Nissan Pick-ups and Pathfinder 1989-1995

Steering Knuckle And Spindle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2wd Models
  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it safely with jackstands.
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  3. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Disconnect the brake hose from the knuckle at the bracket.
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  7. Remove the brake caliper.
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  9. Remove the dust cap, and then remove the cotter pin, adjusting cap and spindle nut from the knuckle spindle.
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  11. Remove the wheel hub and rotor assembly.
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  13. Remove the hub from the rotor assembly.
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  15. Remove the outer bearing cone with fingers and remove the inner bearing cone by prying out the grease seal. Discard the grease seal.
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  17. If it is necessary to replace the bearing outer race, drive it out from the hub with a brass drift and mallet. Evenly tap the bearing outer race through the hole inside the hub.
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  19. Remove the baffle plate.
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  21. Loosen but do not remove the upper and lower ball joint tightening nut.
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  23. Separate the upper and lower ball joint from the knuckle spindle.
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  25. Jack up the lower control arm (link), then remove the ball joint tightening nut.
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  27. Separate the knuckle spindle from the upper and lower control arms (links).
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  29. When installing, please note the following exceptions:
    1. While jacking up the lower link, install the knuckle spindle to the upper and lower ball joints.
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    3. When installing the knuckle arm, tighten the retaining bolts to 53-72 ft. lbs. (72-97 Nm).
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    5. Install the front hub wheel bearings as outlined in General Information & Maintenance .
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    7. When attaching the disc rotor to the hub, tighten the bolts to 36-51 ft. lbs. (49-69 Nm).
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4wd Models

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Remove the Auto-lock or Manual-lock free running hub assembly as detailed in Drive Train .
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  3. Separate the axle shaft from the knuckle spindle by slightly tapping the axle shaft end.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Tapping the axle shaft from the spindle-always use a wooden block to protect the axle shaft



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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the knuckle spindle from the axle shaft-note axle shaft is removed from the vehicle for illustration purposes only

  1. Loosen, but do not remove the upper and lower ball joint-to-spindle nuts.
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  3. Separate the knuckle spindle from the upper and lower ball joint studs with Tool HT72520000, or other equivalent separating tool.
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  5. Support the lower control arm with a floor jack and remove the ball joint tightening nuts.
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  7. Remove the knuckle spindle from the control arms.
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  9. When installing, follow these notes:
    1. When installing the needle bearing into the knuckle, apply grease and make sure the bearing is in the proper direction.
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    3. With the lower control arm jacked up, install the knuckle spindle to the upper and lower ball joints.
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    5. Adjust the wheel bearing preload.
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    7. When installing the axle shaft, never reuse the snapring, and check axial end-play. Refer to Drive Train .
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