Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  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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See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: The lower damper fork bolt must be removed before the lower control arm can come off

  1. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the arm.
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  3. Remove the lower arm ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut. Using a ball joint removal tool, separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  5. Remove the lower control arm to sub-frame mounting/pivoting bolts.
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  7. 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 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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Control Arm Bushing ReplacementSee Figures 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 2: This torn lower control arm bushing can cause poor handling and throw the alignment off



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Fig. Fig. 3: This press is being used to push the bushing out of a lower control arm

This procedure will require the use of a press. If a press is not available, you may want to have a local shop perform this task.

  1. Position the lower control arm on the press with the machined surfaces facing down.
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  3. Adjust the bushing driver so that it aligns itself to the inner diameter of the bushing hole, then tighten the socket bolt.
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  5. Position the bushing driver against the bushing.
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  7. Use the press as shown to remove the bushing.
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To install:
  1. Align the lower control arm on the press with the machined surface facing down.
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  3. Align the bushing driver so that it matches the inner diameter of the bushing hole.
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  5. Tighten the socket bolt securely.
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  7. Position the bushing driver along the outer sleeve of the bushing.
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  9. Push the bushing into the arm using a bushing driver. Be sure the edge of the bushing reached the plate.
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