Kia Sorento 2003-05

Steering Knuckle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front wheel.
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  5. Remove the wheel speed sensor.
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  7. Remove the brake caliper retaining bolts. Remove the caliper and position it to the side with wire.
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  9. Remove the brake rotor retaining screws. Remove the brake rotor.
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  11. Remove the lock nut and plain washer (2WD).
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  13. Remove the upper arm link lock bolt, spring washer and nut.
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  15. Remove the tie rod end cotter pin and separate the knuckle from the tie rod end.
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  17. Remove the ball joint cotter pin, and separate the knuckle from the lower ball joint.
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  19. Remove the steering knuckle.
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  21. Using a suitable tool, pry out oil seal from knuckle (4WD).
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  23. Press the wheel hub from the knuckle (4WD).
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  25. Press the knuckle and then remove wheel hub (2WD).
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To install:

  1. Install the dust cover to the knuckle and tighten the bolts to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-23 Nm).
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  3. Install new oil seal and then install the wheel hub to the knuckle by pressing.
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  5. Apply grease to the wheel bearing and seal lip.
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  7. Put steering knuckle on the driveshaft end with upper and lower ball joints in mounting holes.
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  9. Attach lower arm, tighten lock nut to 116-130 (160-180 Nm), and install cotter pin.
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  11. Attach tie rod end to knuckle, tighten nut to 51-57 ft. lbs. (70-80 Nm), and install cotter pin.
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  13. Insert upper arm link lock bolt with spring washer and tighten nut to 32-39 ft. lbs. (44-55 Nm).
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  15. Install the chamfer of plain washer toward the bearing (2WD).
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  17. Screw lock nut up against wheel hub assembly and using a lock nut wrench, tighten nut to tightening torque to set bearing preload. Use spring scale to measure:

    Bearing preload: 10 inch lbs.
     
    Tightening torque: 178-198 ft. lbs. (245-275 Nm)
     

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  19. Caulk the flange of lock nut on the end of driveshaft.
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  21. Install the wheel speed sensor harness.
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  23. Install the brake caliper and rotor.
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  25. Install the front wheel.
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  27. Check the alignment and adjust as necessary.
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