Anytime the ball joint is separated from the knuckle, it should be checked for looseness. If it is loose or can be twisted in the socket by hand, the ball joint must be replaced.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands under the left and right lower control arms, as far outboard and nearest to the ball joint as possible.
- Make sure the vehicle is stable and does not rock on the stands.
- Position a dial indicator against the wheel rim.
- Grasp the front tire and push in on the bottom while pulling out at the top. Read the dial indicator, then reverse the push-pull procedure.
- 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.
- 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.
- Have the front wheel alignment checked and adjusted if necessary.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The upper ball joint cannot be removed from the control arm. If the ball joint is damaged, the upper arm assembly must be replaced.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the front wheel.
See Figures 1 and 2
- If equipped, remove the ball joint nut cover. Remove the cotter pin and the nut connecting the upper control arm to the steering knuckle.
- Support the lower control arm assembly with a floor jack.
- Using a ball joint removal tool, separate the upper control arm from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the upper control arm nuts, washers and the upper control arm from the vehicle.
- Replace all self-locking nuts upon installation. Clean off any dirt, oil or grease off of the threads of the fasteners. Do not tighten any nuts on any rubber mounts or bushings until the vehicle is lowered onto the ground.
- Install the upper control arm and mounting bolts to the chassis. The upper control arms are not interchangeable.
- Raise the steering knuckle up with a floor jack, just enough to install the upper control arm ball joint into the steering knuckle. Tighten the ball joint nut to 29-35 ft. lbs. (39-47 Nm).
- Tighten the castle nut enough to install a new cotter pin. If removed, install the ball joint nut cover.
- Install the front wheels, lower the vehicle, and tighten the nuts connecting the upper control arm to the chassis to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
- Check the wheel alignment and road test the vehicle.