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How to Install a COMPLETELY New Front Suspension in your Car or Truck
1 00:00:00,39 --> 00:00:06,479 Hey guys chrisfix here and today I'm going to show you how to install a brand new front suspension in your car or truck 2 00:00:06,490 --> 00:00:14,340 So we're gonna go from this old worn-out two hundred thousand mile rusted suspension to this a completely brand new front suspension 3 00:00:15,799 --> 00:00:21,89 Every part is brand new and the best part is we're doing this at home on jack stands. We're not using a lift 4 00:00:21,90 --> 00:00:24,999 We're not doing anything fancy. We're using all common hand tools 5 00:00:24,130 --> 00:00:28,320 The only tool that isn't common is gonna be the bearing and ball joint. Press don't worry 6 00:00:28,320 --> 00:00:31,510 You can rent these from your local parts store for free 7 00:00:31,510 --> 00:00:31,869 and if not 8 00:00:31,869 --> 00:00:35,429 You could get it pressed out at a shop real quick and easy now to give you an idea of what we'll be doing 9 00:00:35,430 --> 00:00:38,339 I told you we're literally doing the entire front 10 00:00:38,500 --> 00:00:39,70 suspension 11 00:00:39,70 --> 00:00:46,230 Every nut and bolt that I'm gonna install I will cover how to install it properly from snap rings to cotter pins torquing them down 12 00:00:46,230 --> 00:00:50,980 Using the right thread Locker. We're gonna do the lower control arm the upper control arm 13 00:00:50,980 --> 00:00:53,70 I'm gonna show you how to press in a bearing and a ball joint into the knuckle 14 00:00:53,70 --> 00:00:59,980 I'm gonna show you how to install the hub a new strut tie rods the proper way to install this with the retaining clip for 15 00:00:59,980 --> 00:01:02,430 Safety also how to measure this so that you could get a relatively accurate alignment 16 00:01:03,649 --> 00:01:09,639 We're doing the brakes and an axle so everything and if you missed the first video where I remove all the old 17 00:01:09,920 --> 00:01:14,559 Rusted suspension pieces go check that out that's linked in the description in that video 18 00:01:14,560 --> 00:01:18,210 I show you some tricks on getting stubborn bolts out and I show you how to hammer out that old ball joint 19 00:01:18,210 --> 00:01:24,699 Which is stuck in there pretty good and the old bearing which is also stuck in there pretty good and at the end of that 20 00:01:24,700 --> 00:01:29,829 Video we were waiting for some paint to dry and now 24 hours later. That paint is completely dry 21 00:01:29,110 --> 00:01:34,470 so we're ready to get started and install our new suspension starting with pressing in the new ball joint and 22 00:01:35,600 --> 00:01:38,430 Bearing now a very simple but helpful trick the day before that, you know 23 00:01:38,430 --> 00:01:42,819 You're gonna be doing this job put your bearing and your ball joint in the freezer 24 00:01:42,820 --> 00:01:46,79 I couldn't put mine in the freezer. I'd get in trouble for doing that. So instead I made a little ice bath here 25 00:01:46,79 --> 00:01:48,239 So the bearing and ball joint are in here 26 00:01:48,240 --> 00:01:53,979 I'm gonna keep the bearing in there because we'll do that next but the ball joint is here and I can feel it is freezing 27 00:01:53,79 --> 00:01:56,159 Cold and the whole point to doing this is when metal is cold it shrinks 28 00:01:56,320 --> 00:01:59,279 So it'll make it a lot easier to press into the warmer knuckle 29 00:01:59,280 --> 00:02:02,559 So let me show you how to press the ball joint now 30 00:02:02,560 --> 00:02:07,960 The ball joint is gonna get pressed in the opposite way. We removed it except instead of hammering. We're gonna actually press it 31 00:02:07,30 --> 00:02:10,720 You just have to slide the ball joint in just like that 32 00:02:10,720 --> 00:02:13,470 And then we just need to press it into the knuckle now to press it into the knuckle 33 00:02:14,660 --> 00:02:15,900 we're gonna be using our 34 00:02:15,900 --> 00:02:19,90 Rented ball joint press and before we go and use this press even though this is rented 35 00:02:19,90 --> 00:02:21,219 We want to make sure that we take care of it so we don't break it 36 00:02:21,220 --> 00:02:24,590 And so the next user could use it without any issues 37 00:02:24,590 --> 00:02:27,979 So what you want to do is you want to get some grease I have high temperature grease here 38 00:02:27,980 --> 00:02:33,399 but any grease will do just get a bunch out like that and we're gonna grease the threads we want to lubricate the threads that's 39 00:02:33,400 --> 00:02:34,450 very important 40 00:02:34,450 --> 00:02:40,939 So just get the grease on there like that and then run it around a few times so that you could spread the grease out 41 00:02:40,70 --> 00:02:44,379 You don't know how many times I rent a tool and the threads are completely dry like this one 42 00:02:44,380 --> 00:02:49,450 which isn't a brand new tool so lubricate the threads that way we don't strip them out when we press the ball joint in and 43 00:02:49,450 --> 00:02:50,50 There you go 44 00:02:50,50 --> 00:02:55,29 You can see how evenly lubricated the threads are and this tool is ready to press in the ball joint 45 00:02:55,30 --> 00:03:00,70 And before we go and press the ball joint in I always like to double-check make sure that the same size so you can see 46 00:03:00,70 --> 00:03:04,419 The collar right up there meets up and then where that