HHR 2006-2008

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower control arm.
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  7. Wrap the control arm with a shop towel and place it in a vise.
    NOTE
    Note the depth and orientation of the old bushing before removal.



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    Fig. Control arm bushing replacement

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  9. Using tool J 41211, pull the control arm bushing through the control arm.
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  11. Disassemble the tools and remove the bushing.
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To install:

  1. Place the NEW bushing to the tapered side of the control arm.
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  3. Using the tool, pull the control arm bushing through the opposite direction of the control arm.
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  5. Install the bushing to the same depth and orientation as noted during removal.
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  7. Remove the tool from the control arm.
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  9. Install the control arm.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheel.
    WARNING
    Do not free the ball stud by using a pickle fork or a wedge-type tool. Damage to the seal or bushing may result.



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    Fig. Ball stud to steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut

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  7. Remove the ball stud to steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut.
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  9. Separate the ball stud from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Remove the rear frame bolt.
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  13. Remove the control arm to frame bolts.

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    Fig. Control arm to frame bolts

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  15. Remove the control arm from the frame.
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To install:

  1. Insert the rear portion of the control arm into the frame.
  2.  
  3. Loosely install the rear frame bolt.
  4.  
  5. Lower the control arm and insert the ball stud into the steering knuckle.
    WARNING
    The control arm contains 2 fore/aft movement limiting brackets. Failure to install these brackets will result in abnormal handling characteristics.



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    Fig. Fore/aft movement limiting brackets

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  7. Install the fore/aft movement limiting brackets onto the control arm forward bushing.
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  9. Install both control arm to frame bolts. Tighten the bolts to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  11. Tighten the rear frame bolt. Tighten the bolt to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm) plus 180°.
    NOTE
    The torque sequence must be followed in the order that is listed.

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  13. Install the ball stud pinch bolt and nut.
    1. First Pass: Tighten the nut to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Back off nut 3 / 4  turn
    4.  
    5. Second Pass: Tighten the nut to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) plus 30°.
    6.  

  14.  
  15. Install the wheel.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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  19. Road test the vehicle in order to test for leads or pulls. Align as needed.
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