GM Malibu/Cutlass 1997-2000

Steering Knuckle and Spindle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Remove the hub nut from the axle shaft and . . .



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Fig. . . . also remove the washer located behind it



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Fig. Remove the brake caliper from the hub assembly and support it using mechanic's wire or another suitable device



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Fig. Remove the rotor from the hub assembly



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Fig. The tie rod end connects the steering gear to the steering knuckle



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Fig. Use a pair of pliers to remove the cotter pin from the tie rod end . . .



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Fig. . . . then remove the retaining nut from the tie rod end



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Fig. A special puller is recommended for removing the tie rod end from the steering knuckle to avoid damaging the tie rod end



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Fig. Use the puller to separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Remove the cotter pin from the lower ball joint . . .



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Fig. . . . then, using a wrench, loosen and remove the ball joint retaining nut



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Fig. Use a suitable prytool to separate the lower ball joint/control arm from the steering knuckle



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Fig. Remove the strut-to-steering knuckle mounting bolts . . .



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Fig. . . . then separate the strut from the steering knuckle and remove the knuckle

  1. With the weight of the vehicle still on the wheels, loosen, but do not remove the front hub (drive axle) nut. This may require an assistant holding the brakes to keep the front halfshaft from turning. It is good practice to wire-brush the exposed threads on the outer CV-joint stub shaft and apply a generous amount of penetrating oil before attempting to loosen the hub