Vibe 2006-2007

Knuckles

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Removal & Installation



Tools Required



J 6627-A Tie Rod Puller
 
J 24319-B Steering Linkage and Tie Rod Puller
 

You may remove the following components as an assembly:



The steering knuckle
 
The lower ball joint
 
The front hub
 
The wheel studs
 
The front wheel bearing
 
The disc brake shield
 

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front tire and wheel assembly.
  4.  
  5. If the vehicle has ABS, remove the ABS wheel speed sensor from the steering knuckle. Position the sensor to the side.
  6.  
  7. Unstake the front wheel drive shaft nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the drive shaft nut from the drive axle while an assistant presses the brake pedal.

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    Fig. Remove the 2 nuts (1, 2) and the bolt (3) from the lower control arm

  10.  
  11. Remove the 2 nuts (1, 2) and the bolt (3) from the lower control arm.
  12.  
  13. Remove the brake rotor.
  14.  
  15. Loosen the nuts on the lower side of the strut assembly. Do not remove the bolts.

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    Fig. Outer tie rod nut (1) and cotter pin (2)

  16.  
  17. Remove the outer tie rod cotter pin (2).
  18.  
  19. Remove the outer tie rod nut (1).
  20.  
  21. Use the J 6627-A , or equivalent, in order to disconnect the outer tie rod from the knuckle.
  22.  
  23. Remove the 2 nuts and the 2 bolts from lower side of the strut assembly.
  24.  
  25. Remove the steering knuckle from the strut.
    NOTE
    If you are replacing the steering knuckle, continue with this procedure.

  26.  
  27. Remove the front wheel bearing and the disc brake shield.

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    Fig. Exploded view of components

  28.  
  29. Remove the steering knuckle cotter pin (5) and the ball stud nut (4).
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  31. Use the J 24319-B , or equivalent, in order to remove the ball joint (3) from the steering knuckle.
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To install:


NOTE
Do not loosen the nut in order to insert the cotter pin.

  1. Install the ball joint (3) and the nut (4) to the steering knuckle (2). Tighten the nut to 103 Nm (76.0 lb ft). Tighten the nut up to 1 / 6 additional turn in order to insert the cotter pin.
  2.  
  3. Install a NEW cotter pin (5) to the ball joint stud. Bend the cotter pin ends in order to retain the nut.
  4.  
  5. Install the front wheel bearing and the disc brake shield to the steering knuckle.
    NOTE
    Do not tighten the nuts or the bolts.

  6.  
  7. Install the following components to the lower side of the strut assembly:
    NOTE
    Do not loosen the nut in order to insert the cotter pin.



    The steering knuckle
     
    The 2 bolts
     
    The 2 nuts
     

  8.  
  9. Install the outer tie rod and the nut to the steering knuckle. Tighten the outer tie rod nut to 49 Nm (36 lb ft). Tighten the nut up to 1 / 6 additional turn in order to insert the cotter pin.
  10.  
  11. Install a NEW cotter pin to the tie rod ball joint stud. Bend the cotter pin ends in order to retain the nut.
  12.  
  13. Install the front brake rotor.
  14.  
  15. Install a NEW drive shaft nut while an assistant applies the brakes. Tighten the nut to 159 ft. lbs. (216 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Stake the drive shaft nut into the slot on the wheel drive shaft.
  18.  
  19. Install the bolt (3) and the 2 nuts (1, 2) to the control arm. Tighten the bolt and the 2 nuts to 89 Nm (65.6 lb ft).
  20.  
  21. Tighten the nuts and the bolts on the lower side of the strut assembly. Tighten the nuts and bolts to 220 Nm (162.3 lb ft).
  22.  
  23. If the vehicle has ABS, install the ABS wheel speed sensor to the knuckle.
  24.  
  25. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  26.  
  27. Lower the vehicle.
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  29. Measure the front wheel alignment. Adjust as necessary.
    1. Perform the following steps in order to measure the front and rear alignment angles:
      NOTE
       When performing adjustments to vehicles requiring a 4-wheel alignment, set the rear wheel alignment angles first in order to obtain proper front alignment angles.



      Install the alignment equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions.
       
      Jounce the front and the rear bumpers 3 times prior to checking the wheel alignment.
       
      Measure the alignment angles and record the readings.
       



      Adjust alignment angles to vehicle specification, if necessary. Refer to Wheel Alignment Specifications.
       

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