REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it safely with jackstands.
- Remove the front wheels.
- Disconnect the brake hose from the knuckle at the bracket.
- Remove the brake caliper.
- Remove the dust cap, and then remove the cotter pin, adjusting cap and spindle nut from the knuckle spindle.
- Remove the wheel hub and rotor assembly.
- Remove the hub from the rotor assembly.
- Remove the outer bearing cone with fingers and remove the inner bearing cone by prying out the grease seal. Discard the grease seal.
- 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.
- Remove the baffle plate.
- Loosen but do not remove the upper and lower ball joint tightening nut.
- Separate the upper and lower ball joint from the knuckle spindle.
- Jack up the lower control arm (link), then remove the ball joint tightening nut.
- Separate the knuckle spindle from the upper and lower control arms (links).
When installing, please note the following exceptions:
- While jacking up the lower link, install the knuckle spindle to the upper and lower ball joints.
- When installing the knuckle arm, tighten the retaining bolts to 53-72 ft. lbs. (72-97 Nm).
- Install the front hub wheel bearings as outlined in General Information & Maintenance .
- When attaching the disc rotor to the hub, tighten the bolts to 36-51 ft. lbs. (49-69 Nm).
See Figures 1 and 2
- Remove the Auto-lock or Manual-lock free running hub assembly as detailed in Drive Train .
- Separate the axle shaft from the knuckle spindle by slightly tapping the axle shaft end.
- Loosen, but do not remove the upper and lower ball joint-to-spindle nuts.
- Separate the knuckle spindle from the upper and lower ball joint studs with Tool HT72520000, or other equivalent separating tool.
- Support the lower control arm with a floor jack and remove the ball joint tightening nuts.
- Remove the knuckle spindle from the control arms.
When installing, follow these notes:
- When installing the needle bearing into the knuckle, apply grease and make sure the bearing is in the proper direction.
- With the lower control arm jacked up, install the knuckle spindle to the upper and lower ball joints.
- Adjust the wheel bearing preload.
- When installing the axle shaft, never reuse the snapring, and check axial end-play. Refer to Drive Train .