Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Remove the front wheel.
- Remove the brake caliper assembly and rotor.
- Disconnect the wheel speed sensor at the wheel well.
- Remove tie rod end jam nut.
- Disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle using special tool C-3894-A, or equivalent.
- Remove the front halfshaft nut, if equipped with 4WD.
- Remove the upper ball joint nut. Separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle with a remover.
- Remove the lower ball joint nut. Separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle with a remover.
Remove or disconnect the following:
All suspension components should be tightened with the weight of the vehicle on them (curb height).
Position the lower control arm at the frame rail brackets. Install the pivot bolts washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts finger-tight.
CAUTIONThe ball joint stud taper must be CLEAN and DRY before installing the knuckle. Clean the stud taper with mineral spirits to remove dirt and grease.
- Install the steering knuckle.
- Insert the lower ball joint into the steering knuckle. Install and tighten the retaining nut to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
- Install shock absorber lower bolt and nut. Tighten to 155 ft. lbs. (210 Nm).
- Install the front halfshaft nut, if equipped with 4WD.
- Insert the upper ball joint into the steering knuckle. Install and tighten the retaining nut to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
- Install the stabilizer bar link and tighten to 75 ft. lbs. (102 Nm).
- Tighten the lower control arm pivot nut and bolts to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm).
- Insert the outer tie rod end into the steering knuckle. Install and tighten the retaining nut to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
- Install the brake caliper and rotor.
- Install the front wheel.
- Check the wheel alignment and adjust, as necessary.