Removal & Installation
- Raise and support the vehicle.
- Remove the front tire and wheel assembly.
- If the vehicle has ABS, remove the ABS wheel speed sensor from the steering knuckle. Position the sensor to the side.
- Unstake the front wheel drive shaft nut.
- Remove the drive shaft nut from the drive axle while an assistant presses the brake pedal.
- Remove the retainers from the lower control arm and separate the control arm from the knuckle.
- Remove the brake caliper and pads.
- Remove the brake rotor.
- Loosen the nuts on the lower side of the strut assembly. Do not remove the bolts.
- Disconnect the outer tie rod from the knuckle using a suitable puller.
- Remove the 2 nuts and the 2 bolts from lower side of the strut assembly.
- Remove the steering knuckle from the strut.
Install the steering knuckle. Tighten the nuts and bolts at the lower side of the strut assembly to162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm).
NOTEDo not loosen the nut in order to insert the cotter pin.
- Position the outer tie rod and the nut onto the steering knuckle. Tighten the tie rod nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Tighten the nut up to 1 / 6 additional turn in order to insert the cotter pin.
- Install a NEW cotter pin to the tie rod ball joint stud. Bend the cotter pin ends in order to retain the nut.
- Install the front brake rotor.
- Install a NEW drive shaft nut while an assistant applies the brakes. Tighten the nut to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm).
- Stake the drive shaft nut into the slot on the wheel drive shaft.
- Install the lower control arm.
- If the vehicle has ABS, install the ABS wheel speed sensor to the knuckle.
- Install the tire and wheel assembly.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Inspect and adjust the front wheel alignment as needed.