Sentra 1997

Lower Control Arms


Bushing Replacement

Specific to:

Nissan Altima 1999-2006

Nissan Sentra 1997-2006

The bushing is an integral part of the lower control arm. If the bushing is defective the control arm must be replaced.

Removal & Installation

Specific to:

Nissan Sentra 1997-2006

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Fig. 1997-99 Sentra front suspension

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    DO NOT allow the disc brake caliper to hang from the brake hose. Support the disc caliper with safety wire.

    Front wheels
    Disc brake caliper from the steering knuckle

    Cotter pin and loosen the wheel bearing locknut
    Cotter pin and the castle nut from the tie rod ball joint. Separate the tie rod with a suitable puller.
    2 bolts that secure the lower portion of the strut to the steering knuckle

  5. Using a plastic or rubber mallet, tap on the loosened wheel bearing locknut to loosen the halfshaft in the knuckle. Remove the locknut and remove the halfshaft from the steering knuckle. Be sure to cover the CV-joints with a shop rag.
    Support the halfshaft assembly with wire. Do not allow the halfshaft to hang by the inner joint.

    Nut that secures the stabilizer link to the lower control arm
    Link from the control arm. Note the positioning of the washers and spacers for reassembly.
    Cotter pin and castle nut from the lower ball joint
    Lower ball joint from the knuckle
    Knuckle from the vehicle
    Mounting nuts/bolts that secure the lower control arm to the frame
    Control arm from the vehicle


To install:

Final tightening of all suspension components should take place with the weight of the vehicle on the wheels.

  1. Install the lower control arm assembly and torque mounting bolts/nuts as follows:
    1. Through bolt and nut: 76-90 ft. lbs. (103-123 Nm).
    3. 2 saddle bracket mounting bolts: 58-72 ft. lbs. (78-98 Nm).

  3. Install or connect the following:

    Steering knuckle to the lower ball joint and torque the castle nut to 43-54 ft. lbs. (59-74 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
    Stabilizer link to the lower control arm and torque the nut to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-22 Nm)
    Halfshaft through the wheel bearing
    Wheel bearing locknut. Do not torque the locknut at this time.
    Steering knuckle to the strut and torque the bolts to 68-82 ft. lbs. (92-111 Nm)
    Tie rod end and torque the castle nut to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
    Disc brake caliper to the steering knuckle

  5. Tighten the halfshaft mounting nut (hub nut) and torque the nut to 145-202 ft. lbs. (196-274 Nm). It may be necessary to have an assistant hold the brake pedal while tightening the locknut. Install the adjusting cap and a new cotter pin.
  7. Install the front wheels, lower the vehicle and perform a front end alignment.