REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Remove the rear wheel bearings as outlined in the previous section.
- Remove the toe link rod at the knuckle.
- Remove the lower ball joint clamp nut and lower control arm from the knuckle. The knuckle may have to be tapped with a plastic hammer to remove the lower ball joint. Be careful not to damage the grease boot.
- Remove both through bolts holding the strut-to-knuckle and remove the knuckle.
- Position the knuckle to the ball joint and loosely install the knuckle to strut.
- Install the toe link rod-to-knuckle and torque to 30-39 ft. lbs. (40-54 Nm).
- Torque the strut attaching bolts to 133-147 ft. lbs. (180-200 Nm).
- Install the hub and bearing assembly as outlined in the previous procedure.
- Install the wheel assemblies and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
- Have a rear wheel alignment performed by a qualified alignment technician.
- Raise the vehicle and support with jackstands.
- Install halfshaft boot protectors J-33162 or equivalent.
- Remove the rear wheel assemblies.
- Remove the hub nut.
- Remove the caliper and rotor, trailing arm at knuckle, fixed adjusting link/lateral control arm through bolts and strut mounting bolts.
- Remove the hub/knuckle assembly from the drive axle.
- Install the hub/knuckle to the drive axle.
- Loosely install the strut mounting bolts with the bolt heads to the rear.
- Install the fixed adjusting link/lateral control arm through bolts and torque to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) + 90° turn.
- Install the trailing arm and torque the nut to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
- Torque the strut mounting bolts to 140 ft. lbs. (190 Nm).
- Install the brake rotor and caliper as outlined in the Rear Brake Caliper procedures in .
- Partially torque the NEW hub nut and washer to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
- Remove the halfshaft boot protectors and install the rear wheel assemblies. Torque the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Apply the final torque to the hub nut at 200 ft. lbs. (270 Nm).
This torque setting is very important to provide proper bearing load.
- Have the rear camber and toe aligned by a qualified alignment technician.