Infiniti Car 1998-05

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



The bushing are part of the transverse or suspension arm assembly, if they are defective the whole assembly must be replaced.

The bushing are part of the transverse assembly, if they are defective the whole assembly must be replaced.

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Stabilizer bar
     

  4.  


NOTE
Take note of paint mark and clamp position when removing stabilizer bar for correct reinstallation.

  1. Support the steering knuckle with a suitable jack and remove the lower ball joint nut. Separate the ball joint from the knuckle.

    Bolts attaching the lower control arm to the chassis
     
    Lower control arm
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. If the lower ball joint is worn or damaged, the lower control arm must be replaced. The ball joint is not serviceable separately.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm to the chassis with the attaching bolts and nut
     
    Ball joint stud in the knuckle. Torque the nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar and wheel
     

  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle.
  6.  


NOTE
Final tightening must be done with the vehicle at normal ride height, tires on the ground and the chassis loaded.

  1. Torque front control arm bolts to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm) and rear gusset nut to 69-87 ft. lbs. (93-118 Nm).
  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) wheel sensor and move it out of the way
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    Tie rod from the steering knuckle
     
    Bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle. Matchmark prior to removal.
     
    Halfshaft from the steering knuckle by lightly tapping the end of the shaft
     
    Steering knuckle and the lower ball joint
     
    Stabilizer bar from the lower control arm
     
    Bolts attaching the link bushing pin to the chassis
     
    Nut attaching the link to the control arm and remove the link
     
    Bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp
     
    Lower control arm/traverse link
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm and the compression rod bushing clamp into the vehicle
     
    Link bushing pin, if removed from the control arm
     

  2.  
  3. 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 tightened to specification with the vehicle on the floor.

    Steering knuckle to the lower control arm and connect the ball joint. Torque the nut to 46-56 ft. lbs. (62-76 Nm).
     

  4.  


NOTE
Always use a new nut when installing the ball joint to the control arm.



Steering knuckle to the strut and to the halfshaft
 
Strut mounting bolts and align the matchmarks. Torque the bolts to 103-117 ft. lbs. (140-159 Nm).
 
Tie rod ball joint and tighten the nut to 46-54 ft. lbs. (63-73 Nm)
 
Wheel bearing locknut
 
ABS wheel sensor. Torque the attaching bolt to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm).
 
Front wheels
 

  1. Lower the vehicle and torque the hub locknut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).
  2.  
  3. 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).
  4.  
  5. If the link bushing pin was removed from the control arm, torque the attaching nut to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Tighten the sway bar attaching nut to 30-35 ft. lbs. (41-47 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Check the vehicle alignment.
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Nuts securing the tension rod to the transverse link (control arm)
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the knuckle
     
    Transverse link from the sub-frame
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transverse link on the sub-frame. Temporarily install the bolt and nut.
     
    Tension rod on the transverse link. Torque the nuts to 87-94 ft. lbs. (118-127 Nm).
     
    Nut on the ball joint stud. Torque the nut to 71-88 ft. lbs. (96-120 Nm) for Q45 models or to 59-69 ft. lbs. (75-94 Nm) for G35 models.
     
    Front wheel and lower the vehicle to the floor
     
    Transverse link mounting bolt. Torque the bolt to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the suspension arm
     
    Nuts securing the suspension arm to the front suspension member
     
    Suspension arm
     

  4.  
  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten all components, as listed in the rear suspension illustrations.
  6.  


    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension-M45 Models



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension-Q45 Models


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Take note of paint mark and clamp position when removing stabilizer bar for correct reinstallation.



    Stabilizer bar
     

  4.  
  5. Support the steering knuckle with a suitable jack and remove the lower ball joint nut. Separate the ball joint from the knuckle.

    Bolts attaching the lower control arm to the chassis
     
    Lower control arm
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. If the lower ball joint is worn or damaged, the lower control arm must be replaced. The ball joint is not serviceable separately.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm to the chassis with the attaching bolts and nut
     
    Ball joint stud in the knuckle. Torque the nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer bar and wheel
     

  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Final tightening must be done with the vehicle at normal ride height, tires on the ground and the chassis loaded.

