Nissan 240SX/Altima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Front Hub and Knuckle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front hub and knuckle assembly-Altima



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the front hub and knuckle assembly-10SX



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Fig. Fig. 3: The axle locknut is secured by a serrated cover and cotter pin



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the front axle locknut and washer



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Fig. Fig. 5: The transverse link ball joint is fastened by a castle nut and cotter pin



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Fig. Fig. 6: Strike the steering knuckle at the point indicated by the arrow to loosen the ball joint



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Fig. Fig. 7: The transverse link ball joint uses a taper fit (arrow) to ensure a snug fit in the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 8: Use a ball joint separator tool (puller) to detach the tie rod end's ball joint from the knuckle

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Disconnect the ABS wheel sensor from the knuckle and set it aside.
  4.  
  5. Remove the axle locknut.
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Do not disconnect the brake hose.

  1. Remove the brake caliper assembly and rotor. Suspend the caliper out of the way using a piece of mechanic's wire.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the tie rod end ball joint retaining nut. Separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle using a ball joint puller.
  4.  

When removing the halfshaft, cover the CV-boots with shop rags to prevent damaging them.

  1. Separate the halfshaft from the knuckle by lightly tapping it using a plastic hammer. If the halfshaft is hard to remove, a jaw type puller may be used to force the shaft through the hub.
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  3. Loosen the lower ball joint attaching nut and separate the ball joint from the knuckle. This can be accomplished by either striking the knuckle with a hammer or using a ball joint separator tool.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the steering knuckle from the transverse link.
  6.  
  7. Remove the strut lower mounting bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the knuckle from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Position the knuckle on the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install new strut lower mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Attach the steering knuckle to the transverse link, and fasten the lower ball joint to the steering knuckle. Install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Insert the halfshaft into the knuckle and hub assembly.
  8.  
  9. Attach the tie rod end to the steering knuckle, and fasten the ball joint. Install a new cotter pin.
  10.  
  11. Install the brake caliper assembly and rotor.
  12.  
  13. Install the axle locknut and tighten to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Connect the ABS wheel sensor to the knuckle.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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