Honda CRV/Odyssey 1995-2000 Repair Information

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Loosen the front wheel nuts 1 / 2 turn.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front tire/wheel assembly
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  7. On CRV and 4-cylinder Odyssey models, perform the following:
    1. Disconnect the lower sway bar link.
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    3. Remove the strut fork through bolt.
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  9. On 4-cylinder Odyssey models, remove the radius rod-to-control arm fasteners.
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  11. Loosen the lower ball joint flange nut, then using a suitable ball joint removal tool, disconnect the ball joint from the control arm.
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  13. Remove the lower control arm bushing fasteners, then remove the control arm.
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To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following steps and tightening specifications:
    1. On CRV and 4-cylinder Odyssey models, perform the following:

      Lubricate the lower control arm bushings with silicone grease
       
      Replace the strut fork-to-control arm flange nut and torque the nut and through bolt to: 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
       
      Install the lower ball joint castle nut using a new cotter pin and torque to: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
       

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    3. On CRV models, tighten the control arm retainers, as follows:

      Front flange bolt: 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm)
       
      Rear bushing bracket bolts: 66 ft. lbs. (89 Nm)
       
      Rear busing self-locking nut (replace): 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm)
       

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    5. On 4-cylinder Odyssey models, tighten the control arm front flange bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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    7. On V6 Odyssey models, tighten the control arm retainers, as follows:

      Front and rear flange bolts: 69 ft. lbs. (93 Nm)
       
      Rear bushing bracket bolts: 66 ft. lbs. (89 Nm)
       
      Install the lower ball joint castle nut using a new lock pin and torque to: 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-69 Nm)
       

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    9. Torque the lug nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)
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See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Loosen the fork through bolt flange nut, then tap on the nut using a plastic hammer to loosen and remove the through bolt- CRV shown



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a ball joint/tie rod end removal tool to remove the lower ball joint assembly- CRV shown



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Fig. Fig. 3: If the ball joint spindle spins when trying to install a new flange nut, temporarily install a C-clamp to hold the tapered portion of the spindle seated into the control arm. Then, tighten the flange nut

CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT



With exception of the rear control arm bushing on the CRV models, if a control arm bushing is worn or damaged the control arm assembly must be replaced. To replace the rear control arm bushing, proceed as follows:

  1. Remove the front lower control arm bushing flange bolt.
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  3. Remove the rear lower control arm bushing self-locking nut.
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  5. Remove the rear lower control arm bushing bracket.
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  7. Remove the rear lower control arm bushing from the control arm spindle.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Refer to the control arm installation procedures for tightening specifications.
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