snap ring goes also meets up 47 00:03:04,420 --> 00:03:09,10 So these are the same exact size good now to press this ball joint in you want this to be? 48 00:03:09,140 --> 00:03:11,690 Completely dried don't lubricate it 49 00:03:11,690 --> 00:03:15,589 You just wanted to make sure that you cleaned it and smooth that we already did that with the 400 grit sandpaper 50 00:03:15,900 --> 00:03:18,679 Then we could add our ball joint right in there 51 00:03:18,720 --> 00:03:20,520 Press it in as far as you can by hand 52 00:03:20,520 --> 00:03:26,570 and now we're gonna take a hollow cup like this which will fit at the bottom here and it won't touch the ball joint the 53 00:03:26,570 --> 00:03:30,619 Ball joint will be able to get pushed in and it won't touch anywhere inside this cup 54 00:03:30,620 --> 00:03:31,360 And in this case the top of the ball joint 55 00:03:31,360 --> 00:03:35,110 Press fits perfectly on the shoulder or collar of the ball joint like that 56 00:03:35,180 --> 00:03:40,390 Then we can install the cup onto the other side of the knuckle and hand tighten it down to hold it in place 57 00:03:40,390 --> 00:03:42,40 So this is what we want to look like 58 00:03:42,40 --> 00:03:46,480 We have our ball joint, press pressing against the collar the outside of the ball joint 59 00:03:46,480 --> 00:03:51,399 So as that ball joint gets pressed inwards. Nothing is stopping it. And then finally there's just a little adapter here 60 00:03:51,400 --> 00:03:54,160 So it connects to this evenly and that's straight 61 00:03:54,160 --> 00:03:58,850 I'm gonna be using a ratchet if you have an impact gun, it's even easier 62 00:03:58,850 --> 00:04:01,760 But all you have to do is tighten this down until it bottoms out 63 00:04:01,760 --> 00:04:04,329 Now you might want to try the hammer the new ball joint in and that is something you could do 64 00:04:04,330 --> 00:04:08,20 But I prefer pressing it in because you're a lot less likely to damage it 65 00:04:08,20 --> 00:04:13,119 you can see how easily this is going in if yours isn't going in easy and you need a lot of force make sure it's 66 00:04:13,120 --> 00:04:19,420 Going in straight and once the shoulder of the ball joint bottoms out it touches the knuckle and can't get pressed anymore 67 00:04:19,450 --> 00:04:24,710 now we could unscrew the press and our ball joint is completely installed and now 68 00:04:24,930 --> 00:04:27,400 Just to double check to make sure the ball joint is pushed all the way in you 69 00:04:28,520 --> 00:04:31,849 Look and make sure that we could install our retaining clip right in there 70 00:04:31,879 --> 00:04:33,309 and when installing the snap ring or retaining clip 71 00:04:33,310 --> 00:04:39,190 It's important that you don't reuse the old rusty one get a nice new one that comes with the ball joint and install this 72 00:04:39,430 --> 00:04:44,900 So grab your snap ring pliers and slide the snap ring down the ball joint into the channel 73 00:04:44,900 --> 00:04:46,0 So it snaps into place like that 74 00:04:46,250 --> 00:04:52,609 Now you just want to take a quick look around and make sure it's all the way in and it is so now the ball 75 00:04:52,610 --> 00:04:55,419 Joint installation is complete. Next let's install the bearing now 76 00:04:55,419 --> 00:05:01,999 We could get our bearing out of the ice water and this bearing is freezing cold. That's perfect 77 00:05:01,0 --> 00:05:05,929 now we could go and press it in what we need to do is find a plate that fits on the 78 00:05:05,30 --> 00:05:09,369 Outside of the bearing so something like that. You can see how it fits right on the outside 79 00:05:09,370 --> 00:05:16,519 You don't want to press on the inside because you'll break the bearing you have to press on the outside and that looks perfect 80 00:05:16,520 --> 00:05:21,590 And then we want to find a plate that fits on the outside of the knuckle so it won't touch the bearing as we press 81 00:05:21,590 --> 00:05:22,190 it in just like that and 82 00:05:22,190 --> 00:05:28,879 Finally just like before we want to make sure that we lubricate the threaded piece of our press set and that'll make sure we don't 83 00:05:28,879 --> 00:05:32,139 Strip the threads as we press the bearing in so now let's install our new wheel bearing 84 00:05:32,139 --> 00:05:37,59 I always compare every part to make sure it's the same size and the correct part and this is good to go 85 00:05:37,250 --> 00:05:41,169 So to install this we're gonna press it in from this side. So let's get it in there 86 00:05:41,169 --> 00:05:43,889 Push it in as far as you can by hand 87 00:05:43,889 --> 00:05:45,539 So it holds itself in place 88 00:05:45,539 --> 00:05:51,559 then we'll get our plate on here slide the threaded bolt through the bearing and knuckle, then set this up so we could put the 89 00:05:51,560 --> 00:05:55,819 Other plate on and finally tighten it all down by hand to hold it in place now 90 00:05:55,819 --> 00:05:59,468 Let's get a wrench on the bolt and get a ratchet on the nut and let's start tightening to press the bearing in 91 00:06:00,569 --> 00:06:05,289 Just like the ball joint make sure the bearing is going in straight and not crooked which could damage the knuckle and it should go 92 00:06:05,289 --> 00:06:10,519 In pretty smoothly especially since the bearing is freezing-cold which shrinks it a little bit now 93 00:06:10,520 --> 00:06:16,359 Once the bearing is hard to tighten any further we are