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Fig. 10: Identifying Wheel Sensor Bracket
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6. Remove the lock pin (A) from the upper arm ball joint, then loosen the nut (B).

Fig. 11: Identifying Lock Pin And Nut With Torque Specifications
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7. Disconnect the upper arm ball joint from the knuckle using the ball joint remover (see BALL JOINT

REMOVAL ).

8. Remove the self-locking nut (A) and the washer (C), then disconnect the stabilize link (D) from lower

arm B (see STABILIZER LINK REMOVAL/INSTALLATION ).

NOTE:

Use a new wheel sensor bracket on reassembly.

NOTE:

During installation, install the lock pin as shown after tightening a new
castle nut.

NOTE:

Use a new self-locking nut during reassembly.

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Fig. 12: Identifying Self-Locking Nut, Washer And Stabilize Link With Torque Specifications
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9. Remove the damper lower mounting bolt (A), and disconnect the damper (B) from the knuckle.

Fig. 13: Identifying Damper Lower Mounting Bolt And Damper With Torque Specifications
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10. Place a floor jack at the connecting point of lower arm B and the stabilizer link.

11. Remove the cotter pin (A) from the lower arm B ball joint, and loosen the nut (C).

NOTE:

Use a new damper lower mounting bolt during reassembly.

NOTE:

During installation, insert the new cotter pin into the ball joint pin
hole from the rear to the front of vehicle, and bend its end as shown.

Use a new nut during reassembly.

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12. Disconnect the knuckle ball joint from the lower arm B using the ball joint remover (see BALL JOINT

REMOVAL ).

13. Remove the control arm mounting nut (A) and washer (B) from the knuckle (C), then remove the

knuckle.

Fig. 15: Identifying Control Arm Mounting Nut, Washer And Knuckle With Torque Specifications
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14. Install the knuckle in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:

First install all the components and lightly tighten the bolts and nuts, then raise the suspension to
load it with the vehicle’s weight before fully tightening to the specified torque values.

Before connecting the ball joint to the knuckle and the lower arm B, degrease the threaded section
and tapered portion of the ball joint pin, the connecting hole, and the threaded section and mating

Fig. 14: Identifying Cotter Pin, Lower Arm And Nut With Torque
Specifications
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NOTE:

Use a new control arm mounting nut during reassembly.

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surface of the castle nut.

Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot when connecting the knuckle to the lower arm B and
upper arm to the knuckle.

Torque the castle nut to the lower torque specification, then tighten it only far enough to align the
slot with the ball joint pin hole. Do not align the castle nut by loosening it.

Before installing the wheel, clean the mating surfaces on the brake disc/drum and the inside of the
wheel.

Check the wheel alignment, and adjust it if necessary (see WHEEL ALIGNMENT ).

BALL JOINT BOOT REPLACEMENT

Special Tools Required

Ball joint boot clip guide, 45 mm 070AG-SJA0300

Ball joint boot clip guide, 51 mm 07MAG-SL00200

1. Remove the boot clip and the boot.

2. Pack the interior and lip (A) of a new boot with grease. Keep the grease off of the boot-to-knuckle mating

surfaces (B).

Fig. 16: Identifying Lip And Boot-To-Knuckle Mating Surfaces
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3. Wipe the grease off the tapered portion of the pin (C), and pack fresh grease into the base (D). Do not let

dirt or other foreign materials get into the boot.

4. Install the boot on the ball joint, then squeeze it gently to force out any air.

5. Adjust the depth by turning the special tool (A) until its base is just above the groove around the bottom

of the boot. Then slide the clip (B) over the tool and into position on the boot.

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