Toyota 4Runner 2001-06

Steering Knuckle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove the front wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the shock absorber.
  4.  
  5. Remove the grease cap.
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  7. On models with ABS, remove the ABS speed sensor and wire harness clamp from the steering knuckle.
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  9. If equipped with 4WD, disconnect the halfshaft.
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  11. Remove the brake line bracket from the steering knuckle.
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  13. Remove the caliper and rotor.
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  15. Disconnect the lower ball joint.
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  17. Remove the steering knuckle with hub as follows:
    1. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the nut.
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    3. Using a special tool 09950-40011 (or equivalent), disconnect the steering knuckle.
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    5. Remove the nut and knuckle.

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      Fig. Using Special Tool 09950-40011 to disconnect the steering knuckle from the upper ball joint-2001-02 shown

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To install:

  1. Attach the steering knuckle and tighten the nut to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
  2.  
  3. Attach the lower ball joint, tighten the four mounting bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Attach the caliper and rotor.
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  7. Install the brake line bracket to the steering knuckle; tighten to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
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  9. Attach the ABS speed sensor and wire harness clamp if removed, tighten to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Connect the halfshaft if equipped with 4WD.
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  13. Install the grease cap.
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  15. Install the shock absorber.
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  17. Attach the wheel, lower the vehicle.
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  19. Tighten the lug nuts, the bleed the brake system.
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  21. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel.
  4.  
  5. On models with ABS, remove the ABS speed sensor and wire harness clamp from the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the brake line bracket from the steering knuckle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the caliper and rotor.
  10.  
  11. Using a flat-bladed drive tool and a hammer, remove the front axle hub grease cap.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the hub nut.
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  15. Remove the nut and separate the stabilizer link from the steering knuckle.
    NOTE
    If the ball joint turns together with the nut, use a hexagon (6 mm)wrench to hold the stud.

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  17. Remove the cotter pin and nut, and separate the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  19. Remove the 2 bolts and separate the lower suspension arm from the steering knuckle.
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  21. Remove the cotter pin and nut, separate the steering knuckle from the front suspension upper arm.
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  23. Remove the steering knuckle.
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To install:

  1. Install the steering knuckle into the vehicle. Attach the knuckle to the upper control arm and tighten the nut to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
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  3. Connect the knuckle to the lower control arm and tighten the two bolts to 166 ft. lbs. (225 Nm).
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  5. Connect the tie rod end to the knuckle and tighten the nuts to 67 ft. lbs. (91 Nm). Install a new cotter pin to the nut.
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  7. Install the stabilizer link to the knuckle. Hold the stud with a 6 mm hex wrench and tighten the nut to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
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  9. Install the hub nut and tighten to 173 ft. lbs. (235 Nm), install a new cotter pin and grease cap.
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  11. Install the caliper and rotor, and connect the brake line bracket to the knuckle. Tighten the bolt to 21 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
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  13. Attach the ABS speed sensor and wiring harness clamp. Tighten the clamp to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm) and sensor to 73 inch lbs. (8.3 Nm).
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  15. Attach the wheel, lower the vehicle.
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  17. Tighten the lug nuts, the bleed the brake system.
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  19. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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