Toyota Celica 1994-1998 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6



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Fig. Fig. 1: Most of the front suspension must be removed to extract the lower control arm

An assistant will be needed to remove the lower control arm.

  1. Loosen the lug nuts on the side of the vehicle that the arm will be removed.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Discard the cotter pin and remove the lock cap

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the front wheel.
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  5. Unbolt and extract the engine under covers.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin and lock cap for the wheel, then while an assistant is applying the brakes, remove the nut.
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  9. Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Separate the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
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  13. Unbolt and remove the ball joint from the lower control arm.
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  15. Remove the three bolts from the lower control arm, they are two different sizes.
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  17. Support the transaxle with a jack.
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  19. Remove the 2 exhaust pipe support bracket set bolts. Pull out the grommets and remove the center crossmember set bolt.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the two grommets to access the crossmember nuts and bolts

  1. Loosen and remove the center crossmember set nuts.
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  3. Unbolt the power steering gear assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove these two bolts that retain the power steering gear assembly

  1. Support the sub-frame with a jack.
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  3. Remove both of the bolts and slightly lower the front sub-frame with the control arm attached.
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  5. Unbolt and remove the stabilizer bar brackets.
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  7. On the lower control arm, remove the collar, then unbolt and disconnect the lower control arm.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Extract the collar from the top of the arm, then remove the side bolt

To install:
  1. Attach the lower control arm to the front sub-frame.
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  3. Place the collar into place, then raise the sub-frame with control arms into place. Stabilize the assembly and tighten the control arm bolts to 116 ft. lbs. (157 Nm).
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  5. Install and attach the stabilizer bar brackets, tighten the set bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
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  7. Double check the suspension is stabilized, then secure the sub-frame with the set bolts and tighten them to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
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  9. Attach the power steering gear assembly and tighten the set bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
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  11. Install and secure the crossmember set nuts and set bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm). Next place the grommets over the set bolts and nuts.
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  13. Attach the exhaust pipe support bracket and secure. Tighten the bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
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  15. Double check all bolts for security and lower the jack supporting the sub-frame.
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  17. once the assembly is stabilized, tighten the lower control arm 3 bolts to A 123 ft. lbs. (167 Nm) and B 130 ft. lbs. (175 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 6: Tighten each lower control arm bolt to the correct specification

  1. Install and secure the lower ball joint and stabilizer bar link to the control arm.
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  3. Attach the tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
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  5. Tighten the drive shaft lock nut to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm), then place the lock cap and new cotter pin over the nut.
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  7. Place the engine under covers on the vehicle.
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  9. Install the wheel, hand-tighten the lug nuts and lower the vehicle.
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  11. Tighten the lug nuts to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm). Bounce the front end several times and test drive the vehicle.
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CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT



The lower control arm bushing is not replaceable as a separate piece. If the bushing does go bad, the complete control arm must be replaced.

 
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