Need to replace the lower control Arm. Is there a procedure available?
Please be mindful to carefully note the position of the old parts as you disassemble the suspension, then follow these steps to do the re-installation:
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
4. Remove and discard the tension strut-to-control arm nut, then pull off the dished washer.
When separating the control arm from the steering knuckle, do not use a hammer. Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot seal.
5. Remove and discard the control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt. Using a small prybar, spread the pinch joint slightly, then separate the control arm from the steering knuckle. A drift punch may be used to remove the bolt, but be very careful not to damage the ball joint boot seal.
Do not allow the halfshaft to move outward, or the tripod CV-joint internal parts could separate, causing failure of the joint.
6. Remove and discard the lower control arm inner pivot bolt and nut.
7. Remove the lower control arm from the frame and the tension strut.
Make sure the front washer is at the strut-to-lower control arm attachment.
8. Insert the strut into the inner bushing.
9. Position the lower control arm into the subframe bracket, using a new nut and bolt. Tighten to 73-97 ft. lbs. (98-132 Nm).
10. Assemble the lower control arm ball joint stud to the steering knuckle, making sure the ball stud groove is positioned properly. Be very careful not to damage the lower control arm seal.
11. Insert a new pinch bolt and nut, then tighten to 40-53 ft. lbs. (53-72 Nm).
12. Clean the strut threads to remove dirt and/or debris.
13. Install the dished washer, with its dished side away from the control arm bushing. Install a new nut on the strut and tighten to 73-97 ft. lbs. (98-132 Nm).
14. Install the wheel and tire assembly, tightening the lug nuts to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm), then carefully lower the vehicle.
I hope this helps.
Aug 17, 2009 |
1994 Ford Taurus