done and there you go a freshly installed wheel bearing now 94 00:06:16,360 --> 00:06:21,889 we can finish off with installing the snap ring use the snap ring pliers to compress that snap ring and 95 00:06:21,960 --> 00:06:24,279 Push it into the channel in the knuckle beautiful, finally 96 00:06:24,279 --> 00:06:30,979 Give it a quick inspection to make sure it's completely seated into the knuckle and it is and the last thing we need to do 97 00:06:30,979 --> 00:06:36,889 is install our hub which fits right into the bearing but before we do that now is when you would install your heat shield or 98 00:06:36,889 --> 00:06:42,39 Your dust shield. The only thing is this dust shield is shot. It's so rusted. It's just falling apart the other side 99 00:06:42,40 --> 00:06:47,599 I tried to fix and paint and make it look nice. But again, it's so rusted and falling apart 100 00:06:47,600 --> 00:06:51,249 I've decided I'm not gonna run these dust shields. These aren't necessarily needed what it does 101 00:06:51,250 --> 00:06:56,809 is it prevents the water from splashing up onto the brakes prevents brake dust from getting all over the 102 00:06:56,880 --> 00:07:01,760 Suspension components and also acts as a slight heat shield, but it's perfectly fine to run without them 103 00:07:01,760 --> 00:07:05,200 And the reason why I'm gonna run without them is because I can't find these they don't make them for the del Sol anymore 104 00:07:05,200 --> 00:07:10,759 They're out of stock everywhere and junkyard ones around here are just as rusty 105 00:07:10,760 --> 00:07:12,99 So for those reasons, I'm not gonna be running them now 106 00:07:12,100 --> 00:07:18,950 I do want to mention here when you're installing your new hub you can go from a four lug hub to a five lug hub 107 00:07:18,950 --> 00:07:21,189 There's a lot more five lug wheels than four lug wheels 108 00:07:21,190 --> 00:07:26,20 But I ended up getting a nice new wheel that I can't wait to show you guys. It's gonna look great on this car 109 00:07:26,20 --> 00:07:29,869 So I'm gonna stick with the four lug instead of going to a five lug 110 00:07:29,870 --> 00:07:33,739 So let's get this installed and all you have to do is you have to press this into there 111 00:07:33,740 --> 00:07:39,40 So grab an adapter from the bearing press kit and we're gonna slide that adapter over the hub like that then slide the threaded press 112 00:07:39,40 --> 00:07:41,40 bolt through the hub bearing a knuckle and 113 00:07:41,210 --> 00:07:47,79 finally use the plate that fits on the outside edge of the bearing and I'm gonna slide on another plate just so it spaces the 114 00:07:47,80 --> 00:07:52,449 Nut further away for more room good just like the bearing and the ball joint. You want to tighten this down? 115 00:07:53,30 --> 00:07:57,369 Until it bottoms out as you're tightening this make sure it goes in evenly and straight 116 00:07:58,590 --> 00:08:02,470 So keep going until it bottoms out and you'll know because it'll become impossible to move that ratchet 117 00:08:03,260 --> 00:08:08,80 Perfect. So that's bottomed out. Let's loosen this up and let's remove this bolt and press 118 00:08:09,630 --> 00:08:16,29 Beautiful that spins so smoothly now, we have the hub. We have the bearing and the ball joint installed into our knuckle 119 00:08:16,30 --> 00:08:21,100 We are all done here and we're ready to install this into the car as well as the rest of the suspension 120 00:08:21,100 --> 00:08:24,679 so let's get started so out with the old and 121 00:08:24,810 --> 00:08:30,950 in with the new now that we have the bearing ball joint and hub pressed in we're done with the hardest part the rest of 122 00:08:30,950 --> 00:08:34,270 These suspension parts are all bolt in this is very simple. I have a few tips and tricks 123 00:08:34,270 --> 00:08:37,239 I'm going to share with you to get this done a hundred percent and do it correctly 124 00:08:37,240 --> 00:08:41,20 But we're gonna get through this real quick and get that car on the ground. So let's get started 125 00:08:41,20 --> 00:08:45,369 and the first thing we're gonna install is the inner tie rod and the first thing that you want to do when installing a tie 126 00:08:45,370 --> 00:08:47,80 Rod is get the old tie rod 127 00:08:47,80 --> 00:08:50,49 This is why we didn't take that jamb nut off and remove the outer tie rod 128 00:08:50,50 --> 00:08:54,979 You want to get the old tie rod and we want to match it up. So it's the exact same size 129 00:08:54,260 --> 00:08:55,390 so screwed 130 00:08:55,390 --> 00:09:00,40 the inner and outer tie rod so that it is the exact same length as the 131 00:09:00,110 --> 00:09:04,180 Original inner and outer tie rod good now this isn't going to give you a perfect alignment 132 00:09:04,180 --> 00:09:08,380 It's going to give you an approximate alignment something that's good enough to get to the alignment shop safely 133 00:09:08,380 --> 00:09:14,109 Now what we measured is from the end of the tie rod the inner tie rod right here which mounts up against the steering rack 134 00:09:14,110 --> 00:09:18,220 And we measured all the way across that's even to these two studs 135 00:09:18,220 --> 00:09:22,699 So now with the tie rods even let's separate the inner and outer tie rod 136 00:09:22,890 --> 00:09:27,429 Making sure not to touch the jam nut and then get a paint marker and Mark the threads right where the gym that should be 137 00:09:27,430 --> 00:09:29,330 