Steering knuckle — removal and installation

1. Loosen the wheel lug nuts, raise the vehicle and support it securely on jack stands. Remove the wheel.

2. If you’re working on a 4WD model, remove the drive axle/hub nut (see Transfer case). Brace a large prybar across two of the wheel studs or insert a large screwdriver through the center of the brake caliper and into the disc cooling vanes to prevent the hub from turning as the nut is loosened.

Warning: On models equipped with a torsion bar suspension, support the lower control arm with a floor jack. Raise the jack slightly. The jack must remain in this position throughout the entire procedure.

3. Remove the brake caliper and brake disc (see Brakes). Hang the caliper out of the way on a piece of wire (don’t disconnect the brake hose).

4. Remove the hub and bearing assembly (see Hub and bearing assembly (front) — removal and installlation).

5. Remove the disc splash shield from the steering knuckle.

6. Unbolt the brake hose bracket from the top of the steering knuckle.

7. Disconnect the tie-rod end from the steering knuckle (see Tie-rod ends — removal and installation).

8. Disconnect the upper and lower arms from the steering knuckle (see Upper control arm — removal and installation and Lower control arm — removal and installation).

9. Remove the steering knuckle.

10. Installation is the reverse of removal. Be sure to tighten all the components that were removed to their proper torque specifications.

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