Toyota Tacoma 2002-06

Upper Control Arms

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Removal & Installation



2wd
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Shock absorber from the suspension ,by removing the 2 bottom bolts and top nut
     
    Compress the coil spring, using a Spring Compressor
     
    Nut and sway bar link from the lower control arm
     
    2 sway bar bracket bolts on the side of the suspension that the lower control arm is being removed.
     

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NOTE
This will allow access to the lower control arm through-bolt.

  1. Support the steering knuckle and upper control arm.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Cotter pin and nut from the lower ball joint
     
    Lower ball joint from the lower control arm, using SST 09628-62011
     
    Nut from the lower control arm set bolt
     
    Nut from the strut bar front set bolt
     
    Lower control arm and strut bar as an assembly, pulling out the 2 bolts
     

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NOTE
When the lower control arm is removed, set the coil spring aside.



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Fig. Coil spring and lower arm-2wd

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Place the end of the coil spring in contact with the lower control arm seat
     
    Lower control arm, spring, and strut arm to the suspension.
     
    Strut arm bolt and lower control arm bolt
     
    Nuts for the strut arm bolt and lower control arm bolt; do not tighten the bolts at this time
     
    Lower control arm to the lower ball joint. Tighten the nut to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
     
    New cotter pin
     

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  3. Remove the support from the upper control arm and steering knuckle.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Sway bar bracket to the suspension. Tighten the bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
     
    Sway bar link to the lower control arm. Tighten the nut to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
     

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  7. Making sure the coil spring is in its correct position, slowly remove the spring compressor from the coil.
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  9. Install or connect the following:

    Shock absorber. Tighten the top nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) and the bottom 2 bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
     
    Wheel
     
    Stabilize the suspension by pushing up and down on the vehicle
     
    Tighten the strut bar nut/bolt to 221 ft. lbs. (300 Nm) and the lower control arm bolt/nut to 148 ft. lbs. (200 Nm).
     

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  11. Check the front wheel alignment.
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4wd
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Strut to the lower control arm nut/bolt.
     
    3 strut-to-strut tower nuts/bolts
     
    Strut
     

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  5. Compress the coil spring until there is a clearance on both ends, using SST 09727-30030
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  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Strut center nut
     
    Suspension support and coil spring
     
    Insulator from the suspension support
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Insulator to the suspension support
     

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NOTE
Match the bolt of the suspension support with the cut out part of the insulator.



Coil spring to the strut, by compressing it with a coil spring compressor
 


NOTE
Fit the lower end of the coil spring into the gap of the spring seat of the strut.



Suspension support to the strut rod
 
Temporarily tighten a new suspension support center nut
 

  1. Position the suspension support so that a line drawn between the 2 bolts would be parallel to the direction of the lower bushing.
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  3. Remove the compressor from the spring.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Tighten the strut center nut to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
     
    Strut
     
    Strut-to-strut tower. Tighten the 3 nuts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm).
     
    Strut-to-lower control arm. Tighten the nut/bolt to 101 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     

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