1994 Chrysler Le Baron spindles and hubs

Tiny
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  • 1994 CHRYSLER LE BARON
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
Is it hard to fix or replace the spindle and hub and what do I need exactly to get the job done
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Thursday, February 26th, 2009 AT 6:32 PM

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SPINDLE REPLACEMENT:
REMOVAL:
Remove the cotter pin, nut lock and spring washer from the threaded outer end of the front axle.
The car should be resting on the floor with brakes applied. Loosen the hub nut and lug nuts.
Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the front wheel(s).
Remove the hub nut.
Remove the bolts and washers attaching the brake caliper to the steering knuckle. Slide the caliper off the knuckle and support it (with strong wire or cord) in a position that will not put excessive pressure on the brake hose.
Slide the rotor off the wheel studs.
Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod stud. Press the tie rod end off the steering arm with an appropriate tool (C-3894 or equivalent).
Disconnect the brake hose retainer from the strut damper. Then, remove the pinch bolt which secures the ball joint stud in the steering knuckle.
Remove the outer sway bar mounting brackets and rotate the sway bar down and out of the way.
Push the lower control arm down to remove the ball joint stud from the bottom of the steering knuckle.
Pull the steering knuckle assembly out and away from the driveshaft.
Care must be taken not to separate the inner CV-joint during this operation. Do not allow the driveshaft to hang by the inner CV-joint; the driveshaft must be supported.

Remove the steering knuckle-to-strut damper attaching bolt and cam bolt.
Note the location of the cam bolt, it must be installed in the same location and position when the steering knuckle is installed back onto the strut damper.

INSTALLATION:
WARNING
The knuckle and bearing mounting surfaces must be smooth and completely free of foreign material or nicks.
Install the hub and bearing assembly into the steering knuckle, if removed. Install the 4 hub and bearing assembly-to-steering knuckle attaching bolts and tighten them in a crisscross sequence to 45 ft. Lbs. (65 Nm).
Position a new seal in the recess on the back of the steering knuckle. Assemble the Installer Tool (C-4698 or equivalent), then install the seal into the steering knuckle until it is fully seated in the recess. Inspect the wear sleeve on the CV-joint housing and replace it if necessary.
Install the knuckle back on the strut damper. Install the strut damper-to-steering knuckle attaching bolt, cam bolt, washer plate and nuts. Tighten the bolts to 75 ft. Lbs. (100 Nm) plus an additional 1/4 turn. Be sure that the cam bolt is installed in the same position it was removed from.
Lubricate the full circumference of the seal (and wear sleeve) with Mopar Multi-Purpose Lubricant or equivalent.
Slide the driveshaft back into the hub and bearing assembly and install the steering knuckle onto the ball joint stud.
Install the original (or equivalent) steering knuckle-to-ball joint stud, pinch bolt and nut. Tighten the pinch bolt to 105 ft. Lbs. (145 Nm) for 1992-95 vehicles and to 70 ft. Lbs. (95 Nm) for 1988-91 models.
Install the tie rod end into the arm of the steering knuckle. Install the tie rod end-to-steering knuckle attaching nut, then tighten to 35 ft. Lbs. (47 Nm). Install a new cotter pin into the tie rod end.
Install the brake disc over the wheel studs. Then, install the brake caliper over the disc. Position the caliper adapter over the steering knuckle. Install the caliper adapter-to-steering knuckle attaching bolts and tighten them to 160 ft. Lbs. (217 Nm).
Attach the brake hose retainer to the strut damper and tighten its mounting screw to 10 ft. Lbs. (14 Nm).
Clean the axle threads, then install the washer and axle hub nut.
While having an assistant sit in the vehicle and apply the brakes, tighten the axle hub nut to 180 ft. Lbs. (244 Nm). Install the spring washer, nut lock, and a new cotter pin (the nut lock has a slot in the outer edge which must line up with the hole through the end of the driveshaft). Finally, wrap the two ends of the cotter pin tightly around the end of the nut lock.
Install the wheel lug nuts as tight as possible with the vehicle still off of the ground.
Lower the vehicle until some of its weight is resting on the tires, then tighten the lug nuts to 95 ft. Lbs. (129 Nm).

HUB REPLACEMENT:
REMOVAL:
The 1989-90 Chrysler vehicles were equipped with a either one of two possible hub and bearing assemblies: a pressed-in hub and bearing assembly or a bolt-in hub and bearing assembly. All of the 1991-95 Chrysler vehicles covered in this information use the bolt-in hub and bearing assembly. Both the press-in and bolt-in hub and bearing assemblies are replaced as a unit; disassembly of the hub is not recommended or necessary.

