Malibu, Malibu MAXX 2006-2008

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



  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 lower control arm.
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  9. Remove the lower control arm to rear bushing bolt.
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  11. Note the position of the bushing during removal. Remove the bushing off the lower control arm.

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    Fig. Lower control arm rear bushing removal

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  13. Install the bushing on the lower control arm as previously noted.
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  15. Using Locktite® 234 or equivalent on the bolt threads, install the lower control arm to bushing bolt.
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  17. Hold the rear bushing inner sleeve when tightening the rear bushings to control arm bolt. Tighten the bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
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  19. Install the lower control arm.
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  21. Install the tire and wheel.
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  23. Lower the vehicle.
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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel.
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  5. If equipped with a 3.5L engine:
    1. If removing the left lower control arm, remove the side transmission mount.
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    3. If removing the right lower control arm, remove the engine mount.
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Lower control arm front bushing-to-frame bolt
     
    Lower control arm rear bushing-to-frame bolts
     
    Lower control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt, noting its original position.
     
    Ball stud from the steering knuckle
     
    Control arm

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    Fig. Lower control arm view

     

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To install:

  1. Position the lower control arm to the frame assembly and steering knuckle.
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  3. Install or connect the following:
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  5. Install a new lower control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt to its original position. Hand tighten only.
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  7. Install the lower control arm front bushing-to-frame bolt. Hand tighten only.
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  9. Install the lower control arm rear bushing-to-frame bolt.
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  11. Tighten components as follows:
    1. Tighten the ball stud-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Reverse the nut 3 / 4 of a turn and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) plus 60 degrees.
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    3. Tighten the bolts with the front suspension loaded using a jack stand.
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    5. Tighten the front bushing bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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    7. Tighten the rear bushing bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  13. If equipped with a 3.5L engine:
    1. Install the side transmission mount if removed. Tighten bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Install the engine mount if removed. Tighten bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  15. Install the front wheel.
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