GM Chevy Mid-Size Cars 1964-1988 Repair Guide

Steering Knuckle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Remove some of the fluid from the brake master cylinder using a siphon or a turkey baster. Be VERY careful not to get any of the fluid on the vehicle's paint. Do not allow the fluid to fall below the level of the master cylinder intake or the system may have to bled.
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  3. Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely using jackstands.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  7. Remove the caliper from the steering knuckle and support from the suspension using a length of wire. Make sure the weight of the caliper is NEVER supported by the brake line or damage to the hydraulic system could occur.
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  9. Remove the grease dust cap, the cotter pin, the castle nut and the hub assembly.
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  11. If applicable, remove the bolts holding the dust shield to the steering knuckle.
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  13. Using the ball joint removal tool J-6627 or equivalent, disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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  15. Place a floor jack under the lower control arm (near the spring seat) to support the control arm, then use ball joint removal tool J-23742 or equivalent to disconnect the ball joints from the steering knuckle.
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  17. Remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Position the steering knuckle to the vehicle and insert the control arm ball joints, then loosely install the retaining nuts.
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  3. Insert the tie rod ball joint to the steering knuckle and loosely install the retaining nut.
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  5. Torque the upper ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm), the lower ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut to 83 ft. lbs. (112 Nm) and the tie rod-to-steering knuckle nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
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  7. If applicable, install the dust shield the steering knuckle and secure using the retaining bolts.
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  9. Loosely install the hub and wheel bearings (without the cotter pin or dust cap at this time), then install the caliper followed by the tire and wheel assembly.
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  11. Properly adjust the bearings, then install a new cotter pin and the dust cap. For details, refer to the procedure later in this section.
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  13. Remove the supports and carefully lower the vehicle.
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  15. Refill the master cylinder and check for proper brake operation. Do not attempt to move the vehicle unless a firm pedal is felt.
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