Subaru Car 1998-05

Steering Knuckle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel.
  4.  
  5. While depressing the brake pedal, unstake and remove axle nut.
    CAUTION
    Be sure to loosen and retighten axle nut after removing the wheel from vehicle or damage to the wheel bearings may occur.

  6.  
  7. Remove the stabilizer link.
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  9. Remove the brake caliper without disconnect the brake housing. Securely hang the caliper from the strut assembly.
  10.  
  11. Remove the front axle shaft assembly from the hub. If the axle shaft is difficult to remove, use Special Tool 926470000 Puller and 927140000 Plate to assist with the removal.
  12.  
  13. Remove the brake rotor.
  14.  
  15. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut that secure the tie-rod end to the knuckle.

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    Fig. Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle-1998 Impreza shown, others similar

    Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle-1998 Impreza shown, others similar
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  17. Using a suitable puller, remove the tie rod joint from the knuckle.
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  19. Remove the ABS sensor assembly, if equipped.
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  21. Disconnect the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  23. After placing a matchmark on the camber adjusting bolt head, remove the bolts which connect the steering knuckle and strut, and disconnect the wheel knuckle from the strut.

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    Fig. Matchmark the cam adjusting bolts before removing them in order to remove the steering knuckle.

    Matchmark the cam adjusting bolts before removing them in order to remove the steering knuckle.
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To install:

  1. Install the steering knuckle to the lower ball joint.
  2.  
  3. Align the matchmarks on the cam adjusting bolts, the install the steering knuckle to the strut.
  4.  
  5. Install the ABS speed sensor assembly, if equipped.
  6.  
  7. Install the brake rotor and caliper.
  8.  
  9. Install the axle shaft.
  10.  
  11. Connect the stabilizer link.
  12.  
  13. Connect the tie rod to the steering knuckle. Tighten the bolt to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
  14.  
  15. While depressing the brake pedal, tighten a new axle nut as follows:
    1. 1998-2002: 137 ft. lbs. (186 Nm).
    2.  
    3. 2003-2004: 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm)
    4.  

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  17. After the nut is tightened, stake the nut to lock it securely.
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  19. Install the wheel and lower the vehicle.

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    Fig. Using a hammer and chisel, stake the axle nut after tightening to securely lock the nut.

    Using a hammer and chisel, stake the axle nut after tightening to securely lock the nut.
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  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel.
  4.  
  5. While depressing the brake pedal, unstake and remove axle nut.
    CAUTION
    Be sure to loosen and retighten axle nut after removing the wheel from vehicle or damage to the wheel bearings may occur.

  6.  
  7. Remove the stabilizer link.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake caliper without disconnect the brake housing. Securely hang the caliper from the strut assembly.
  10.  
  11. Remove the brake rotor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut that secure the tie-rod end to the knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Using a suitable puller, remove the tie rod joint from the knuckle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the ABS sensor assembly, if equipped. Remove the bolt that holds the sensor wiring harness to the strut.
  18.  
  19. Disconnect the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  20.  
  21. Remove the front axle shaft assembly from the hub. If the axle shaft is difficult to remove, use Special Tool 926470000 Puller and 927140000 Plate to assist with the removal.
  22.  
  23. After placing a matchmark on the camber adjusting bolt head, remove the bolts which connect the steering knuckle and strut, and disconnect the wheel knuckle from the strut.
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  25. Installation is the reverse order of assembly.
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