The Unit III Front Hub and Bearing is used on all 1991-95 and some 1988-90 front wheel drive Chrysler vehicles. All hub and bearing assemblies mount to the steering knuckle in the same fashion, but vary by the wheel size on the vehicle. Vehicles equipped with 14 in. Wheels have a 4 in. (10.2cm) wheel mounting stud pattern. Vehicles equipped with 15 in. Wheels have a 41/2 in. (11.4cm) wheel mounting stud pattern. If the hub and bearing assembly is to be replaced with a new one, be sure that the replacement assembly has the same size wheel mounting stud pattern as the original assembly.

These units are serviced only as a complete assembly. It is mounted to the steering knuckle by four mounting bolts that are removed from the rear of the steering knuckle.

Remove the cotter pin, nut lock and spring washer from the threaded outer end of the front axle.
The car should be resting on the floor with brakes applied. Loosen the hub nut and lug nuts.
Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the front wheel(s).
Remove the hub nut.
Remove the bolts and washers attaching the brake caliper to the steering knuckle. Slide the caliper off the knuckle and support it (with strong wire or cord) in a position that will not put excessive pressure on the brake hose.
Slide the rotor off the wheel studs.
Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod stud. Press the tie rod end off the steering arm with an appropriate tool (C-3894 or equivalent).
Disconnect the brake hose retainer from the strut damper. Then, remove the pinch bolt which secures the ball joint stud in the steering knuckle.
Remove the outer sway bar mounting brackets and rotate the sway bar down and out of the way.
Push the lower control arm down to remove the ball joint stud from the bottom of the steering knuckle.
Pull the steering knuckle assembly out and away from the driveshaft.
Care must be taken not to separate the inner CV-joint during this operation. Do not allow the driveshaft to hang by the inner CV-joint; the driveshaft must be supported.

Remove the 4 hub and bearing assembly mounting bolts from the rear of the steering knuckle.
Remove the hub and bearing assembly from the steering knuckle. Be careful, the hub will simply fall out of the knuckle once the bolts have been removed.
Replacement of the grease seal is recommended whenever this service is performed.

INSTALLATION:
WARNING
The knuckle and bearing mounting surfaces must be smooth and completely free of foreign material or nicks.
Install the new hub and bearing assembly into the steering knuckle, if removed. Install the 4 hub and bearing assembly-to-steering knuckle attaching bolts and tighten them in a crisscross sequence to 45 ft. Lbs. (65 Nm).
Position a new seal in the recess on the back of the steering knuckle. Assemble the Installer Tool (C-4698 or equivalent), then install the seal into the steering knuckle until it is fully seated in the recess. Inspect the wear sleeve on the CV-joint housing and replace it if necessary.
WARNING
During any required service procedures that require the steering knuckle and driveshaft to be separated, both the seal and wear sleeve must be thoroughly cleaned and relubricated.
Lubricate the full circumference of the seal (and wear sleeve) with Mopar Multi-Purpose Lubricant or equivalent.
Slide the driveshaft back into the hub and bearing assembly and install the steering knuckle onto the ball joint stud.
Install the original (or equivalent) steering knuckle-to-ball joint stud, pinch bolt and nut. Tighten the pinch bolt to 105 ft. Lbs. (145 Nm) for 1992-95 vehicles and to 70 ft. Lbs. (95 Nm) for 1988-91 models.
Install the tie rod end into the arm of the steering knuckle. Install the tie rod end-to-steering knuckle attaching nut, then tighten to 35 ft. Lbs. (47 Nm). Install a new cotter pin into the tie rod end.
Install the brake disc over the wheel studs. Then, install the brake caliper over the disc. Position the caliper adapter over the steering knuckle. Install the caliper adapter-to-steering knuckle attaching bolts and tighten them to 160 ft. Lbs. (217 Nm).
Attach the brake hose retainer to the strut damper and tighten its mounting screw to 10 ft. Lbs. (14 Nm).
Clean the axle threads, then install the washer and axle hub nut.
While having an assistant sit in the vehicle and apply the brakes, tighten the axle hub nut to 180 ft. Lbs. (244 Nm). Install the spring washer, nut lock, and a new cotter pin (the nut lock has a slot in the outer edge which must line up with the hole through the end of the driveshaft). Finally, wrap the two ends of the cotter pin tightly around the end of the nut lock.
Install the wheel lug nuts as tight as possible with the vehicle still off of the ground.
Lower the vehicle until some of its weight is resting on the tires, then tighten the lug nuts to 95 ft. Lbs. (129 Nm).

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