Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm (Transverse Link)

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Remove the ABS wheel sensor and move it out of the way.
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  7. Remove the wheel bearing locknut.
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  9. Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Matchmark then remove the bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle.
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  13. Separate the halfshaft from the steering knuckle by lightly tapping the end of the shaft.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front suspension--1993-94 models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the front suspension--1995-98 models



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Fig. Fig. 3: Tap the shaft out of the hub. Use a block of wood to protect the shaft



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Fig. Fig. 4: Separate the ball joint from the knuckle

  1. Separate the steering knuckle and the lower ball joint.
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  3. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
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  5. Remove the bolts attaching the link bushing pin to the chassis. If necessary, remove the nut attaching the link to the control arm and remove the link.
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  7. Remove the bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp and remove the lower control arm/traverse link.
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To install:
  1. Install the lower control arm and the compression rod bushing clamp into the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the link bushing pin, if removed from the control arm.
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  5. 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. Refer to the illustrations for tightening torques and sequences.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Tighten the gusset and transverse link in the correct sequence-1993-94 models



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Fig. Fig. 6: Tighten the gusset and transverse link in the correct sequence-1995-98 models

  1. Install the steering knuckle to the lower control arm and connect the ball joint.
  2.  

Always use a new nut when installing the ball joint to the control arm.

  1. Connect the steering knuckle to the strut and to the halfshaft.
  2.  
  3. Install the strut mounting bolts and align the matchmarks.
  4.  
  5. Install the tie rod ball joint and tighten the nut.
  6.  
  7. Install the wheel bearing locknut
  8.  
  9. Install the ABS wheel sensor and tighten the attaching bolt.
  10.  
  11. Install the front wheels, lower the vehicle and tighten hub locknut.
  12.  
  13. Tigthen the bolts attaching the compression rod bushing clamp and the link bushing pin, in the proper sequence.
  14.  
  15. If the link bushing pin was removed from the control arm, tighten the attaching nut.
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  17. Tighten the sway bar attaching nut.
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  19. Have the vehicle alignment checked.
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