Check ball joint play as follows:
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Clamp a dial indicator onto the lower control arm and place the indicator tip on the knuckle, near the ball joint.
- Place a prybar between the lower control arm and the knuckle.
- Apply pressure to the bar.
- Replace the lower control arm if the play exceeds 0.5mm.
Boot replacement Integra
- Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front wheel assemblies.
- Remove the steering knuckle.
- Remove the boot by prying off the snapring. Remove the 40mm clip. Check the boot for deterioration and damage, replace if necessary.
- 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.
- After installing the boot, check the ball joint pin tapered section for grease contamination and wipe it if necessary.
- 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.
- Install the knuckle.
- Check the front wheel alignment and adjust if necessary.
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.
- Pry up the lock tab and loosen the spindle nut. Slightly loosen the lug nuts.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheel and spindle nut.
- 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.
- Remove the ABS speed sensor from the knuckle.
- Disconnect the tie rod end from the knuckle using a ball joint remover. Be careful not to damage the joint boot.
- Remove the cotter pin and castle nut from the lower arm ball joint. Separate the lower control arm from the knuckle.
- Remove the cotter pin and castle nut. Separate the upper arm from the knuckle using the ball joint remover.
- 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.
- To remove the hub and rotor assembly from the knuckle, remove the four self-locking bolts from the back of the knuckle.
- Remove the four bolts from the hub to separate it from the brake disc.
- 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.
- Clean all the parts and examine them for wear. A worn or damaged hub will cause premature bearing failure and should be replaced.
When pressing on a new bearing, be sure to press only on the inner race or the bearing will be damaged.