With the weight of the vehicle resting on the road wheels, grasp the special fitting cap on the bottom of the ball joint and with no mechanical assistance or added force, attempt to rotate the grease fitting. If the ball joint is worn, the grease fitting will rotate easily. If movement is noted, replacement of the control arm is recommended. REMOVAL - LOWER CONTROL ARM 1. Raise vehicle. 2. Remove wheel and tire assembly. 3. Remove the steering knuckle. (Refer to KNUCKLE - REMOVAL ). 4. Remove the bolts fastening the power steering cooler to the front suspension cradle crossmember reinforcement ( Fig. 27 ). Fig. 27: Removing Power Steering Cooler Courtesy of DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORP. 5. Remove the lower control arm rear bushing retainer bolts located on each side of each lower control arm rear bushing. Fig. 28: Removing Cradle Crossmember Reinforcement Attachment Courtesy of DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORP. 6. Remove the bolts attaching the cradle crossmember reinforcement to the front suspension cradle crossmember ( Fig. 28 ). Remove the 2 bolts fastening the reinforcement and rear of cradle crossmember to the body of the vehicle. Remove the reinforcement. 7. Remove the pivot bolt attaching the front bushing of the lower control arm to the front suspension cradle crossmember. NOTE: The bolts fastening the cradle crossmember reinforcement are of three different thread sizes. Note the location of the various sizes.
Friday, August 28th, 2009 AT 8:35 PM