Buick Century 1997-2000
Buick Regal 1997-2000
Chevrolet Lumina 1997-2000
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1997-2000
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1997
Oldsmobile Intrigue 1998-2000
Pontiac Grand Prix 1997-2000
The steering knuckle is a machined aluminum casting. Do not use a hammer to loosen suspension components from the knuckle.
Removal & Installation
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the front hub and bearing assembly using the procedures found in this section.
- Disconnect the lower ball joint using the procedures found in this section.
- Remove the outer tie rod end using the procedures found in this section.
- If the knuckle is to be reused, scribe a mark around the strut bracket to the knuckle. This will help align the strut at assembly.
- Remove the bolts connecting the strut to the knuckle and remove the knuckle from the vehicle.
- Install the knuckle to the vehicle. If the original knuckle is being reused, align the scribe marks made at removal to help get the strut-to-knuckle alignment as close as possible to the original location.
- Install the strut-to-knuckle bolts and tighten to 90 ft. lbs. (123 Nm).
- Install the outer tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Use a new torque prevailing nut and tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
- Connect the lower control arm ball joint stud to the knuckle, install the slotted nut and torque to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Align the slots in the nut to the hole in the ball joint stud by tightening the nut. DO NOT loosen the nut to align the holes for the cotter pin. Install a new cotter pin. The bent ends of the cotter pin MUST NOT face the ABS wheel speed sensor or the drive axle.
- Install the front hub and bearing assembly using the procedures found in this section.
- Install the front wheel and tire assemblies. Torque the wheel nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.