tightened to now we know exactly 138 00:09:29,330 --> 00:09:35,350 Where this gem that sits because we do have to remove this gem that in order to install the boot onto the inner tie rod 139 00:09:36,750 --> 00:09:38,750 So with our alignment mark right there 140 00:09:38,850 --> 00:09:39,140 Let's go get this 141 00:09:39,140 --> 00:09:43,270 installed and when installing a tie rod most tie rods come with some type of 142 00:09:43,340 --> 00:09:46,389 Retaining clip or pin that holds the tie rod end 143 00:09:46,390 --> 00:09:51,739 This is one of the most important safety features of your car your steering. You don't want this to come loose 144 00:09:51,740 --> 00:09:56,870 You could say they actually include red thread Locker on here already, so it doesn't come loose but there's a retaining clip 145 00:09:56,870 --> 00:09:59,720 This is a Honda style you can see there's two ears here 146 00:09:59,720 --> 00:10:04,420 What you're gonna do is when we tighten this down you can see right here. There is little indentations 147 00:10:04,460 --> 00:10:11,869 This is gonna get tightened down and then we're gonna get a hammer and we're gonna indent this retaining clip into those indentations 148 00:10:11,60 --> 00:10:13,790 So it locks it in place 149 00:10:13,790 --> 00:10:19,579 It won't turn and then these ears here these ears fit right into the slots on the steering rack 150 00:10:19,580 --> 00:10:20,90 So this can't turn 151 00:10:20,90 --> 00:10:25,729 Now we can install the tie rod and if your tie rod doesn't have thread Locker on the threads already 152 00:10:25,730 --> 00:10:30,280 You definitely want to add some and now we could tighten the tie rod into the steering rack by hand and once we get it 153 00:10:30,280 --> 00:10:37,519 Hand tight grab a wrench that fits onto the steering rack and grab a second wrench to torque down the inner tie rod to 40 154 00:10:37,770 --> 00:10:42,400 Foot-pounds good next grab a hammer and punch and we need to indent the lock washer up into the tie rod 155 00:10:43,400 --> 00:10:49,879 Just like that you can see it's indented so it locks it in and let's do the same for the other side 156 00:10:50,820 --> 00:10:55,179 Perfect. So we're able to notch and hammer in those two bottom spots where it dimples into the inner tie rod 157 00:10:55,180 --> 00:10:59,410 But the two top spots are really difficult to get to there's no room here to use a hammer 158 00:10:59,410 --> 00:11:06,69 So what I did try doing is getting a pliers and crimping it with the pliers it indented it a little bit the bottom ones 159 00:11:06,70 --> 00:11:08,70 Are nice and indented so that should work perfectly fine. 160 00:11:09,620 --> 00:11:13,479 So whatever type of retaining clip your inner tie rod uses make sure you install it properly 161 00:11:14,660 --> 00:11:19,180 So your tie rod doesn't come loose now since our old boot was ripped. We're gonna install a nice new one 162 00:11:19,220 --> 00:11:20,720 so 163 00:11:20,720 --> 00:11:25,610 Let's slide that over the tie rod and get it down all the way and then we could zip tie the end of the boot 164 00:11:25,610 --> 00:11:29,319 so it stays in place when you turn the steering wheel and let's cut off the end of the zip tie and now we need 165 00:11:29,320 --> 00:11:31,800 To get the inside of our boot 166 00:11:31,800 --> 00:11:37,609 onto the steering rack and the easiest way to do that is to turn the steering wheel to compress the boot and then we can 167 00:11:37,610 --> 00:11:40,240 Get in there and push the boot over the end of the steering rack and move that metal 168 00:11:40,240 --> 00:11:45,769 Zip tie into place now to get the zip tie tight use a pliers to pull on it 169 00:11:45,770 --> 00:11:50,509 Then we can cut the extra tag end off with a snips good now turn the wheel back the other way 170 00:11:50,720 --> 00:11:51,380 And that's good to go 171 00:11:51,380 --> 00:11:56,200 Finally, let's add our Jam on to the tie rod tighten it until it's up against our green line 172 00:11:56,330 --> 00:12:02,600 Then we could thread our outer tie rod on all the way to the jam nut and get a wrench on the jam nut 173 00:12:02,600 --> 00:12:08,50 and one on the tie rod and tighten these two together basically as tight as you could get with two hands good now the last 174 00:12:08,50 --> 00:12:13,999 Thing to do is to tighten the grease fitting on so get it started by hand and then snug it down with a wrench 175 00:12:13,250 --> 00:12:17,230 Don't over tighten this just get it snug these will break if you over tighten them 176 00:12:17,230 --> 00:12:20,19 All right. So the tie rod is completely installed 177 00:12:20,20 --> 00:12:20,230 now 178 00:12:20,230 --> 00:12:26,539 Let's move on to the next part which is our upper control arm and a little trick before we go and install our brand new 179 00:12:26,540 --> 00:12:32,930 control arm these control arm bolts up here come loose from the factory so that you could adjust them while it's on the car the 180 00:12:32,930 --> 00:12:35,289 Problem is while it's on the car. These bolts are very difficult to tighten down 181 00:12:35,290 --> 00:12:38,749 There's just not a lot of space. You'll see that in a second 182 00:12:38,750 --> 00:12:42,340 So a little trick is to move this equal with the stock control arm 183 00:12:42,340 --> 00:12:46,60 and if you take a look at that just like that you can see this is completely 184 00:12:47,610 --> 00:12:51,919 Even and now we could