  6.  
  7. Torque front control arm bolts to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm) and rear gusset nut to 69-87 ft. lbs. (93-118 Nm).
  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    ABS wheel sensor and move it out of the way
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    Tie rod from the steering knuckle
     
    Bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle. Matchmark prior to removal
     
    Halfshaft from the steering knuckle by lightly tapping the end of the shaft
     
    Steering knuckle and the lower ball joint
     
    Stabilizer bar from the lower control arm
     
    Bolts attaching the link bushing pin to the chassis
     
    Nut attaching the link to the control arm and remove the link
     
    Bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp
     
    Lower control arm/traverse link
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm and the compression rod bushing clamp into the vehicle
     
    Link bushing pin, if removed from the control arm
     

  2.  
  3. 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.
    NOTE
    Always use a new nut when installing the ball joint to the control arm.



    Steering knuckle to the lower control arm and connect the ball joint. Torque the nut to 46-56 ft. lbs. (62-76 Nm)
     



    Steering knuckle to the strut and to the halfshaft
     
    Strut mounting bolts and align the matchmarks. Torque the bolts to 103-117 ft. lbs. (140-159 Nm)
     
    Tie rod ball joint and tighten the nut to 46-54 ft. lbs. (63-73 Nm)
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    ABS wheel sensor. Torque the attaching bolt to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm)
     
    Front wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle and torque the hub locknut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).
  6.  
  7. 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).
  8.  
  9. If the link bushing pin was removed from the control arm, torque the attaching nut to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Tighten the sway bar attaching nut to 30-35 ft. lbs. (41-47 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Check the vehicle alignment.
  14.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Nuts securing the tension rod to the transverse link (control arm)
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the knuckle
     
    Transverse link from the sub-frame
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transverse link on the sub-frame. Temporarily install the bolt and nut
     
    Tension rod on the transverse link. Torque the nuts to 87-94 ft. lbs. (118-127 Nm)
     
    Nut on the ball joint stud. Torque the nut to 71-88 ft. lbs. (96-120 Nm)
     
    Front wheel and lower the vehicle to the floor
     
    Transverse link mounting bolt. Torque the bolt to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Take note of paint mark and clamp position when removing stabilizer bar for correct reinstallation.



    Stabilizer bar
     

  4.  
  5. Support the steering knuckle with a suitable jack and remove the lower ball joint nut. Separate the ball joint from the knuckle.

    Bolts attaching the lower control arm to the chassis
     
    Lower control arm
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. If the lower ball joint is worn or damaged, the lower control arm must be replaced. The ball joint is not serviceable separately.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm to the chassis with the attaching bolts and nut
     
    Ball joint stud in the knuckle. Torque the nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer bar and wheel
     

  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Final tightening must be done with the vehicle at normal ride height, tires on the ground and the chassis loaded.

  6.  
  7. Torque front control arm bolts to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm) and rear gusset nut to 69-87 ft. lbs. (93-118 Nm).
  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    ABS wheel sensor and move it out of the way
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    Tie rod from the steering knuckle
     
    Bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle. Matchmark prior to removal
     
    Halfshaft from the steering knuckle by lightly tapping the end of the shaft
     
    Steering knuckle and the lower ball joint
     
    Stabilizer bar from the lower control arm
     
    Bolts attaching the link bushing pin to the chassis
     
    Nut attaching the link to the control arm and remove the link
     
    Bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp
     
    Lower control arm/traverse link
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm and the compression rod bushing clamp into the vehicle
     
    Link bushing pin, if removed from the control arm
     

  2.  
  3. 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.
    NOTE
    Always use a new nut when installing the ball joint to the control arm.



    Steering knuckle to the lower control arm and connect the ball joint. Torque the nut to 46-56 ft. lbs. (62-76 Nm)
     



    Steering knuckle to the strut and to the halfshaft
     
    Strut mounting bolts and align the matchmarks. Torque the bolts to 103-117 ft. lbs. (140-159 Nm)
     
    Tie rod ball joint and tighten the nut to 46-54 ft. lbs. (63-73 Nm)
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    ABS wheel sensor. Torque the attaching bolt to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm)
     
    Front wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle and torque the hub locknut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).
  6.  
  7. 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).
  8.  
  9. If the link bushing pin was removed from the control arm, torque the attaching nut to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Tighten the sway bar attaching nut to 30-35 ft. lbs. (41-47 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Check the vehicle alignment.
  14.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Nuts securing the tension rod to the transverse link (control arm)
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the knuckle
     
    Transverse link from the sub-frame
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transverse link on the sub-frame. Temporarily install the bolt and nut
     
    Tension rod on the transverse link. Torque the nuts to 87-94 ft. lbs. (118-127 Nm)
     
    Nut on the ball joint stud. Torque the nut to 71-88 ft. lbs. (96-120 Nm)
     
    Front wheel and lower the vehicle to the floor
     
    Transverse link mounting bolt. Torque the bolt to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Take note of paint mark and clamp position when removing stabilizer bar for correct reinstallation.



