There is no adjustment for the front or rear wheel bearings due to the nature of their design. These bearings are permanently lubricated and require no periodic maintenance.
Removal & Installation
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
CAUTIONDiscard the wheel hub retainer. It is a torque prevailing design and cannot be reused. If loosened, the retainer must be removed and a new one installed.
NOTEMake sure the steering wheel is in the unlocked position.
- Remove the hub cap or wheel cover, the wheel hub retainer, and the washer. Discard the retainer.
Remove the front brake rotor.
Remove and discard the tie rod cotter pin and nut.
CAUTIONDo not damage the tie-rod end boot when installing the removal tool 211-001.
NOTERemove the adapter from the ball end of the removal tool. Apply a small amount of grease to the tie-rod end stud and the ball of the special tool.
- Remove and discard the tie rod cotter pin and nut.
Using the removal tools illustrated, disconnect the tie-rod end.
- Remove the bolt and detach the ABS sensor, if equipped. Unclip the ABS sensor wire retainer and position the sensor out of the way.
- Remove and discard the strut to knuckle nut.
- Remove and discard the ball joint nut.
Using the tools illustrated, disconnect the ball joint from the lower arm.
Using a pry bar, push the lower arm down until the ball joint is free of the arm.
CAUTIONDo not allow the halfshaft to move outboard. Over-extension of the tripod CV joint can result in separation of internal parts, causing failure of the halfshaft.
NOTEHold the threaded rod while turning the nut.
Using the tools illustrated, press the halfshaft from the wheel bearing and hub. Wire the halfshaft in a level position.
Remove the flag bolt and the steering knuckle.
CAUTIONThe wheel bearing and hub is not pressed into the knuckle. Do not use a slide hammer or strike the inner race of the bearing. Damage to the bearing can result.
NOTEIf necessary, lubricate the knuckle and bearing with a rust inhibitor.
Remove the bolts and the wheel hub and bearing. Discard the bolts.
CAUTIONThe knuckle bore must be clean enough to allow the wheel bearing and hub to seat completely by hand. Do not press or draw the wheel hub and bearing into place.
- Clean and inspect the knuckle bearing bore. If the knuckle is cracked, install a new knuckle.
- Lubricate the knuckle bearing bore with anti-seize lubricant
- Install the wheel bearing and hub and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
- Position the knuckle on the strut and install the flag bolt.
- Using the tools used during removal, press the halfshaft into the wheel bearing and hub.
- Using a pry bar, push the lower arm down until the ball joint can be installed.
- Install a new nut and tighten to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
- Install a new strut to knuckle nut and tighten to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
Install the ABS sensor wire retainer and sensor, if equipped.
NOTEMake sure the ABS sensor mounting hole does not have debris or corrosion build up, or false ABS activation can occur.
NOTEIf the hole in the tie-rod end does not line up with the slots in the nut, continue tightening the nut. Do not loosen the nut to align the slots in the nut with the hole in the outer tie-rod end.
- Connect the tie-rod end to the knuckle and install a new nut and cotter pin. Tighten the nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
Install the brake rotor.
CAUTIONThe front axle wheel hub retainer must be tightened to specification immediately during installation. If the retainer is not tightened immediately, the nylon lock will set incorrectly, leading to incorrect torque readings and bearing failure. Any front wheel hub retainer that is not immediately tightened to specification or is loosened must be removed and a new retainer installed.
- Install the washer, the wheel hub retainer, tighten to 184 ft. lbs. (250 Nm). Install the hub cap or wheel cover.