Malibu 2001-2005

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.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel.
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  7. Remove the rear wheel bearing.
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  9. Using a suitable jack, raise the knuckle in order to relieve tension from the shock.
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  11. Remove the lower shock to knuckle bolt.
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  13. Remove the coil spring.
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  15. Remove the toe link.
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  17. Remove the upper control arm to knuckle bolt and nut
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  19. Remove the trailing arm to knuckle bolts.

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    Fig. Trailing arm to knuckle bolts removal

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  21. Remove the stabilizer shaft link to knuckle bolt.
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  23. Remove the knuckle from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Install the trailing arm to knuckle bolts and tighten to 133 ft. lbs. 180 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the upper control arm to knuckle bolt and nut.
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  5. Tighten the bolt and nut to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm) plus 70°.

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    Fig. Upper control arm to knuckle bolt

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  7. Install the toe link. Tighten the bolt and nut to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm) plus 70°.
  8.  
  9. Install the coil spring.
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  11. Install the lower shock absorber to knuckle bolt and tighten to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm)
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  13. Install the stabilizer link to the knuckle and tighten to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  15. Install the rear wheel bearing and brake components.
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  17. Install the tire and wheel.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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