GM Metro/Sprint 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Knuckle and Spindle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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Fig. Fig. 1: Steering knuckle, hub and bearing assembly

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Remove the hub from the steering knuckle, as outlined in this Section.
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  7. Remove the tie rod end cotter pin and nut.
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  9. Remove the ball joint bolt from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Using the ball joint removal tool J-21687-02 or equivalent, remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  13. Remove the strut-to-steering knuckle bolts.
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  15. Remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle. Support the axle shaft with a jackstand to prevent damage to the CV-joint.
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  17. Using a brass drift, drive the inner and outer wheel bearings from the steering knuckle.
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  19. Remove the spacer and clean the steering knuckle cavity.
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To install:
  1. Lubricate the new bearings and the steering knuckle cavity.
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  3. Using the installation tool J-34856, drive the new bearings, with the internal seals facing outward, into the steering knuckle.
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  5. Using the seal installation tool J-34881, drive the new seal into the steering knuckle, grease the seal lip.
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  7. Install the steering knuckle on the vehicle.
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  9. Install the strut-to-steering knuckle bolts. Tighten the strut-to-steering knuckle bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
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  11. Install the ball joint bolt through the steering knuckle.
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  13. Install the ball joint nut and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  15. Install the tie rod end cotter pin and nut. Tighten nut to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
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  17. Install the hub on the steering knuckle. Tighten axle shaft castle nut to 129 ft. lbs. (175 Nm).
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  19. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
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