Toyota Previa 1991-1997 Repair Information

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 8



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Fig. Fig. 1: Using a torque gauge, turn the nut continuously one turn per 2-4 seconds



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the cotter pin from the lower part of the ball joint



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Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen but do not remove the lower nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Place a ball joint remover between the lower control arm (2) and ball joint (1)

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the front wheels.
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Fig. Fig. 5: View of the common front suspension lower control arms and related components

  1. Remove the engine under covers.
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  3. Remove the 2 bolts and disconnect the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  5. Remobve the 2 bolts and lower control arm bracket. Loosen and remove the nut then extract the arm shaft. Lower the control arm with ball joint attached from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the lower control arm bracket retaining bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then remove the bracket from the control arm



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the arm shaft with two wrenches, use one to hold and another to remove the nut

To install:
  1. Postion the lower control arm with ball joint into the vehicle. Install the nut and arm shaft. Do not completely tighten the nut yet.
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  3. Install the arm bracket and install the bolts. do not tighten them at this time.
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  5. Attach the lower ball joint to the steering knuckle. Tighten the bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
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  7. Install the wheels, hand-tighten the lug nuts and lower the vehicle.
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  9. Bounce the vehicle to stabilize the suspension.
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  11. Raise the vehicle slightly and tighten the arm shaft nut to 121 ft. lbs. (164 Nm). and the suspension bracket bolts to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm).
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  13. Lower the vehicle again and tighten the lug nuts to specification.
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  15. Check the front end alignment.
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CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT



See Figure 9

  1. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle.
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  3. To remove the rear bushing, loosen the nut.
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  5. Force out the bushing and washer.
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To install:
  1. Insert a bushing and position the washer as shown.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Place the washer into position and secure the bushing with the nut

  1. Install the nut and tighten it so that the flat surface of the rear bushing is level with the upper surface of the lower control arm.
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  3. Tigthen the nut to 80 ft. lbs. (109 Nm).
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  5. Install the lower control arm.
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