Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Front Hub and Bearings

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CAUTION
Brake shoes contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

Except 1982-83 Civic, 1983 Accord and 1982-83 Prelude

The following procedure for the Honda wheel bearing removal and installation necessitates the use of an hydraulic press. You will have to go to a machine or auto shop equipped with a press. DO NOT attempt this procedure without a press.

  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the front wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the caliper assembly from the brake disc. Separate the tie rod ball joint and lower ball joint from the knuckle.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Front steering knuckle assembly-1982 Civic



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Fig. Fig. 2: Front steering knuckle assembly-1983 Prelude

  1. Loosen the front strut-to-steering knuckle bolt. Using a hammer, tap the top of the steering knuckle and slide it off the shock. Remove the steering knuckle/hub assembly by sliding the driveshaft out of the hub.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel bearing dust cover on the inboard side of the steering knuckle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake disc-to-hub bolts. Remove the splashguard screws and the splashguard.
  6.  
  7. Remove the outer bearing retainer.
  8.  
  9. Using the Special tool No. 07965-6340300 or two support plates and a hydraulic press, support the steering knuckle and remove the wheel bearings. Make sure that the plates do not overlap the outer bearing race. Using the Driver tool No. 07947-6340400 and Handle tool No. 07949-6110000, remove the bearings.
  10.  

Whenever the wheel bearings are removed, always replace with a new set of bearings and outer dust seal.

  1. Using wheel bearing grease, pack each bearing before installing.
  2.  
  3. Using the Driver tool No. 07947-6340400, the Handle tool No. 07949-6110000 and the Installation Base tool No. 07965-634040, press the bearings into the steering knuckle.
  4.  

The front wheel bearings are the angular contact type. It is important that they be installed with the manufacturer's markings facing inward.

  1. Press to the hub into the steering knuckle.
  2.  
  3. To complete the installation, reverse the removal procedures.
  4.  

CLEANING AND REPACKING
  1. Clean all old grease from the driveshafts spindles on the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove all old grease from the hub/steering knuckle, then, thoroughly dry and wipe clean all components.
  4.  
  5. When fitting new bearings, you must pack them with wheel bearing grease. To do this, place a glob of grease in your palm, then, holding one of the bearings in your other hand, drag the face of the bearing heavily through the grease. This must be done to work as much grease as possible through the ball bearings and the cage. Turn the bearing and continue to pull it through the grease, until the grease is thoroughly packed between the bearing balls and the cage, all around the bearing. Repeat this operation until all of the bearings are packed with grease.
  6.  
  7. Pack the inside of the rotor and knuckle hub with a moderate amount of grease. DO NOT overload the hub with grease.
  8.  
  9. Apply a small amount of grease to the spindle and to the lip of the inner seal before installing.
  10.  
  11. To install the bearings, check the above procedures. Adjust the spindle nut torque.
  12.  

1982-83 Civic

1983 Accord 1982 Prelude

  1. Pry the lock tab away from the spindle, then loosen the nut. Slightly loosen the lug nuts.
  2.  
  3. Raise the front of the car and support it with safety stands. Remove the front wheel and spindle nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove the bolts retaining the brake caliper and remove the caliper from the knuckle. Do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose, support it with a length of wire.
  6.  
  7. Remove the disc brake rotor retaining screws (if so equipped). Screw two 8 x 1.25 x 12mm bolts into the disc brake removal holes, and turn the bolts to push the rotor away from the hub.
  8.  

Turn each bolt only two 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.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin from the lower arm ball joint and remove the castle nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower arm from the knuckle using the ball joint remover.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the lockbolt which retains the strut in the knuckle. Tap the top of the knuckle with a hammer and slide it off the shock.
  8.  
  9. Remove the knuckle and hub, if still attached, by sliding the assembly off the driveshaft.
  10.  
  11. Remove the hub from the knuckle using special tools and a hydraulic press.
  12.  

