GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Knuckle and Spindle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, then raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the brake caliper and rotor. Support the caliper from the suspension to prevent damage to the brake line.
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  7. If equipped, disengage the ABS speed sensor electrical connection and remove the cable bracket.
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  9. Remove the wheel hub/speed sensor assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the wheel speed sensor and electrical harness-1996 vehicle shown

  1. For 1984-86 vehicles, remove the splash shield.
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  3. Support the lower control arm with a jackstand.
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  5. Separate the upper and lower ball joints from the steering knuckle using J-33436 or equivalent ball joint remover tool.
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  7. Remove the tie rod ball stud from the steering knuckle using, J-6627-A or equivalent steering linkage puller.
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  9. Remove the knuckle from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the steering knuckle, wheel hub and bearing assembly-1984-86 vehicles



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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the steering knuckle assembly-1996 vehicle shown

To install:
  1. Position the knuckle and install the tie rod ball stud. Tighten the hex nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm), then insert a new cotter pin from the rear to the front of the vehicle. If necessary tighten the nut additionally in order to insert the pin, but do not exceed a total torque of 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) and do not back off the original torque.
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  3. Install the upper and lower ball joints to the steering knuckle. Make sure the studs are positioned so cotter pins may be installed from the rear to the front of the vehicle, then install the washers and nuts.
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  5. Tighten the upper control arm ball stud nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). Tighten the nut additionally as necessary to insert the cotter pin but do not exceed 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
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  7. Tighten the lower control arm ball stud nut to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm). Tighten the ball stud nut additionally, as necessary to insert a cotter pin, but do not exceed 88 ft. lbs. (120 Nm) to align the cotter pin holes.
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  9. Remove the jackstand.
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  11. Install the wheel hub or the wheel hub/speed sensor assembly, as applicable.
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  13. If equipped, install the ABS speed sensor bracket and engage the electrical connection.
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  15. For 1984-86 vehicles, install the splash shield.
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  17. Install the rotor and caliper.
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  19. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  21. Lower the vehicle and connect the negative battery cable.
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