go and tighten down these bolts as always 185 00:12:51,920 --> 00:12:56,199 I like to get a little bit of threadlocker onto the threads and these bolts get torqued down to 33 186 00:12:57,870 --> 00:13:00,530 Foot-pounds you can see the old one and the new one match 187 00:13:00,20 --> 00:13:06,489 Identically so now to install this we just need to get this up here into the strut tower then let's add some medium strength threadlocker 188 00:13:06,500 --> 00:13:12,10 Onto the threads hand tighten both nuts onto the studs and torque them down to 47 189 00:13:12,320 --> 00:13:13,400 foot-pounds and 190 00:13:13,400 --> 00:13:16,519 with those two fasteners torque down our 191 00:13:16,650 --> 00:13:21,650 Upper control arm is officially in here and now we can move on to the next step which is installing our new 192 00:13:21,960 --> 00:13:27,99 Strut we have to put Strut fork onto the new strut and to find which direction the new strut goes 193 00:13:27,100 --> 00:13:30,100 Let me show you with the old one. You see that locator notch right there 194 00:13:30,100 --> 00:13:35,50 There's the locator notch on the new one that helps us find which direction our strut goes 195 00:13:35,50 --> 00:13:37,209 We just locate it right into that little slot there 196 00:13:37,209 --> 00:13:42,69 you can see it fits right in and then we could grab our bolt add a little bit of thread Locker to it and 197 00:13:42,260 --> 00:13:46,609 This is a lot easier to do off the car than with the strut 198 00:13:46,610 --> 00:13:48,310 Hang in there and this gets torqued down to 32 foot-pounds 199 00:13:49,680 --> 00:13:52,639 Now, let's install the strut into the strut tower 200 00:13:52,639 --> 00:13:56,169 And all you need to do is carefully line it up and push it through the control arm into the strut tower 201 00:13:56,449 --> 00:14:03,489 Just like that then add some removable threadlocker to the threads hand tighten the fasteners down and then torque them down to 36 202 00:14:04,769 --> 00:14:10,519 foot-pounds and with that torque down our strut is in now we're gonna be torquing down a lot of nuts and bolts and we have 203 00:14:10,519 --> 00:14:13,819 Already torqued down a bunch of them. So one thing to do to keep track of them 204 00:14:13,820 --> 00:14:15,829 I like to grab a paint marker like this 205 00:14:15,930 --> 00:14:20,229 Use a color that's gonna stand out like green and I like to draw a line that marks the nut and stud 206 00:14:20,230 --> 00:14:22,760 So not only do we know its torque 207 00:14:22,760 --> 00:14:26,959 But you could tell if it's loosening up and we'll get that last fastener right back there beautiful 208 00:14:26,959 --> 00:14:28,579 Now this is something you could do real quick 209 00:14:28,579 --> 00:14:33,159 That's gonna help you remember what's nuts and bolts that you've torqued down also later on when you go for your ride and you drive 210 00:14:33,160 --> 00:14:37,29 The car around you'll be able to reference this real quick and make sure none of these have loosened up 211 00:14:37,29 --> 00:14:40,88 so with these two fasteners in our strut is 212 00:14:40,399 --> 00:14:45,279 Completely in and we are ready for our next step which is to install the axle 213 00:14:45,279 --> 00:14:48,919 But before we push the axle into the transmission 214 00:14:48,920 --> 00:14:52,519 We want to clean the end of the axle here because this is going to get inserted 215 00:14:52,680 --> 00:14:55,760 inside the transmission and if there's any dirt or debris on here 216 00:14:55,760 --> 00:14:58,909 It could damage the transmission and make it wear out faster 217 00:14:58,910 --> 00:15:02,469 And another thing we want to do is we want to get some transmission fluid and lubricate the axle 218 00:15:03,600 --> 00:15:08,50 Especially the splines so that when we push this in it doesn't go in dry as you orly acts 219 00:15:08,50 --> 00:15:12,490 We'll just make sure that you have one of these retaining clips at the end that fits in this groove here 220 00:15:13,760 --> 00:15:16,179 If you have a new axle, you might have to install it if you're reusing the original one 221 00:15:16,180 --> 00:15:22,699 Make sure it's not broken and it's still in good shape this prevents your axle from falling out as you drive 222 00:15:22,699 --> 00:15:26,779 So in this case our clip was already installed and it looks good. Perfect 223 00:15:26,779 --> 00:15:32,629 Now since our axle is so long and we have to install all the way into the transmission right back there 224 00:15:32,730 --> 00:15:35,199 What I like to do is I like to grab a bungee cord hook it onto this 225 00:15:35,350 --> 00:15:41,139 bring and now this will help support the other end of the axle as we feed it into the transmission and 226 00:15:41,420 --> 00:15:47,690 One thing to be mindful of when you're installing. The axle is the seal around the outside of the axle 227 00:15:47,690 --> 00:15:51,190 It's a rubber seal. You don't want to damage it or Knick it because then you'll get transmission fluid leaking out 228 00:15:51,190 --> 00:15:56,380 So make sure when you're installing the axle it goes right down the middle and don't hit this outside seal 229 00:15:56,420 --> 00:16:02,500 So let's get that axle in there again making sure not to damage the seal and this will just click in with a decent push 230 00:16:03,960 --> 00:16:07,419 Good. All right, so that bungee cord trick works pretty good. It helps with these long axles 231 