Nissan 240SX/Altima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Control Arms/Links

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: The front parallel link is attached to the steering knuckle and rear suspension member (arrows)



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Fig. Fig. 2: The strut (1), rear parallel link (2), front parallel link (3), and radius link (4) are all connected to the knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 3: The radius link is attached to the rear suspension member and knuckle (arrows)



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Fig. Fig. 4: The rear suspension member is attached to the body at four points (arrows) with rubber bushings



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Fig. Fig. 5: To remove the rear parallel link, loosen and remove the bolts (arrows). The rear toe setting will need to be checked after assembly

Altima

The Altima's rear suspension uses (on each side) a radius link, a front parallel link and a rear parallel link. Each component is attached to the knuckle assembly at one end and the rear suspension member (or chassis) at the other end. The following procedure can be used to remove and install all components.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Before removing the rear parallel link retaining bolts, matchmark them to retain the toe setting.
  6.  
  7. Remove the link retaining bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the link from the vehicle.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Position the link in the vehicle and install the link retaining bolts. Hand-tighten the bolts.
  2.  

When installing the rear parallel link, pay special attention to the matchmarks made during removal.

  1. Install the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  

Final tightening of the link mounting bolts should take place with the wheels on the ground and the vehicle at normal ride height.

  1. Tighten the front and rear parallel link-to-chassis bolts to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Tighten all other bolts to 62-72 ft. lbs. (84-98 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Check the rear wheel alignment.
  6.  

240SX

The rear suspension on the 240SX uses (on each side) a lower arm, lateral link, front upper link and rear upper link. Each component is attached to the knuckle assembly at one end and the rear suspension member (or chassis) at the other end.

LATERAL AND UPPER LINKS
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Before removing the link retaining bolts, matchmark them to retain the camber and toe settings.
  6.  
  7. Remove the link retaining bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the link from the vehicle.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Position the link in the vehicle and install the link retaining bolts. Hand-tighten the bolts.
  2.  

When installing the link, pay special attention to the matchmarks made during removal.

  1. Install the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4.  

Final tightening of the link mounting bolts should take place with the wheels on the ground and the vehicle at normal ride height.

  1. Tighten all bolts except the lateral link-to-chassis bolt to 57-72 ft. lbs. (77-98 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Tighten the lateral link-to-chassis bolt to 51-65 ft. lbs. (69-88 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Check the rear wheel alignment.
  6.  

LOWER ARM
  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheel.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the sway bar from the lower arm.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut from the ball joint and separate the ball joint from the knuckle. This can be accomplished either by striking the knuckle with a hammer or by using a ball joint separator tool.
  8.  
  9. Remove the nuts and bolts connecting the lower arm to the suspension member.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower arm from the vehicle.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Position the lower arm in the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Temporarily tighten the nuts and/or bolts securing the lower arm to the chassis.
  4.  
  5. Install the ball joint in the knuckle and tighten the ball joint nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
  6.  
  7. Connect the sway bar to the lower arm link.
  8.  
  9. Install the rear wheel.
  10.  
  11. Lower the vehicle.
  12.  

Final tightening of the link mounting bolts should take place with the wheels on the ground and the vehicle at normal ride height.

  1. Tighten the lower arm attaching bolts/nuts to 57-72 ft. lbs. (77-98 Nm).
  2.  

 
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