Metro, Prizm 2000-2002

Steering Knuckle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the brake caliper and brake rotor.
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  7. Remove the wheel speed sensor electrical connector from the sensor, for ABS equipped vehicles.
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  9. Remove one bolt and the wheel speed sensor from the knuckle, for ABS equipped vehicles.
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  11. Unstake and remove the drive axle nut and washer.
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  13. If the knuckle is being replaced, remove the hub from the knuckle.
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  15. Remove the cotter pin and the castle nut from the tie rod end.
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  17. Remove the tie rod end from the knuckle using a universal steering linkage puller.
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  19. Remove the ball stud nut and bolt. Separate the ball joint from the knuckle.
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  21. Remove the two strut-to-knuckle bolts and nuts and remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Apply a light coat of wheel bearing grease GM P/N 1051344, or equivalent, to the outside of the hub shaft.
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  3. If a new knuckle is being installed, install the hub and the outer bearing.
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  5. Install the steering knuckle to the strut. Secure the steering knuckle with two strut-to-knuckle bolts and nuts. Tighten the strut-to-knuckle bolts and nuts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
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  7. Install the ball stud to knuckle. Secure with the bolt and nut and tighten to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  9. Install the tie rod end to the knuckle. Secure with the castle nut and cotter pin and tighten the castle nut to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
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  11. Install the wheel drive shaft nut and washer.
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  13. Install the brake caliper and rotor.
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  15. Secure the items with the drive axle nut and tighten to 129 ft. lbs. (175 Nm).
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  17. Install stake the wheel drive shaft nut using a hammer and punch.
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  19. Install the wheel speed electrical connector to sensor, for ABS equipped vehicles.
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  21. Install the wheel speed sensor to knuckle. Secure with bolt and tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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  23. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  25. Lower the vehicle.
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  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands. Remove the front tire and wheel assembly.
  2.  
  3. If the vehicle is equipped with an Antilock Brake System (ABS), remove the one bolt for the ABS wheel speed sensor and the sensor from the steering knuckle. Position the sensor to the side.
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  5. Remove the front brake hose bolt and the hose from the strut. Position the hose and the bolt to the side.
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  7. Remove the bolt and 2 nuts from the lower control arm.
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  9. Remove the cotter pin and the drive shaft nut retainer from the drive axle.
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  11. Remove the drive shaft nut from the drive axle while an assistant depresses the brake pedal.
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  13. Remove the front brake caliper housing and bracket.
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  15. Remove the brake rotor.
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  17. Inspect the steering knuckle for any damage.
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  19. Loosen the nuts on the lower side of the strut assembly. Do not remove the bolts.
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  21. Remove the outer tie rod cotter pin.
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  23. Remove the outer tie rod nut.
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  25. Disconnect the outer tie rod from the knuckle using a universal steering linkage puller.
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  27. Remove the 2 nuts and the 2 bolts from lower side of the strut assembly.
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  29. Remove the steering knuckle with the hub.
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  31. Clamp the steering knuckle in a soft jawed vise.
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  33. If you are removing the steering knuckle in order to remove the wheel hub bearing and seal, refer to Wheel Bearing/Hub procedure.
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  35. If you are replacing the steering knuckle, remove the steering knuckle cotter pin and the ball stud nut.
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  37. Remove the ball stud from the steering knuckle using a universal steering linkage puller.
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  39. Remove the wheel hub, bearing, and seal.

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    Fig. Steering knuckle (2), bolts and nuts (1, 4, 6), ball joint (3) and cotter pin (5)-Prizm

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To install:

  1. Clamp the steering knuckle in a soft jawed vise.
  2.  
  3. Install the wheel hub, bearing, and seal to the steering knuckle.
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  5. Install the ball stud to the steering knuckle. Secure with the ball stud nut and tighten to 91 ft. lbs. (124 Nm).
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  7. Install the cotter pin to the ball stud nut.
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  9. Remove the steering knuckle with the hub from the vise.
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  11. Use engine oil to coat the threads of the 2 nuts on the lower side of the strut assembly.
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  13. Install the steering knuckle and secure with the 2 bolts and 2 nuts. DO NOT tighten at this time.
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  15. Install the outer tie rod to the steering knuckle.
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  17. Install the outer tie rod nut to the outer tie rod. Tighten the outer tie rod nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Align the cotter pin by tightening the outer tie rod nut up to 1 / 6 additional turn, or 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm) maximum. Do not back off the outer tie rod nut for the cotter pin insertion.
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  19. Install the cotter pin into the hole in the tie rod stud.
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  21. Install the front brake rotor.
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  23. Install the brake caliper and bracket.
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  25. Install the drive shaft nut while an assistant applies the brakes and tighten the nut to 166 ft. lbs. (225 Nm).
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  27. Install the drive shaft nut and cotter pin.
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  29. Install the 1 bolt and 2 nuts to the control arm and tighten to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm).
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  31. Tighten the 2 nuts and bolts on the lower side of the strut assembly to 203 ft. lbs. (274 Nm).
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  33. Install the front brake hose and bolt. Tighten the bolt to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
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  35. Install the ABS wheel speed sensor to the knuckle. Secure with 1 bolt and tighten to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
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  37. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  39. Lower the vehicle.
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  41. Inspect the front wheel alignment.
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