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Front Lower Ball Joint Removal

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by navylife59, Oct 14, 2007.

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    SUSPENSION – FRONT LOWER BALL JOINT REMOVAL

    HINT:
    • Use the same procedures for the RH side and LH side.
    • The procedures listed below are for the LH side.

    1. INSPECT FRONT LOWER BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY LH
    (a) Jack up the front part of the vehicle.
    (b) Move the front suspension arm lower No. 1 up and down to check vertical looseness of the lower ball joint.

    HINT:
    Wrap a cloth around the wooden block to prevent
    damage to the bolt and nuts.

    2. REMOVE FRONT WHEEL
    3. REMOVE FRONT AXLE HUB LH NUT
    4. DISCONNECT FRONT SPEED SENSOR LH
    5. DISCONNECT TIE ROD END SUB-ASSEMBLY LH
    (a) Disconnect the tie rod end.
    6. SEPARATE FRONT NO. 1 SUSPENSION ARM SUBASSEMBLY LOWER LH
    7. REMOVE FRONT AXLE ASSEMBLY LH
    8. REMOVE FRONT LOWER BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY LH
    (a) Remove the cotter pin and the castle nuts.
    (b) Using SST, remove the lower ball joint.
    SST 09628-62011

    INSPECTION
    1. INSPECT FRONT LOWER BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY LH
    (a) Secure the lower ball joint LH with a vise.
    (b) Install the nut to the stud bolt.
    (c) Flip the stud bolt back and forth 5 times or more.
    (d) Use a torque wrench to turn the nut continuously at a rate of 3 to 5 seconds per turn. Take the torque
    reading on the fifth turn.
    Torque: Standard turning torque 5.0 N*m (51 kgf*cm, 44 in.*lbf) or less

    (e) Check the dust boots for cracks or grease leakage. If the value is not within the specified range, replace the lower ball joint with a new one.

    SUSPENSION – FRONT LOWER BALL JOINT SP–27 SP INSTALLATION
    1. INSTALL FRONT LOWER BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY LH
    (a) Install the lower ball joint LH to the steering knuckle with the castle nut.
    Torque: 103 N*m (1,050 kgf*cm, 76 ft.*lbf)

    NOTICE:
    Ensure that the thread and taper are free of oil, etc.

    (b) Install a new cotter pin to the steering knuckle.

    NOTICE:
    Further tighten the nut up to 60° if the holes for the cotter pin are not aligned.

    2. INSTALL FRONT AXLE ASSEMBLY LH
    3. INSTALL FRONT SUSPENSION NO. 1 LOWER ARM SUB-ASSEMBLY LH
    4. INSTALL TIE ROD END SUB-ASSEMBLY LH
    (a) Install the tie rod end.
    5. INSTALL FRONT SPEED SENSOR LH
    6. INSTALL FRONT AXLE HUB LH NUT
    7. INSTALL FRONT WHEEL
    Torque: 103 N*m (1,050 kgf*cm, 76 ft.*lbf)

    8. INSPECT AND ADJUST FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT
    (a) Inspect and adjust the front wheel alignment
    9. CHECK ABS SPEED SENSOR SIGNAL
    (a) Check the ABS speed sensor signal
     
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