REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Rear Wheel Drive
Refer to Suspension & Steering for service and repair procedures.Front Wheel Drive
- Remove the cotter pin from the bearing locknut cap and then remove the cap. Have an assistant step on the brake pedal and then loosen the locknut.
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it with jackstands. Remove the wheel.
- Remove the brake caliper mounting nuts and then position the caliper out of the way. Pull off the brake disc.
See Figures 1 and 2
- Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end, then using a tie rod end separator tool, remove the tie rod.
- Place matchmarks on the shock absorber lower mounting bracket and the camber adjustment cam, then remove the bolts and separate the steering knuckle from the shock.
- Remove the two ball joint attaching nuts and disconnect the lower arm from the knuckle.
- Carefully grasp the axle hub and pull it out from the halfshaft.
Be sure to cover the halfshaft boot with a cloth to protect it from any damage
- Clamp the steering knuckle in a vise.
- Remove the dust deflector. Remove the nut holding the steering knuckle to the ball joint. Press the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the deflector from the hub. Use a slide hammer to remove the inner oil seal. Remove the snapring retainer with the correct tool.
- Remove the disc brake dust shield. Use a two armed puller and remove the axle hub from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the inner bearing races (inside and outside). Remove the oil seal from the knuckle.
- Position the old bearing inner race (outside) on the bearing. Use a hammer and drift to carefully knock out the bearing.
See Figure 3
- Press a new bearing into the steering knuckle.
- Use a seal driver and install a new oil seal into the knuckle.
- Install the brake dust cover. Apply grease to the oil seal lip and the bearing inner race. Press the hub into the knuckle.
Install a new snapring. Press a new seal into position. Install the remaining components and the steering knuckle in the reverse order of removal. Please note the following:
- Tighten the ball joint nut to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm) then replace the nut with a new one, and tighten to 82 ft. lbs. (111 Nm).
- Tighten the steering knuckle-to-shock absorber bolts to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm) except for diesel models on which the bolts should be tightened to 152 ft. lbs. (206 Nm).
- Make sure the vehicle is on the ground with brakes applied before attempting to tighten the locknut. Tighten the bearing locknut to 137 ft. lbs. (186 Nm) and always use a new cotter pin.