Quest 1995-1996

Wheel Hub, Steering Knuckle & Bearing

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Specific to:

Mercury Villager 1993-2000

Nissan Quest 1993-2000



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Fig. Hub and related components-1993-96 vehicles



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Fig. Hub and related components-1997-00 vehicles

Removal & Installation




NOTE
Be sure that new strut-to-steering knuckle nuts, ball joint cotter pin, hub nut cotter pin, outer tie rod end cotter pin are available. These parts lose their torque holding/retention capabilities during removal and must not be reused.

  1. Remove the front wheel cover.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the front wheel lug nuts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hub nut cotter pin and discard it. Remove the hub nut retainer, if applicable, and loosen the hub nut.

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    Fig. Loosen the hub nut before raising the vehicle

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  7. Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  8.  
  9. Remove the front wheel.
  10.  
  11. Remove the hub nut and washer.
  12.  
  13. Remove the brake caliper. DO NOT disconnect the brake hose. Please refer to Brakes, Disc Brakes, Brake Caliper, Removal and Installation for the procedure. Support the caliper on a piece of wire from a nearby support such as the strut.
  14.  
  15. Remove the brake rotor.
  16.  
  17. Remove the front anti-lock brake (ABS) sensor bolt and position the sensor out of the way.
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  19. Remove the cotter pin and the castellated nut from the outer tie rod end. Discard the cotter pin.
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  21. Separate the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle using an appropriate tie rod end remover.
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  23. Remove the lower ball joint cotter pin and discard it.
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  25. Loosen the lower ball joint nut until it contacts the outboard CV-joint.
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  27. While pulling down on the lower control arm, strike the steering knuckle where the ball joint stud is with a brass or other soft hammer until the ball joint separates from the knuckle.
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  29. Remove the lower ball joint nut.
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  31. Using a suitable prybar, carefully pry the lower control arm down and separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
    WARNING
    Never use a hammer to separate the outboard CV-joint shaft from the hub. Damage to the CV-joint threads and internal components may result.

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  33. Remove the CV-joint shaft from the hub assembly. If necessary, a suitable puller may be used to aid in the removal of the halfshaft from the hub assembly.
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  35. Remove the two strut-to-steering knuckle bolts and nuts and discard the nuts. Disengage the strut from the steering knuckle.
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  37. Remove the front wheel hub, knuckle, and bearing assembly from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Position the wheel hub, knuckle, and bearing assembly on the outboard CV-joint shaft.
  2.  
  3. Guide the knuckle into the front strut and install the two knuckle-to-strut bolts. Install new nuts and tighten them to 94-109 ft. lbs. (127-147 Nm).
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  5. Place the outer tie rod end stud into the steering knuckle.
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  7. Install the castellated nut onto the outer tie rod end stud and tighten it to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until a new cotter pin can be inserted through the hole in the stud. Install a new cotter pin.
  8.  
  9. Install the lower ball joint in the knuckle and tighten the nut to 52-64 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm). Continue to tighten the nut until a new cotter pin can be inserted through the hole in the stud. Install a new cotter pin.
  10.  
  11. Install the front wheel hub washer and nut. Tighten the nut until it is snug.
  12.  
  13. Install the ABS sensor and tighten the bolt to 16-21 inch lbs. (1.8- 2.4 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the front brake rotor and install the disc brake caliper. Tighten the caliper bolts to 18-25 ft. lbs. (24-34 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Install the wheel and tighten the lug nuts until they are snug.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
  20.  
  21. Tighten the lug nuts to 72-87 ft. lbs. (98-118 Nm).
  22.  
  23. Tighten the hub nut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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  25. Pump the brake pedal slowly to seat the front brake pads. Do not move the vehicle until a firm pedal is obtained.
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  27. A front end alignment is recommended.
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