Nissan Car Altima & Sentra 1999-06

Lower Control Arm (Transverse Link)


Control Arm 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 section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels
    Disc brake caliper from the steering knuckle


DO NOT allow the disc brake caliper to hang from the brake hose. Support the disc caliper with safety wire.

Cotter pin and loosen the wheel bearing locknut
Cotter pin and the castle nut from the tie rod ball joint. Separate the tie rod with a suitable puller.
2 bolts that secure the lower portion of the strut to the steering knuckle

  1. Using a plastic or rubber mallet, tap on the loosened wheel bearing locknut to loosen the halfshaft in the knuckle. Remove the locknut and remove the halfshaft from the steering knuckle. Be sure to cover the CV-joints with a shop rag.

Support the halfshaft assembly with wire. Do not allow the halfshaft to hang by the inner joint.

Nut that secures the stabilizer link to the lower control arm
Link from the control arm. Note the positioning of the washers and spacers for reassembly.
Cotter pin and castle nut from the lower ball joint
Lower ball joint from the knuckle
Knuckle from the vehicle
Mounting nuts/bolts that secure the lower control arm to the frame
Control arm from the vehicle

To install:

Final tightening of all suspension components should take place with the weight of the vehicle on the wheels.

  1. Install the lower control arm assembly and torque mounting bolts/nuts as follows:
    1. Through bolt and nut: 76-90 ft. lbs. (103-123 Nm).
    3. 2 saddle bracket mounting bolts: 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm).

  3. Install or connect the following:

    Steering knuckle to the lower ball joint and torque the castle nut to 43-54 ft. lbs. (59-74 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
    Stabilizer link to the lower control arm and torque the nut to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm)
    Halfshaft through the wheel bearing
    Wheel bearing locknut. Do not torque the locknut at this time.
    Steering knuckle to the strut