Download Sportage Front Hub Seal Change – 2001 Kia Sportage – REPAIR PROCEDURE: 1. Raise vehicle on hoist. 2. Remove front wheel/tire assembly. 3. Remove two bolts attaching brake caliper/anchor to knuckle and remove caliper/anchor assembly from rotor. Secure caliper/anchor assembly out of the way with wire or tie wraps. Fig. 2: Locating Caliper 4. Remove two screws securing brake rotor to wheel hub and remove rotor. 5. Disconnect vacuum hose from fitting on knuckle. 6. Remove ABS sensor attaching bolt and sensor from knuckle (if ABS equipped). Fig. 3: Locating ABS Sensor & Vacuum Line Connection 7. Remove six bolts securing vacuum locking hub to wheel hub and remove hub. 8. Remove snap ring and washer from CV axle shaft. Discard snap ring. 9. Remove tie rod cotter pin and nut, then with a suitable puller (such as Snap-On CJ82B), disconnect tie rod end from knuckle. Fig. 5: Identifying 2 Jaw Puller 10. Remove lower ball joint cotter pin and nut then, with a suitable puller (such as Snap-On CJ119B) separate ball joint from knuckle. Fig. 6: Identifying Lower Ball Joint Removal Tool 11. Remove 10 mm pinch bolt and nut securing upper ball joint to knuckle. 12. Remove knuckle/hub assembly from vehicle. 13. Using a suitable jack under lower control arm, load suspension and raise strut fork opening sufficiently to allow drive shaft removal. Pull CV shaft free from front axle by using the outer part of shaft as slide hammer.