Liberty, Wrangler, 1997-2005

Steering Knuckle & Spindle

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Removal & Installation



Ball stud service procedures below require removal of the hub bearing and axle shaft. Removal and installation of upper and lower ball studs require the use of Tool Kit 6289.

  1. Remove hub bearing and axle shaft.
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  3. Disconnect the tie-rod or drag link from the steering knuckle arm.
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  5. Remove the cotter pins from the upper and lower ball studs.
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  7. Remove the upper and lower ball stud nuts.
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  9. Using special tool C-4150A separate the ball joints from the steering knuckle. Remove knuckle from ball studs
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To install:

  1. Position the steering knuckle on the ball studs.
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  3. Install and tighten the bottom retaining nut to 80 ft. lbs. (109 Nm) torque. Install new cotter pin.
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  5. Install and tighten the top retaining nut to 75 ft. lbs. (101 Nm) torque. Install new cotter pin.
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  7. Install the hub bearing and axle shaft.
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  9. Connect the tie-rod or drag link end to the steering knuckle arm
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  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the caliper adapter. Never allow the disc brake caliper to hang from the brake hose. Damage to the brake hose will result. Provide a suitable support to hang the caliper securely.
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  7. Remove the disc brake rotor.
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  9. Remove the wheel speed sensor.
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  11. Remove the axle shaft nut. (if equipped with four wheel drive).
  12.  
  13. Remove the hub/bearing.
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  15. Separate the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  17. Remove the lower ball joint nut.
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  19. Separate the lower ball joint from the suspension arm using tool C-4150A.
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  21. Remove the upper ball joint nut.
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  23. Separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using tool C-4150A.
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  25. Remove the knuckle from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Install the knuckle to the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the upper ball joint nut. Tighten the nut to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
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  5. Install the lower ball joint nut. Tighten the nut to 60 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the outer tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
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  9. Install the hub/bearing.
  10.  
  11. Install the axle shaft nut. Tighten the nut to 96 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).(if equipped with four wheel drive).
  12.  
  13. Install the wheel speed sensor.
  14.  
  15. Install the disc brake rotor.
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  17. Install the caliper adapter.
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  19. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  21. Perform the set toe procedure.
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