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    Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

    Lower Ball Joint

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    INSPECTION



    1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Clamp a dial indicator onto the lower control arm and place the indicator tip on the steering knuckle, near the ball joint.
    4.  
    5. Place a prybar between the lower control arm and the steering knuckle.
    6.  
    7. Work the ball joint back and forth to check for looseness. If the movement exceeds 0.02 in. (0.5mm), replace the ball joint.
    8.  

    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    See Figures 1, 2 and 3

    Lower ball joints on 1984-85 Accords and 1992-95 Preludes are integral with the control arm. If the joint becomes loose, the lower control arm must be replaced.

    This procedure is performed after the removal of the steering knuckle and requires the use of the following special tools or their equivalent:



    Ball joint removal/installation tool No. 07965-SB00100 for Accords through 1990 and Preludes through 1991
     
    Ball joint removal/installation tool No. 07HAF-SF10110 for 1990-95 Accords
     
    Ball joint removal base tool 07965-SB00200 for 1985-87 Preludes
     
    Ball joint removal base tool 07965-SB00300 for 1986-89 Accords and 1988-91 Preludes
     
    Ball joint removal base tool 07HAF-SF10130 for 1990-95 Accords
     
    A large vise
     
    Boot clip guide tool No. 07974-SA50700 or 07GAG-SD40700
     

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
    2.  
    3. Remove the knuckle/hub assembly with the joint attached. Pry the snapring off and remove the boot.
    4.  
    5. Pry the snapring out of the groove in the ball joint.
    6.  
    7. Using the ball joint removal tool with the large end facing out, tighten the ball joint nut.
    8.  
    9. Position the removal base tool on the ball joint and set the assembly in a large vise. Press the ball joint out of the steering knuckle.
    10.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Special tools are needed to remove ...



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    Fig. Fig. 2: ... and install the ball joint in the knuckle assembly

    To install:
    1. Position the new ball joint into the hole of the steering knuckle.
    2.  
    3. Install the ball joint installer tool with the small end facing out.
    4.  
    5. Position the installation base tool on the ball joint and set the assembly in a large vise. Press the ball joint into the steering knuckle.
    6.  
    7. Seat the snapring in the groove of the ball joint.
    8.  
    9. Adjust the boot clip guide tool with the adjusting bolt until the end of the tool aligns with the groove on the boot. Slide the clip over the tool and into position.
    10.  
    11. Install the knuckle and hub assembly.
    12.  
    13. Properly enable the SRS system, if equipped, and connect the negative battery cable.
    14.  



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    Fig. Fig. 3: A special guide tool is used to prevent damage to the boot while installing the clip

     
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