Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Apply the brakes and hold in place.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the front tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the cotter pin, lock nut and spring washer from the hub nut.
- While the brakes are applied, loosen and remove the hub nut on the end of the driveshaft.
- Release the brakes.
- Remove the front disc brake caliper and adapter as an assembly, and the brake rotor from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the nut attaching the outer tie rod to the steering knuckle. To do this, hold the tie rod end stud with a wrench while loosening and removing the nut with a standard wrench or crowfoot wrench.
- Remove the tie rod end from the steering knuckle using Remover, Special Tool MB991113.
- Remove the tie rod heat shield.
Remove the nut and pinch bolt clamping the ball joint stud to the steering knuckle.
CAUTIONThe strut assembly-to-steering knuckle attaching bolts are serrated and must not be turned during removal. Hold the bolts stationary in the steering knuckles while removing the nuts, then tap the bolts out using a pin punch.
Remove the 2 bolts attaching the strut to the steering knuckle.
WARNINGUse caution when separating the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle, so the ball joint seal does not get cut.
Separate the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle by prying down on lower control arm and up against the ball joint boss on the steering knuckle.
NOTEDo not allow the driveshaft to hang by the inner CV-joint; it must be supported to keep the joint from separating during this operation.
Pull the steering knuckle off the driveshaft outer CV-joint splines and remove the steering knuckle.
NOTEThe cartridge type front wheel bearing used on this vehicle is not transferable to the replacement steering knuckle. If the replacement steering knuckle does not come with a wheel bearing, a new bearing must be installed in the steering knuckle. Installation of the new wheel bearing and hub must be done before installing the steering knuckle on the vehicle.
If the wheel bearing and hub need removal. Do not reuse the wheel bearing.
- Slide the hub of the steering knuckle onto the splines on the driveshaft C/V joint.
- Install the steering knuckle onto the ball joint stud aligning the bolt hole in the knuckle boss with the notch formed in the side of the ball joint stud.
Install a new ball joint stud pinch bolt and nut. Tighten the nut to a torque of 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
CAUTIONThe strut assembly-to-steering knuckle attaching bolts are serrated and must not be turned during installation. Install the nuts while holding the bolts stationary in the steering knuckle.
- Position the lower end of the strut assembly in line with the upper end of the steering knuckle and align the mounting holes.
- Install the 2 attaching bolts. The bolts should be installed with so that the nuts face towards the front of the vehicle once installed.
- Install the nuts. Holding the bolts in place, tighten the nuts to a torque of 40 ft. lbs. (53 Nm) plus an additional 90°.
- Place the tie rod heat shield on the steering knuckle arm so that the shield is positioned straight away from the steering gear and tie rod end once installed. Align the hole in the shield with the hole in the steering knuckle arm.
- Install the outer tie rod ball stud into the hole in the steering knuckle arm.
- Start the tie rod attaching nut onto the stud. Hold the tie rod end stud with a wrench while tightening the nut with a standard wrench or crowfoot wrench. To fully tighten the nut to specifications, use a crowfoot wrench on a torque wrench to turn the nut, and a wrench on the stud.
- Tighten the nut to a torque of 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
- Install the brake rotor, disc brake caliper, and adapter.
- Clean all foreign matter from the threads of the driveshaft outer CV-joint.
- Install the hub nut in the end of the driveshaft and snug it.
- Have a helper apply the brakes. With vehicle brakes applied to keep brake rotor and hub from turning, tighten the hub nut to a torque of 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm).
- Install the spring washer, lock nut, and cotter pin on the hub nut. Wrap the cotter pin ends tightly around the lock nut.
- Install the tire and wheel assembly. Install the wheel mounting nuts and tighten them to a torque of 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Set the front toe on the vehicle to required specification.