Isuzu Ascender 2003-05

Removal & Installation


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

    Front wheel


Place a drift through the caliper into the edge of the rotor to keep the rotor from turning when the nut is removed

Wheel center cap, if equipped
Halfshaft nut and discard. A new nut must be used for installation.
Drift from the rotor
Brake caliper and support it with a piece of wire to avoid damaging the brake hose
Brake rotor

  1. To remove the steering knuckle, remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel hub and bearing
    Outer tie rod retaining nut
    Outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle using a puller
    Brake hose bracket retaining bolts
    Brake hose bracket
    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) wheel speed sensor wiring harness bracket, if necessary
    Upper control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut
    Upper control arm from the steering knuckle
    Lower ball joint retaining nut
    Steering knuckle from the control arm using a puller
    Steering knuckle

  3. Remove the left side halfshaft from differential carrier, or right halfshaft from the clutch fork housing as follows:
    1. Place a brass drift against the tripot housing.
    3. Use a hammer to strike the drift outward from the case, striking hard enough to overcome the snapring tension holding the halfshaft.

  5. Pull the halfshaft straight out of the differential carrier or clutch fork housing.

To install:

  1. Install the halfshaft as follows:
    1. With both hands on the tripot housing, align the splines on the shaft with the differential carrier assembly (left) or clutch fork housing (right).
    3. Center the halfshaft into the differential carrier or clutch fork housing assembly seal.
    5. Firmly push the shaft straight into the differential carrier or clutch fork housing assembly until the snapring is properly seated.

  3. To install the steering knuckle, install or connect the following:

    Steering knuckle to the lower control arm
    Lower ball joint retaining nut and tighten to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
    Upper control arm to the steering knuckle
    Upper control arm pinch bolt and nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
    ABS wheel speed sensor harness bracket
    Brake hose bracket. Tighten the bolts to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
    Outer tie rod to the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
    Hub and bearing

  5. Install or connect the following:

    New halfshaft nut and tighten to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm)

  7. Lower the vehicle. Adjust the front toe.