REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the control arm and/or support, as outliner earlier in this section.
- Separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle using tool J 29330 or equivalent.
- Remove the 2 control arm-to-support bolts, then remove the control arm from the vehicle.
- If control arm support bar removal is necessary, unscrew the 6 mounting bolts and remove the support.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
- Tighten the control arm support rail bolts in the sequence shown in the accompanying figure.
- Have a reputable repair shop check the toe and adjust as necessary.
See Figure 2
Break the lug nuts loose, then raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Place jackstands under the suspension supports.
- Carefully lower the vehicle slightly so the weight of the vehicle rest on the suspension supports and NOT on the control arms.
- Remove the wheel and tire.
Care must be taken not to allow the tri-pot joints from being over extended when either end of the shaft is disconnected. Over extension could result in separation of the internal components.
- Install modified inner drive axle seal protector J 34754, to prevent possible boot damage.
- Remove the cotter pin and nut from the ball joint and separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle, using tool J 29330 or equivalent. Discard the cotter pin.
Failure to use the recommended tool could result in ball joint and seal damage.
- On 1991 models equipped with the 2.3L engine only, install overhead engine support, J 28467-A or equivalent and remove the nuts attaching the front engine mount crossmember to the suspension support.
- Remove the bolts attaching the suspension support to the vehicle.
- Remove the bolts attaching the control arm to the suspension support.