Lexus RX300, 330 3 2000-06

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



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

    Wheel
     
    Steering knuckle with the axle hub
     
    Dust deflector, by prying it from the knuckle
     
    Cotter pin and nut from the ball joint
     
    Ball joint from the steering knuckle, by removing the 2 bolts
     
    Lower ball joint, using a Ball Joint Separator tool 09628-62011
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower ball joint. Tighten the nut to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm) and both bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
     
    New cotter pin
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  

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

    Wheel
     
    Steering knuckle with the axle hub
     
    Dust deflector, by prying it from the knuckle
     
    Cotter pin and nut from the ball joint
     
    Ball joint from the steering knuckle, by removing the 2 bolts
     
    Lower ball joint, using a Ball Joint Separator tool 09628-62011
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower ball joint. Tighten the nut to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm) and both bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
     
    New cotter pin
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  

  1. Remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the axle hub nut.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the speed sensor.
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  7. Remove the caliper and suspend it out of the way.
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  9. Remove the rotor.
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  11. Disconnect the tie rod end.
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  13. Remove the lower arm.
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  15. Pull the knuckle from the halfshaft.
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  17. Remove the bolts securing the ball joint to the arm.
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  19. Installation is the reverse of removal. Observe the following torques:

    Ball joint-to-arm: 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm)
     
    Ball joint-to-knuckle: 91 ft. lbs. (123 Nm)
     
    Arm-to-frame: 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm)
     
    Stabilizer bar link: 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm)
     
    Caliper support bolts: 77 ft. lbs. (104 Nm)
     
    Caliper pins: 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm)
     
    Hub nut: 217 ft. lbs. (294 Nm)
     

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