Removal & Installation
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the front wheels.
- Remove the ABS wheel sensor and move it out of the way.
- Remove the wheel bearing locknut.
- Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
- Matchmark then remove the bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle.
- Separate the halfshaft from the steering knuckle by lightly tapping the end of the shaft.
- Separate the steering knuckle and the lower ball joint.
- Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
- Remove the bolts attaching the link bushing pin to the chassis. If necessary, remove the nut attaching the link to the control arm and remove the link.
- Remove the bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp and remove the lower control arm/traverse link.
- Install the lower control arm and the compression rod bushing clamp into the vehicle.
- Install the link bushing pin, if removed from the control arm.
- Tighten all bolts and nuts until they are snug enough to support the weight of the vehicle but not fully tight, the bolts should be torqued to specification with the vehicle on the floor.
Install the steering knuckle to the lower control arm and connect the ball joint. Torque the ball joint nut to
46-56 ft. lbs. (62-76 Nm).
NOTEAlways use a new nut when installing the ball joint to the control arm.
- Connect the steering knuckle to the strut and to the halfshaft.
- Install the strut mounting bolts and align the matchmarks. Torque the bolts to 103-117 ft. lbs. (140-159 Nm).
- Install the tie rod ball joint and torque the nut to 46-54 ft. lbs. (63-73 Nm).
- Install the wheel bearing locknut
- Install the ABS wheel sensor and torque the attaching bolt to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm).
- Install the front wheels, lower the vehicle and torque hub locknut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).
- Torque the bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp and the link bushing pin, in the proper sequence to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).
- If the link bushing pin was removed from the control arm torque the attaching nut to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).
- Torque the sway bar attaching nut to 30-35 ft. lbs. (41-47 Nm).
- Check the vehicle alignment.