REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Loosen the wheel nuts slightly.
- Using a suitable sized chisel, lift the lock tab of the front axle spindle nut from the groove in the spindle.
- Break loose the axle spindle nut.
- Raise the front of the vehicle.
- Support the vehicle on jackstands.
- Remove the lug nuts and then the wheel.
- Unscrew the brake hose mounting bolts.
- Remove the brake hose and caliper mounting bolts and place the caliper assembly aside supported by mechanic's wire to prevent the hydraulic hose from being damaged.
- On cars with ABS, remove the ABS wheel sensor bolts and remove the wheel sensor.
Do not remove the wheel sensor connector.
- Remove the cotter key from the tie rod end spindle, and remove the castle nut, then using a tie rod end removal tool, remove the tie rod end from the knuckle.
- Remove the cotter key from the lower ball joint spindle, then loosen and remove the castle nut and release the ball joint from the lower control arm.
A penetrating lubricant may be used if the ball joint is difficult to remove.
- Remove the cotter key from the upper ball joint spindle, then loosen and remove the castle nut and release the ball joint from the upper control arm.
- Pull the knuckle away from the vehicle. If necessary, use a plastic hammer to tap on the spindle to help release it from the hub splines.
- On late models, use a hydraulic press and suitable press tools to remove the front hub/bearing assembly. For specific details, refer to the hub/bearing removal and installation procedure.
- On early models you can remove the hub by extracting the flange bolts securing the hub unit to the knuckle.
Carefully inspect the lug bolt studs. If they have been damaged, replace them while the hub is removed from the knuckle.
- On late models, install the wheel bearing, snap-ring and hub.
- On early models, install the wheel bearing/hub assembly and tighten the flange bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (44 Nm)
The balance of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, making note of the following points and specifications:
Please note the following torque specifications:
Upper ball joint torque: 29-35 ft. lbs. (39-47 Nm), install using a new cotter pin
- Please note the following torque specifications: