Nissan Car 350Z & Maxima 1999-06

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



The bushing is an integral part of the lower control arm. If the bushing is defective the control arm must be replaced.

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
     
    Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) wheel sensor and move it out of the way
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    Tie rod from the steering knuckle
     
    Bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle. Matchmark the bolts before removal
     
    Halfshaft from the steering knuckle by lightly tapping the end of the shaft
     
    Steering knuckle and the lower ball joint
     
    Stabilizer bar from the lower control arm
     
    Bolts attaching the link bushing pin to the chassis
     
    Nut attaching the link to the control arm and the link, if necessary
     
    Bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp
     
    Lower control arm/traverse link
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Lower control arm and the compression rod bushing clamp into the vehicle
     
    Link bushing pin, if removed from the control arm
     

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  3. Tighten all bolts and nuts until they are snug enough to support the weight of the vehicle but not fully tight, the bolts should be torqued to specification with the vehicle on the floor.
    NOTE
    Always use a new nut when installing the ball joint to the control arm.



    Steering knuckle to the strut and to the halfshaft
     
    Strut mounting bolts and torque the bolts to 103-117 ft. lbs. (140-159 Nm)
     
    Tie rod ball joint and torque the nut to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm) on 1999-02 models
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    ABS wheel sensor and torque the bolt to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm)
     
    Front wheels, lower the vehicle and torque hub locknut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm)
     

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  5. Torque the bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp and the link bushing pin, in the proper sequence to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).

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    Fig. Bolt tightening sequence for the lower control arms-Maxima

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  7. If the link bushing pin was removed from the control arm torque the attaching nut to 87-108 ft. lbs. (118-147 Nm).
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  9. Torque the sway bar attaching nut to 30-35 ft. lbs. (41-47 Nm).
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  11. Check the vehicle alignment.
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