Removal & Installation
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
CAUTIONSuspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital components and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. A new part with the same part number, or an equivalent part, must be installed if installation is necessary. Do not use a new part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified to make sure of correct retention of these parts.
- Remove the hub cap or wheel cover.
- Measure the distance from the center of the hub to the lip of the fender with the vehicle in a level, static ground position (curb height).
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Position a jack stand under the lower control arm and raise the suspension slightly.
- Remove the bolt and detach the shock absorber. Discard the bolt.
- Remove the ball joint stud nut. Discard the nut.
Using the tools illustrated, separate the upper control arm from the ball joint.
- Remove and discard the two flag nuts and bolts.
- Remove the upper control arm.
- Position the upper control arm and install two new bolts and flag nut but do not tighten the bolts at this time.
- Attach the upper control arm and install a new nut. Tighten the nut to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
- Using a jack stand, raise the suspension until the distance between the center of the hub and the lip of the fender is equal to the measurement taken in the removal procedure (curb height).
- Tighten the two upper bolts to 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm).
- Attach the shock absorber. Install a new bolt and tighten to 59 ft. lbs. 80 Nm).
- Lower the suspension and remove the jack stand.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Check and adjust the wheel alignment as necessary