Subaru Forester 1998-05

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Ball joint castle nut cotter pin, discard the cotter pin
     
    Castle nut
     
    Ball joint from the lower control arm assembly
     
    Ball joint from the steering knuckle
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Ball joint to the steering knuckle. Torque the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Ball joint to the lower control arm. Torque the castle nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Then, tighten the castle nut an additional 60 degrees until the slot in the castle nut is aligned with the cotter pin hole in the ball joint.
     
    New cotter pin
     
    Wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Front wheel
     
    Ball joint castle nut cotter pin, discard the cotter pin
     
    Castle nut
     
    Ball joint from the lower control arm assembly
     
    Ball joint from the steering knuckle
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Ball joint to the steering knuckle. Torque the bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
     
    Ball joint to the lower control arm. Torque the castle nut to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Then, tighten the castle nut an additional 60 degrees until the slot in the castle nut is aligned with the cotter pin hole in the ball joint.
     
    New cotter pin
     
    Wheel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

  2.  

 
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