00:16:07,420 --> 00:16:09,280 It's basically an extra set of hands 232 00:16:09,280 --> 00:16:15,679 Now that our axle is installed one thing you want to do is if you lost transmission fluid you want to refill your transmission 233 00:16:15,170 --> 00:16:21,830 Make sure it's filled to the proper level that way your transmission will work right in this case. We didn't lose any fluid 234 00:16:21,830 --> 00:16:23,470 So we don't have to refill it and now we can move on to the last 235 00:16:24,780 --> 00:16:29,79 suspension piece the lower control arm after we get this installed we can put the knuckle in so let's go and 236 00:16:29,480 --> 00:16:31,590 install this 237 00:16:31,590 --> 00:16:38,929 now whenever you're installing a control arm or something with a rubber bushing like this a quick tip is to grab some silicone grease and 238 00:16:38,930 --> 00:16:39,870 Just coat the outside 239 00:16:39,870 --> 00:16:44,290 Of that bushing and this will help prevent squeaking also lightly coat the metal where you're going to mount the bushing 240 00:16:44,290 --> 00:16:49,389 this will make it a lot easier to slide the control arm in and then when you go to install the bolt you want to 241 00:16:49,390 --> 00:16:56,569 Coat the smooth part of the bolt known as the shank which is where the bushing rubs against and that will prevent rust and squeaks 242 00:16:56,570 --> 00:17:00,859 Then add some medium strength thread Locker to the threads and you want to barely tighten this down 243 00:17:00,870 --> 00:17:02,380 Do not tighten it all the way now 244 00:17:02,380 --> 00:17:06,829 The reason why we don't want to tighten this bolt or any bolts that go through bushings 245 00:17:06,829 --> 00:17:12,739 This bolt when tightened is gonna pinch that bushing since it's getting pinched that bushing won't be able to move now if we move this 246 00:17:12,740 --> 00:17:17,229 Control arm up to where the car is normally going to sit that bushing is now going to rip if it doesn't rip 247 00:17:17,230 --> 00:17:19,709 It'll just wear out a lot quicker 248 00:17:19,709 --> 00:17:23,629 so we want to tighten this only a little bit and we'll torque it down once 249 00:17:23,760 --> 00:17:28,579 Everything's together and we put a load on the suspension. That's very important. That's something you want to do anytime 250 00:17:28,579 --> 00:17:29,80 You install something with bushings? 251 00:17:29,80 --> 00:17:35,140 So for now we can let the suspension droop like that and let's go get this bushing back here installed now if you haven't noticed 252 00:17:35,140 --> 00:17:37,830 I like using medium strength thread Locker 253 00:17:37,830 --> 00:17:42,770 basically on all the suspension bolts and then I like to torque each one down to spec which in this case is 254 00:17:42,960 --> 00:17:49,730 66 foot-pounds the thread Locker prevents vibrations from loosening the bolts as you drive and it also helps prevent the threads from rusting 255 00:17:49,850 --> 00:17:51,159 Wherever the threadlocker is applied good 256 00:17:51,160 --> 00:17:57,649 So with this bushing mount torqued down we didn't tighten the bushing the nut is back here that we need to tighten to squeeze this 257 00:17:57,650 --> 00:18:00,430 Bushing we're gonna wait to do that until the suspension is under a load. Okay? 258 00:18:00,430 --> 00:18:07,909 so the last thing we need to do is to get the lower control arm into the strut fork here and just like before since 259 00:18:07,910 --> 00:18:11,899 There's a bushing here. Let's get some silicone grease on here and the strut fork as well 260 00:18:11,910 --> 00:18:15,369 Now we can push the control arm into place which is a little hard because the bushing is brand-new 261 00:18:16,500 --> 00:18:16,0 actually 262 00:18:16,0 --> 00:18:17,690 Let's go from the top 263 00:18:17,690 --> 00:18:22,970 Which should be easier and sometimes using a rubber mallet to lightly tap this to line it up makes it a lot easier 264 00:18:22,460 --> 00:18:24,10 There we go. Next 265 00:18:24,10 --> 00:18:30,220 Let's install the bolt and don't forget silicone grease on the shank then lightly tap it in since it won't go in straight 266 00:18:30,220 --> 00:18:32,570 I'm gonna jack up the controller 267 00:18:32,570 --> 00:18:36,129 I'm just a little bit to line the holes up better then lightly tap it in. Perfect 268 00:18:36,130 --> 00:18:40,580 Now we can add some thread Locker and hand tighten the nut on 269 00:18:41,580 --> 00:18:44,350 Okay. Now let's get the weight of the car onto the front suspension and to do that 270 00:18:44,350 --> 00:18:48,309 We need to safely jack up the car. So it starts to lift off the jack stands like that 271 00:18:49,10 --> 00:18:55,670 Okay, so the jack is supporting the vehicle. We're slightly off the jack stands enough so that it's safe 272 00:18:55,670 --> 00:18:58,639 But we have the entire weight of the vehicle on the suspension 273 00:18:58,640 --> 00:19:01,970 Now we could tighten down all the bolts that go through bushings that we left loose 274 00:19:01,10 --> 00:19:05,140 We'll start by tightening down the strut fork to control arm bolt to 47 foot-pounds 275 00:19:06,230 --> 00:19:10,730 So with that bolt torqued down we have two more fasteners to torque down one 276 00:19:10,730 --> 00:19:14,320 We have a bolt right there and the other we have a nut that holds in a bushing back there now 277 00:19:14,320 --> 00:19:17,139 Those are more inboard of the car. They're more