Suzuki Vitara, Grand Vitara, XL7 2000-06

Lower Control Arms

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Bushing Replacement



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the control arm from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the control arm bushings with a hydraulic press.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Lubricate the control arm bushings with liquid soap.
  2.  
  3. Press the bushings into the control arm until the bushing flange contacts the housing edge of the control arm.
  4.  
  5. Install the control arm to the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the control arm from the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the control arm bushings with a hydraulic press.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Lubricate the control arm bushings with liquid soap.
  2.  
  3. Press the bushings into the control arm until the bushing flange contacts the housing edge of the control arm.
  4.  
  5. Install the control arm to the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
  8.  

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Support the vehicle at the frame with a hoist or jackstand.
  4.  
  5. Support the control arm with a floor jack.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Locking hub or drive flange, if equipped
     
    Axle shaft snapring and thrust washer, if equipped
     
    Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer bar link
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Strut bracket bolts
     

  8.  
  9. Lower the floor jack and remove the coil spring.
  10.  
  11. Remove the inner control arm bolts and remove the control arm.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Install the inner control arm bolts.
  2.  
  3. Install the coil spring onto the control arm and raise the floor jack.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Strut bracket bolts. Tighten them to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
     
    Lower ball joint. Tighten the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link. Tighten the nut to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
     
    Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
     
    Axle shaft snapring and thrust washer, if equipped
     
    Locking hub or drive flange, if equipped
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Front wheel
     

  6.  
  7. Lower the vehicle so that the front suspension is at curb height.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the front inner bolt to 62 ft. lbs. (85 Nm) and the rear inner bolt to 92 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Support the vehicle at the frame with a hoist or jackstand.
  4.  
  5. Support the control arm with a floor jack.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Locking hub or drive flange, if equipped
     
    Axle shaft snapring and thrust washer, if equipped
     
    Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
     
    Stabilizer bar link
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Strut bracket bolts
     

  8.  
  9. Lower the floor jack and remove the coil spring.
  10.  
  11. Remove the inner control arm bolts and remove the control arm.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Install the inner control arm bolts.
  2.  
  3. Install the coil spring onto the control arm and raise the floor jack.
  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    Strut bracket bolts. Tighten them to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
     
    Lower ball joint. Tighten the nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link. Tighten the nut to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
     
    Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
     
    Axle shaft snapring and thrust washer, if equipped
     
    Locking hub or drive flange, if equipped
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Front wheel
     

  6.  
  7. Lower the vehicle so that the front suspension is at curb height.
  8.  
  9. Tighten the front inner bolt to 62 ft. lbs. (85 Nm) and the rear inner bolt to 92 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
  12.  

 
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