Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 and 2

All models, except the 1983 Prelude, use a MacPherson strut type front suspension. Each steering knuckle is suspended by a lower control arm at the bottom and a combined coil spring/shock absorber unit at the top. A front stabilizer bar, mounted between each lower control arm and the body, doubles as a locating rod for the suspension. Caster and camber are not adjustable and are fixed by the location of the strut assemblies in their respective sheet metal towers.

The 1983 Prelude uses a completely redesigned front suspension. A double wishbone system, the lower wishbone consists of a forged transverse link with a locating stabilizer bar. The lower end of the shock absorber has a fork shape to allow the driveshaft to pass through it. The upper arm is located in the wheel well and is twist mounted, angled forward from its inner mount, to clear the shock absorber.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Front suspension (typical of most models)

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Fig. Fig. 2: Front suspension (1983 Prelude)