GM Full-Size Trucks 1980-1987 Repair Guide

Steering Knuckle (2 Wheel Drive)

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering knuckle, 2WD trucks

It is recommended that vehicle be raised and supported safely so that the front coil spring remains compressed, yet the wheel and steering knuckle assembly remain accessible. If a frame hoist is used, support the lower control arm with an adjustable jackstand to safely retain the spring in its curb height position.

  1. Raise vehicle on hoist and support the lower control arm as noted above.
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  3. Remove wheel and tire.
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  5. Remove caliper and hub. See Brakes .
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  7. Remove the disc splash shield bolts securing the shield to the steering knuckle. Remove the shield.
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  9. Detach the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Remove upper and lower ball stud cotter pin and loosen ball stud nuts. Free steering knuckle from ball studs by installing tool J-23742. Remove ball stud nuts and withdraw steering knuckle.
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To install:
  1. Place steering knuckle in position and insert upper and lower ball studs into knuckle bosses. Steering knuckle hole, ball stud and nut should be free of dirt and grease before tightening nut.
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  3. Install ball stud nuts and tighten nut to specification. If necessary tighten one more notch to insert cotter pins. Do not loosen nut to insert cotter pin.
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  5. Reattach tie rod end to the steering knuckle and tighten to specification.
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  7. Install disc splash shield.
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  9. Install the brake caliper and tighten two caliper assembly mounting bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
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  11. Install hub and wheel bearings. Adjust the wheel bearings according to specifications. See Drive Train for additional information, if required.
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  13. Install wheels and tighten to specification.
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