Mazda Tribute 2001-06

Lower Control Arms

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Removal & Installation



Front lower control arm assembly-2004-05 model shown

  1. Remove the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Lift the lower arm with a floor jack until the vehicle starts to lift.
  4.  
  5. Record the ride height. It-s measure from the center of the halfshaft to the fender lip.
  6.  
  7. Remove the floor jack.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle.
  10.  
  11. Support the sub-frame and remove the lower arm.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Install the lower arm, with the bolts loose.
  2.  
  3. Connect the ball joint. Torque the bolt to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Remove the support.
  6.  
  7. Position the jack under the ball joint and raise the arm to the previously recorded ride height.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the lower arm bolts. Horizontal 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm); vertical 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
  10.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Lower ball joint from the knuckle and support the subframe
     
    Lower control arm
     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm bolts and hand tighten them
     
    Pinch bolt to the wheel knuckle. Torque the nut to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) and remove the subframe support
     
    Front wheel and jounce the vehicle
     

  2.  
  3. Torque the inner lower control arm bolt to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm) and outer bolt 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
  4.  



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Fig. Front lower control arm and related components-2004-2006

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Lift the lower arm with a floor jack until the vehicle starts to lift.
  8.  
  9. Record the ride height. It-s measure from the center of the halfshaft to the fender lip.
  10.  
  11. Remove the floor jack.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the ball joint from the knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Support the sub-frame and remove the lower arm.
  16.  

To install:

  1. Install the lower arm, with the bolts loose.
  2.  
  3. Connect the ball joint. Torque the bolt to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Remove the support.
  6.  
  7. Position the jack under the ball joint and raise the arm to the previously recorded ride height.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the lower arm bolts. Horizontal 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm); vertical 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Tighten the wheel hub nut to 214 ft. lbs. (290 Nm) on 2004-2005 vehicles and 221 ft. lbs. (300 Nm) on 2006 vehicles.
  12.  

 
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