REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Disconnect the ABS wheel sensor from the knuckle and set it aside.
- Remove the axle locknut.
Do not disconnect the brake hose.
- Remove the brake caliper assembly and rotor. Suspend the caliper out of the way using a piece of mechanic's wire.
- 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.
When removing the halfshaft, cover the CV-boots with shop rags to prevent damaging them.
- 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.
- 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.
- Disconnect the steering knuckle from the transverse link.
- Remove the strut lower mounting bolts.
- Remove the knuckle from the vehicle.
- Position the knuckle on the vehicle.
- Install new strut lower mounting bolts.
- Attach the steering knuckle to the transverse link, and fasten the lower ball joint to the steering knuckle. Install a new cotter pin.
- Insert the halfshaft into the knuckle and hub assembly.
- Attach the tie rod end to the steering knuckle, and fasten the ball joint. Install a new cotter pin.
- Install the brake caliper assembly and rotor.
- Install the axle locknut and tighten to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).
- Connect the ABS wheel sensor to the knuckle.
- Lower the vehicle.