REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
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On models equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) or "air bag,'' work must NOT be started until at least 90 seconds have passed from the time that both the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative cable is disconnected from the battery.
The suspension on any vehicle is assembled with high grade, hardened fasteners. NEVER substitute a fastener of inferior load rating when assembling a suspension component!
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the wheel, then remove the cotter pin, lock cap and hub nut.
- Remove the brake caliper and disc. Refer to the procedures outlined in this repair guide.
- Remove the tie rod end cotter pin and nut. Separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle using a suitable puller.
- Matchmark the position of the strut lower attaching bracket and the steering knuckle.
- Disconnect the lower control arm from the steering knuckle. This is usually accomplished by removing the lower ball joint attaching nuts/bolts.
- Remove the nuts/bolts attaching the steering knuckle to the strut lower attaching bracket.
- Separate the steering knuckle/hub assembly from the halfshaft. On wagons and 1984-86 sedans, use SST 09950-20016 or its equivalent. On other models, tap the driveshaft with a soft-faced hammer.
- Install the steering knuckle to the halfshaft. Thread the hub nut onto the shaft to hold the assembly. Be careful not to damage the halfshaft boot and the oil seal lip.
- Install the lower ball joint attaching nuts/bolts. Do not torque them at this time.
- Connect the steering knuckle to the strut lower attaching bracket. Refer to the strut procedures outlined in this section.
- Torque the lower ball joint attaching nuts/bolts. Refer to the appropriate procedure outlined in this section.
- Connect the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Torque the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
- Install the brake disc and caliper.
- Install the hub nut, lock cap and cotter pin. Refer to the halfshaft procedures outlined in this repair guide.
- Lower the vehicle and check for proper operation. Have the alignment checked by a reputable shop.