Removal & Installation
- Raise the vehicle and support the frame with suitable safety stands.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the brake caliper, as outlined in the Brakes Section.
- Remove the hub, as outlined later in this section.
- Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle, using a suitable puller.
- Remove the speed sensor from the knuckle.
- Loosen the torsion bar by height control arm adjust bolt, then remove torsion bar.
- Remove the wheel speed sensor.
Remove the back plate.
WARNINGWhen separating the ball joints, be careful not to damage the ball joint boot.
Remove the lower ball joint using remover J-29107.
Remove upper ball joint by using remover J-36831.
- Remove t he knuckle assembly.
- On 4WD models, remove the oil seal and washer.
On 4WD models, remove needle bearing using remover J-23907.
For 4WD models, apply multipurpose type grease to the new bearing (Approx. 5 g) and install needle bearing using installer tools J-36838 and J-8092
- For 4WD models, apply multipurpose type grease to the thrust washer, and install washer with chamfered side facing knuckle.
For 4WD models, using a new oil seal, and apply multipurpose type grease to the area surrounded by the lip (approx. 2 g). Then, use installer J-36837 and J-8092 to install oil seal. After fitting the oil seal to the installer, drive it to the knuckle using a hammer or bench press until the tool front face contacts with the thrust washer.
- Install the knuckle assembly.
- Install upper ball joint and tighten the nut to 72 ft. lbs. (98 Nm), with just enough additional torque to align cotter pin holes, as necessary. Install new cotter pin. 6. Install lower ball joint and tighten the nut to the 108 ft. lbs. (147 Nm), with just enough additional torque to align cotter pin holes, as necessary. Install new cotter pin.
- Install the back plate.
- Install the wheel speed sensor.
- Install the torsion bar.
- Check the trim height, wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.