REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- If removing the left side control arm on 1991-93 vehicles, remove the air cleaner and resonator.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely and remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- Place a floor jack or axle stand under the lower control arm spring seat.
Leave the floor jack or axle stand under the spring seat during removal and installation, in order to keep the spring and control arm positioned.
- Disconnect the wheel speed sensor, if equipped with ABS.
- Loosen the pivot shaft to frame nuts and remove alignment shims. Tape shims together and mark for installation in the original positions.
- Remove the cotter pin and upper ball joint nut. Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle, with suitable tool. Support the hub assembly to prevent damage to the brake line.
- Remove the upper control arm shaft attaching nuts and remove the control arm.
- Install the pivot shaft on the attaching bolts.
- Install alignment shims in the same position from which they were removed and tighten upper control arm attaching nuts to 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm).
- Remove the temporary support from the hub and connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Tighten the upper nut to 60 ft. lbs. (82 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
- Connect the ABS wheel speed sensor, if equipped.
- Install the tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the jackstands and lower the vehicle.
- Install the air cleaner and resonator, if removed.
- Check the wheel alignment.
CONTROL ARM BUSING REPLACEMENT
See Figures 2, 3 and 4
- Remove the upper control arm assembly from the vehicle.
- Remove the nuts and washers from the ends of the pivot shaft.
- Using tool J-22269-1, press the bushings from the shaft and control arm.
- Position pivot shaft in control arm with the depression in the shaft facing inboard.
- Push the new bushings over the shaft and into the control arm.
- Install the washer and nut finger tight onto the shaft. Do not tighten the shaft nuts until the suspension is loaded.
- Install the control arm onto the vehicle.
- Lower the vehicle and torque the control arm pivot shaft nuts to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).