    Stabilizer bar
     

  4.  
  5. Support the steering knuckle with a suitable jack and remove the lower ball joint nut. Separate the ball joint from the knuckle.

    Bolts attaching the lower control arm to the chassis
     
    Lower control arm
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. If the lower ball joint is worn or damaged, the lower control arm must be replaced. The ball joint is not serviceable separately.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm to the chassis with the attaching bolts and nut
     
    Ball joint stud in the knuckle. Torque the nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar and wheel
     

  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Final tightening must be done with the vehicle at normal ride height, tires on the ground and the chassis loaded.

  6.  
  7. Torque front control arm bolts to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm) and rear gusset nut to 69-87 ft. lbs. (93-118 Nm).
  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) wheel sensor and move it out of the way
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    Tie rod from the steering knuckle
     
    Bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle. Matchmark prior to removal.
     
    Halfshaft from the steering knuckle by lightly tapping the end of the shaft
     
    Steering knuckle and the lower ball joint
     
    Stabilizer bar from the lower control arm
     
    Bolts attaching the link bushing pin to the chassis
     
    Nut attaching the link to the control arm and remove the link
     
    Bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp
     
    Lower control arm/traverse link
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm and the compression rod bushing clamp into the vehicle
     
    Link bushing pin, if removed from the control arm
     

  2.  
  3. 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 tightened to specification with the vehicle on the floor.
    NOTE
    Always use a new nut when installing the ball joint to the control arm.



    Steering knuckle to the lower control arm and connect the ball joint. Torque the nut to 46-56 ft. lbs. (62-76 Nm).
     



    Steering knuckle to the strut and to the halfshaft
     
    Strut mounting bolts and align the matchmarks. Torque the bolts to 103-117 ft. lbs. (140-159 Nm).
     
    Tie rod ball joint and tighten the nut to 46-54 ft. lbs. (63-73 Nm)
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    ABS wheel sensor. Torque the attaching bolt to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle and torque the hub locknut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).
  6.  
  7. 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).
  8.  
  9. If the link bushing pin was removed from the control arm, torque the attaching nut to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Tighten the sway bar attaching nut to 30-35 ft. lbs. (41-47 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Check the vehicle alignment.
  14.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Nuts securing the tension rod to the transverse link (control arm)
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the knuckle
     
    Transverse link from the sub-frame
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transverse link on the sub-frame. Temporarily install the bolt and nut.
     
    Tension rod on the transverse link. Torque the nuts to 87-94 ft. lbs. (118-127 Nm).
     
    Nut on the ball joint stud. Torque the nut to 71-88 ft. lbs. (96-120 Nm) for Q45 models or to 59-69 ft. lbs. (75-94 Nm) for G35 models.
     
    Front wheel and lower the vehicle to the floor
     
    Transverse link mounting bolt. Torque the bolt to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the suspension arm
     
    Nuts securing the suspension arm to the front suspension member
     
    Suspension arm
     

  4.  
  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten all components, as listed in the rear suspension illustrations.
  6.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Nuts securing the tension rod to the transverse link (control arm)
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the knuckle
     
    Transverse link from the sub-frame
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Transverse link on the sub-frame. Temporarily install the bolt and nut.
     
    Tension rod on the transverse link. Torque the nuts to 87-94 ft. lbs. (118-127 Nm).
     
    Nut on the ball joint stud. Torque the nut to 71-88 ft. lbs. (96-120 Nm) for Q45 models or to 59-69 ft. lbs. (75-94 Nm) for G35 models.
     
    Front wheel and lower the vehicle to the floor
     
    Transverse link mounting bolt. Torque the bolt to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Engine undercover, if necessary
     
    Nut and separate the ball joint stud from the suspension arm
     
    Nuts securing the suspension arm to the front suspension member
     
    Suspension arm
     

  4.  
  5. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten all components, as listed in the rear suspension illustrations.
  6.  

 
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