nm).
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  5. Install the splash shield.
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  7. Install the hub and rotor assembly.
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  9. Install the outer bearing, then install the spindle washer and nut. Adjust the front wheel bearing.
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  11. Install the brake caliper.
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  13. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
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  15. Lower the car.
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  17. Check the front wheel alignment and reset as necessary.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Common rear wheel drive hub and knuckle installation - 1986-89 Fleetwood shown

 
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