Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

Lower Ball Joint

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INSPECTION



Check ball joint play as follows:

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Clamp a dial indicator onto the lower control arm and place the indicator tip on the knuckle, near the ball joint.
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  5. Place a prybar between the lower control arm and the knuckle.
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  7. Apply pressure to the bar.
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  9. Replace the lower control arm if the play exceeds 0.5mm.
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Boot replacement Integra

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front wheel assemblies.
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  3. Remove the steering knuckle.
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  5. Remove the boot by prying off the snapring. Remove the 40mm clip. Check the boot for deterioration and damage, replace if necessary.
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To install:
  1. Place the ball joint in position by hand. Install the ball joint into the tool and press in the new ball joint in the vise.
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  3. After installing the boot, check the ball joint pin tapered section for grease contamination and wipe it if necessary.
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  5. Install the 40mm circlip. Adjust the special 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.
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  7. Install the knuckle.
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  9. Check the front wheel alignment and adjust if necessary.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATIONIntegra, 2.2CL, 2.3CL, 2.5TL and 3.0CL



The lower ball joint is pressed into the steering knuckle and cannot be removed.

  1. Pry up the lock tab and loosen the spindle nut. Slightly loosen the lug nuts.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheel and spindle nut.
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  5. Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts and remove the caliper from the knuckle. Hang the caliper out of the way with a length of wire.
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  7. Remove the ABS speed sensor from the knuckle.
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  9. Disconnect the tie rod end from the knuckle using a ball joint remover. Be careful not to damage the joint boot.
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  11. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut from the lower arm ball joint. Separate the lower control arm from the knuckle.
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  13. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut. Separate the upper arm from the knuckle using the ball joint remover.
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  15. Remove the knuckle and hub by sliding the assembly off of the halfshaft. Tap the end of the halfshaft with a plastic mallet to release it from the knuckle.
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  17. To remove the hub and rotor assembly from the knuckle, remove the four self-locking bolts from the back of the knuckle.
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  19. Remove the four bolts from the hub to separate it from the brake disc.
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  21. The bearing can be pressed off the hub with a hydraulic press. The inner race will stay on the hub and can be removed with a bearing puller. Any time the hub and bearing are separated, the wheel bearing must be replaced with a new one.
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To install:
  1. Clean all the parts and examine them for wear. A worn or damaged hub will cause premature bearing failure and should be replaced.
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When pressing on a new bearing, be sure to press only on the inner race or the bearing will be damaged.

  1. Install the brake disc and tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  3. Install the hub assembly and tighten the self-locking bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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Be sure that all the hub bolts are properly tightened to avoid warpage of the brake disc.

  1. Install the knuckle and hub assembly onto the halfshaft.
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  3. Install the knuckle on the tie rod, and the upper and lower control arms. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm), then tighten further, as required, to install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Tighten the upper ball joint nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm), then tighten further, as required to install a new cotter pin. Tighten the tie rod end to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm), then tighten further, as required to install a new cotter pin. Install the knuckle protector.
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  7. Install the speed sensor, sensor wire, and mounting bolts. Be careful to avoid twisting the wires.
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  9. Install the brake caliper, brake hoses, and mounting bolts.
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  11. With the wheel installed and the vehicle on the ground, tighten the spindle nut to 180 ft. lbs. (243 Nm) and stake it in place. Tighten the lug nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
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Legend & Vigor

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Remove the lower damper fork bolt.
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  5. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the arm.
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  7. Remove the lower arm ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut.
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  9. Using a ball joint removal tool, separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  11. Disconnect the radius rod from the lower control arm and remove the arm.
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To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten the radius rod-to-control arm bolts to 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) and the chassis bolt to 39 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  3. On Legend, tighten the ball joint nut to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm), then tighten further, as required to insert a new cotter pin.
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  5. On Vigor, tighten the lower ball joint nut to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm), then tighten further, as required to install a new cotter pin.
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