underneath the car 278 00:19:17,150 --> 00:19:21,340 don't go under the car because we do have the jack supporting the vehicle even though we're only 279 00:19:22,590 --> 00:19:27,709 Supported that much over the jack stands. We still want to be careful. We don't want to have our whole body under the car 280 00:19:27,710 --> 00:19:30,590 So torque the control arm bolt to 76 foot-pounds 281 00:19:30,590 --> 00:19:36,590 Then let's add some silicone grease to the rear control arm bushing on both sides and torque it down to 61 foot-pounds 282 00:19:36,870 --> 00:19:38,260 Since there's not enough space to get a torque wrench on here 283 00:19:38,260 --> 00:19:41,840 I'm gonna just be tightening this as much as I can with a wrench 284 00:19:42,540 --> 00:19:48,560 Good. So with all the fasteners that go through bushings torque down with the weight of the vehicle on the suspension 285 00:19:48,560 --> 00:19:50,229 I also mark those fasteners so that we could see if they loosen up 286 00:19:50,300 --> 00:19:53,19 now we can put the vehicle back on the jack stand and 287 00:19:54,230 --> 00:20:01,150 Install our knuckle now our axle splines into the knuckle into that hub that we installed. So we need to remove this axle nut 288 00:20:01,150 --> 00:20:07,829 And I always this on when I install the axle cause it prevents damage to the splines here and to the threads on the end 289 00:20:07,80 --> 00:20:11,120 This is a good little trick to keep your new axle in good shape while you install it 290 00:20:11,120 --> 00:20:16,219 Another little trick is to get some grease not a lot just a little bit and we're gonna lightly grease the splines 291 00:20:16,350 --> 00:20:22,279 You don't want to get grease on this end of the axle where the threads are just on the splines and that'll help the axle 292 00:20:22,279 --> 00:20:28,829 Install into the hub very easily. So now let's install the knuckle and get the axle through the hub 293 00:20:28,350 --> 00:20:31,429 Good, and we could put the lower ball joint into the control arm 294 00:20:31,429 --> 00:20:34,528 Now let's get the tire out attached to the knuckle 295 00:20:34,529 --> 00:20:39,749 All you have to do is push the tie rod into the hole and then we can install the castle nut and cotter pin 296 00:20:39,750 --> 00:20:43,979 So hand tighten the castle nut, and this gets torqued at 35 foot-pounds 297 00:20:44,799 --> 00:20:47,788 And with that castle nut to work down now we could add our cotter pin 298 00:20:47,789 --> 00:20:51,79 And in this case that cotter pin hole through the stud is being blocked by the castle nut 299 00:20:51,80 --> 00:20:52,399 So we can't get this in 300 00:20:52,399 --> 00:20:55,859 So what you want to do is you never want to loosen the castle nut 301 00:20:55,960 --> 00:21:01,9 instead tighten it slightly to get the slot in the castle nut to line up with the hole in the tie rod stud and 302 00:21:01,110 --> 00:21:07,679 Let's see if that worked. Perfect. Now we could bend one of the cotter pin ends around the castle nut 303 00:21:07,679 --> 00:21:11,418 Just like this and then we could bend the other side of the cotter pin around the other side of the castle nut 304 00:21:11,419 --> 00:21:18,628 And when you bend these around it prevents the cotter pin from coming out and now the castle nut can't loosen up now we want 305 00:21:18,629 --> 00:21:22,429 To add some grease so connect your grease gun to the fitting and pump some chassis grease into that tie rod 306 00:21:22,429 --> 00:21:26,668 You want to keep pumping until you see that tie rod boot expand a little bit 307 00:21:26,940 --> 00:21:29,669 That means it's filled with grease and we can remove our grease gun 308 00:21:29,669 --> 00:21:29,149 All right 309 00:21:29,149 --> 00:21:35,549 And that is how you properly install a tie rod from the castle nut to cotter pin set up to greasing it up 310 00:21:35,740 --> 00:21:40,709 Everything is done here. So now let's go and tighten down the lower ball joint again 311 00:21:40,710 --> 00:21:44,970 We have a castle nut and a cotter pin. This is a different style cotter pins a lot easier 312 00:21:44,970 --> 00:21:47,669 I'll show you how to use it. And this has some threadlocker from the factory 313 00:21:47,669 --> 00:21:52,919 So now we could just hand tighten this castle nut and finally torque it down to 43 foot-pounds 314 00:21:52,919 --> 00:21:55,619 Now we can add our cotter pin and this cutter prints pretty nice 315 00:21:55,620 --> 00:21:58,459 You just slide it into the hole and it pushes in like that and locks in place 316 00:21:58,460 --> 00:22:03,139 And since this ball joint is sealed and pre-greased permanently. We don't have to add grease now 317 00:22:03,139 --> 00:22:07,919 We can move on to the last step which is to tighten down our upper ball joint 318 00:22:07,200 --> 00:22:11,639 So let's remove the bungee cord since we don't need to support the axle anymore 319 00:22:11,639 --> 00:22:16,589 Then we could add some medium strength thread Locker to the threads of the upper ball joint and now we can push the ball joint 320 00:22:16,750 --> 00:22:21,30 Into the knuckle then hand tighten the nut and torque it down to 35 foot-pounds, finally 321 00:22:21,30 --> 00:22:26,589 Let's add the grease fitting make sure you don't over tighten it and make sure the fitting is facing the direction 322 00:22:26,590 --> 00:22:31,689 You could grease the ball joint in if the tire is on good then we could pump some