Kia Sportage 1998-02

Lower Control Arms

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Rear lower arm mounting

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it with safety stands.
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  5. Remove the rear wheels.
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  7. Raise the rear axle housing to facilitate removal of the lower arm assembly.
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  9. Loosen the lower arm bolts and remove the lower arm.
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  11. Inspect the lower arm for bends, cracks and/or other damage.
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  13. Inspect the lower arm bushings for wear and/or deterioration.
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  15. Replace if damaged, deformed or cracked; replace bushings if worn or deteriorated.
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To install:

  1. Press out the bushing using a standard bearing press.
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  3. Apply lubricant to the bushing and press into place using a standard bearing press.
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  5. Install the lower arm and the bolts. Tighten the bolts to 62 ft. lbs. (84 Nm).
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  7. Lower the rear axle housing.
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  9. Replace the wheels and install the lug bolts. Tighten the bolts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
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  11. Remove the safety stands and lower the vehicle.
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