Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

Steering Knuckle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Integra, CL, RL and TL



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the center cap or wheel cover from the rim.
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  5. Break loose the wheel hub retaining nut.
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  7. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  9. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  11. Remove the disc brake caliper and rotor. Do not disconnect the brake line from the caliper.
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  13. Support the disc brake caliper with safety wire.
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Do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose.

  1. Remove the speed sensor from the hub assembly.
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  3. Remove the outer tie rod end cotter pin and remove the castellated nut. Discard the cotter pin.
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  5. Separate the outer tie rod end from the steering knuckle using an appropriate tie rod end remover.
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  7. Remove the wheel hub retaining nut.
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  9. Separate the halfshaft from the wheel hub.
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  11. Once removed, support the end of the halfshaft.
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  13. Remove the ball joint from the lower control arm.
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  15. Remove the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  17. Remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle.
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  19. Place the steering knuckle assembly onto a suitable workbench.
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To install:
  1. Carefully align the splines of the outer CV-joint with the splines in the hub.
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  3. Position the steering knuckle to the lower ball joint stud.
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  5. Position the steering knuckle to the lower strut tube.
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  7. Install a new steering knuckle to lower ball joint pinch bolt.
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  9. Install a new steering knuckle to strut pinch bolt.
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  11. Reinstall the anti-lock brake sensor and retaining bolt.
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  13. Reinstall the disc brake rotor and caliper assembly.
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  15. Reinstall a new wheel hub retaining nut.
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WARNING
Do not use an impact gun to tighten the wheel hub retaining nut or damage to the wheel bearing may result.

  1. Attach the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Install the castellated nut.
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  3. Install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Reinstall the wheel and tire assembly.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  9. Pump the brake pedal several times to position the disc brake pads before attempting to move the vehicle.
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  11. Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.
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Legend

  1. Pry the lock tab away from the spindle and loosen the 36mm 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 bolts retaining the brake caliper and the caliper from the knuckle. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose, support it with a length of wire.
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  7. Remove the disc brake rotor retaining screws if equipped. Screw both 8 x 1.25 x 12mm bolts into the disc brake removal holes and turn the bolts to press the rotor from the hub.
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Only turn each bolt 2 turns at a time to prevent cocking the disc excessively.

  1. Remove the tie rod from the knuckle using a tie rod end removal tool. Use care not to damage the ball joint seals.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin from the lower arm ball joint and the castle nut. Discard the cotter pin.
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  5. Remove the lower control arm from the knuckle using the ball joint removal tool.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin from the upper arm ball joint and the castle nut.
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  9. Remove the upper arm from the knuckle using the ball joint removal tool.
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  11. Remove the knuckle and hub by sliding the assembly off of the halfshaft.
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Any time the hub is removed, the wheel bearing must be replaced with a new one.

  1. On 1994 Legend, the hub can be removed with a slide hammer. Clamp the knuckle in a vise and secure the slide hammer to the wheel studs.
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  3. Remove the splash guard and snaprings.
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  5. Support the knuckle and press the bearing out towards the wheel side.
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  7. If the inner bearing race stayed on the hub, use a puller to remove it.
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To install:
  1. Clean all parts and examine for wear. A worn or damaged hub will cause premature bearing failure and should be replaced.
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  3. When pressing in a new bearing, install the inner snapring first and press the bearing in from the wheel side. Be sure to press only on the outer race or the bearing will be damaged.
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  5. Install the outer snapring and the splash guard.
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  7. Properly support the knuckle and press the hub into the bearing. Do not press on the wheel studs or they will press out of the hub. Be sure to support the knuckle by the inner race or the bearing will be damaged.
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  9. Install the knuckle in the reverse order of removal. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm) and tighten further as required to install a new cotter pin.
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  11. Tighten the upper ball joint nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and tighten further as required to install a new cotter pin. Tighten the tie rod end to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) and tighten further, as required, to install a new cotter pin.
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  13. With the wheel installed and all 4 wheels on the ground, torque the spindle nut to 206 ft. lbs. (285 Nm) and stake it in place.
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Vigor

The front wheel bearing and hub can be removed as an assembly without removing the steering knuckle.

  1. Pry the lock tab away from the spindle and loosen the 36mm 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 bolts retaining the brake caliper and remove the caliper from the knuckle. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose, support it with a length of wire.
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  7. Remove the ABS speed sensor from the knuckle.
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  9. Remove the tie rod from the knuckle using a properly sized ball joint pressing tool. Use care not to damage the joint seals.
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  11. Remove the cotter pin from the lower arm ball joint and the castle nut. Remove the lower control arm from the knuckle using the ball joint pressing tool.
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  13. Remove the cotter pin from the upper arm ball joint and the castle nut. Remove the upper arm from the knuckle using the ball joint pressing tool.
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  15. Remove the knuckle and hub by sliding the assembly off of the halfshaft.
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  17. To remove the hub from the knuckle, remove the 4 self-locking bolts from the back of the knuckle. Remove the 4 bolts from the hub to remove the brake disc.
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Any time the hub and bearing are separated, the wheel bearing must be replaced with a new one.

  1. The bearing can be pressed off the hub with a hydraulic press. The inner race of the outer row will stay on the hub and can be removed with a bearing puller.
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To install:
  1. Clean all parts and examine for wear. A worn or damaged hub will cause premature bearing failure and should be replaced.
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  3. When pressing on a new bearing, be sure to press only on the inner race or the bearing will be damaged.
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  5. Install the brake disc and torque the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Do not over torque or the disc will warp.
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  7. Make sure the splash guard is installed on the knuckle. Install the hub assembly and torque the self-locking bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). Do not over torque or the hub will be distorted.
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  9. Install the knuckle in the reverse order of removal. Torque the lower ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm) and tighten as required to install a new cotter pin.
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  11. Torque the upper ball joint nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and tighten as required to install a new cotter pin. Torque the tie rod end to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm) and tighten as required to install a new cotter pin.
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  13. With the wheel installed and all 4 wheels on the ground, torque the spindle nut to 180 ft. lbs. (243 Nm) and stake it in place.
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