grease into the ball joint 323 00:22:31,690 --> 00:22:36,240 So the boot expands a little and always clean the excess grease off because otherwise it collected dirt and makes a mess 324 00:22:37,700 --> 00:22:44,159 Beautiful now our suspension is completely installed. So let's go get our brakes on and any time you install new brake rotors 325 00:22:44,159 --> 00:22:49,79 Make sure you spray down the rotor surface with brake cleaner to remove the cosmoline grease that comes with them from the factory 326 00:22:49,360 --> 00:22:53,530 Otherwise, you're gonna contaminate your brake pads and your brakes won't work properly 327 00:22:53,110 --> 00:22:57,819 Next let's install the brake caliper which slides right behind the rotor like that 328 00:22:57,970 --> 00:23:01,260 As always our caliper bracket bolts head threadlocker and we can hand tighten each one 329 00:23:01,419 --> 00:23:06,179 To hold the caliper in place then torque each one down to 80 foot pounds 330 00:23:06,179 --> 00:23:07,610 and 331 00:23:07,610 --> 00:23:11,589 now I'm gonna add a little bit of anti-seize to the grease points on the brake caliper and 332 00:23:11,659 --> 00:23:17,589 Finally install the brake pad with the wear indicator on the inside of the caliper and then the other pad goes on the outside 333 00:23:17,80 --> 00:23:22,630 So let's close the caliper up and torque down the caliper bolt to 20 foot-pounds 334 00:23:22,299 --> 00:23:28,229 now the last thing to do is to secure the brake line so snug down these two bolts to about 7 foot pounds as 335 00:23:29,690 --> 00:23:31,690 Well as these back two bolts 336 00:23:31,90 --> 00:23:33,950 and 337 00:23:33,950 --> 00:23:36,480 Good, the brake lines are now held in place. So there you go 338 00:23:36,480 --> 00:23:41,740 Our suspension is completely installed and instead of installing these old steel wheels 339 00:23:41,740 --> 00:23:44,400 I figured now would be a great time to upgrade check out these new wheels 340 00:23:45,650 --> 00:23:50,859 so let's get it on the car tighten down the lug nuts and lower the car onto the ground and 341 00:23:50,320 --> 00:23:54,480 This is super important. The last thing we want to do is install the axle nut 342 00:23:54,480 --> 00:24:01,539 so get some medium strength thread Locker on the axle threads and hand tighten the nut on there then torque this axle nut to 343 00:24:01,0 --> 00:24:03,0 135 foot-pounds 344 00:24:03,100 --> 00:24:05,710 Now we can add the center cap 345 00:24:05,710 --> 00:24:09,59 And then Jack the car up and put a jack stand under the car so we could take the wheel off 346 00:24:09,250 --> 00:24:13,809 Because remember we need to indent this axle nut into the axle 347 00:24:13,809 --> 00:24:15,119 so it locks in place and can't loosen up just 348 00:24:16,610 --> 00:24:21,819 Like that beautiful now we can get the wheels back on get those lug nuts on 349 00:24:22,700 --> 00:24:29,649 Remove the jack stand and lower the car back onto the ground and finally torque these wheels down to 80 foot-pounds in a crisscross pattern 350 00:24:29,400 --> 00:24:35,619 All right with our axle nut properly torqued down the wheels are on the lug nuts are torqued down 351 00:24:35,620 --> 00:24:40,959 Our old suspension is completely removed and our brand new front suspension is installed 352 00:24:40,960 --> 00:24:45,480 there's one more thing that you need to do to do this job a hundred percent and that is 353 00:24:46,30 --> 00:24:50,619 We need to get a wheel alignment. So we're up on the laser alignment rack 354 00:24:50,620 --> 00:24:55,260 And as I expected our alignment is all off from replacing every suspension part, but that's about to get fixed 355 00:24:55,270 --> 00:25:02,829 All right much better. Everything's all lines. They did an awesome job here. So let's go for a ride 356 00:25:02,840 --> 00:25:07,290 I wish you guys could feel this. It feels like a brand new car. Holy smokes 357 00:25:08,530 --> 00:25:10,869 What a difference this thing feels 358 00:25:10,390 --> 00:25:16,989 Amazing now. It's so precise. It actually goes where I wanted to go and I'm not afraid to drive it 359 00:25:16,30 --> 00:25:21,759 Whoo now, that is what I'm talking about. What a difference and there you go 360 00:25:21,760 --> 00:25:28,869 That is how you remove that old rusty worn-out two hundred thousand mile suspension from your vehicle and install a high quality 361 00:25:28,179 --> 00:25:34,599 Brand new front suspension the proper way. I can't believe how good this car drives 362 00:25:34,600 --> 00:25:40,230 It feels like a totally different car. Those wheels. Also look amazing check that out really sets that car off. What a difference also 363 00:25:40,300 --> 00:25:44,829 I got an eBay turbo kit for the car surprise 364 00:25:44,870 --> 00:25:46,79 This is gonna be a blast to install 365 00:25:46,150 --> 00:25:50,459 So we're gonna have a lot of fun with that now the idea what this car is. We got it. So cheap 366 00:25:50,470 --> 00:25:54,449 Let's do a budget build something that you guys could replicate something you could do at home 367 00:25:55,360 --> 00:25:58,990 realistically on a budget so we're gonna have a fun little car to 368 00:25:58,59 --> 00:26:03,389 Experiment and play with and teach you guys a lot along the way like in this video where you learned how to install a brand? 369 00:26:03,390 --> 00:26:05,340 New suspension as always. 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