To Remove the Bearing:
  1. Remove the splash guard and the snapring, then remove the outer bearing.
  2.  
  3. Turn the knuckle over and remove the inboard dust seal, bearing and inner race.
  4.  
  5. Press the bearing outer race out of the knuckle using special tools and a hydraulic press.
  6.  
  7. Remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using special tools and a bearing puller.
  8.  
  9. Remove the outboard dust seal from the hub.
  10.  

Whenever the wheel bearings are removed, always replace them with a new set of bearings and outer dust seal.

To install:
  1. Clean all old grease from the driveshafts and spindles on the car.
  2.  
  3. Remove all old grease from the hub and knuckle and thoroughly dry and wipe clean all components.
  4.  
  5. When fitting new bearings, you must pack them with wheel bearing grease. To do this, place a glob of grease in your left palm, then, holding one of the bearings in your right hand, drag the face of the bearing heavily through the grease. This must be done to work as much grease as possible through the ball bearings and the cage. Turn the bearing and continue to pull it through the grease, until the grease is thoroughly packed between the bearing balls and the cage, all around the bearing. Repeat this operation until all of the bearings are packed with grease.
  6.  
  7. Pack the inside of the rotor and knuckle hub with a moderate amount of grease. Do not overload the hub with grease.
  8.  
  9. Apply a small amount of grease to the spindle and to the lip of the inner seal before installing.
  10.  
  11. To install the bearings, press the bearing outer race into the knuckle using the special tools used as above, plus the installing base tool.
  12.  
  13. Install the outboard ball bearing and its inner race in the knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Install the snapring. Pack grease in the groove around the sealing lip of the outboard grease dust seal.
  16.  
  17. Drive the outboard grease seal into the knuckle, using a seal driver and hammer, until it is flush with the knuckle surface.
  18.  
  19. Install the splash guard, then turn the knuckle upside down and install the inboard ball bearing and its inner race.
  20.  
  21. Place the hub in the special tool fixture, then set the knuckle in position on the press and apply downward pressure.
  22.  
  23. Pack grease in the groove around the sealing lip of the inboard dust seal.
  24.  
  25. Drive the dust seal into the knuckle using a seal driver.
  26.  
  27. The remaining step are the reverse of the removal procedure. Use a new spindle nut, and stake after torquing.
  28.  

1983 Prelude
  1. Pry the lock tab away from the spindle, then loosen the nut. Slightly loosen the lug nuts.
  2.  
  3. Raise the front of the car and support it with safety stands. Remove the front wheel and spindle nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove the bolts retaining the brake caliper and remove the caliper from the knuckle. Do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose, support it with a length of wire.
  6.  
  7. Remove the disc brake rotor retaining screws (if so equipped). Screw two 8 x 1.25 x 12mm bolts into the disc brake removal holes, and turn the bolts to push the rotor away from the hub.
  8.  

Turn each bolt only two 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.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin from the lower arm ball joint and remove the castle nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower arm from the knuckle using the ball joint remover.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin from the upper arm ball joint and remove the castle nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the upper arm from the knuckle using the ball joint remover.
  10.  
  11. Remove the knuckle and hub by sliding the assembly off of the driveshaft.
  12.  
  13. Remove the two back splash guard screws from the knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Remove the hub from the knuckle using special tools and a hydraulic press.
  16.  
  17. Remove the splash guard, dust seal and the snapring, then remove the outer bearing race.
  18.  
  19. Turn the knuckle over and remove the inboard dust seal, bearing and inner race and bearing.
  20.  
  21. Press the bearing outer race out of the knuckle using special tools and a hydraulic press.
  22.  
  23. Remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using special tools and a bearing puller.
  24.  
  25. Remove the outboard dust seal from the hub.
  26.  

Whenever the wheel bearings are removed, always replace with a new set of bearings and outer dust seal.

To install:
  1. Clean all old grease from the driveshafts spindles on the car.
  2.  
  3. Remove all old grease from the hub and knuckle and thoroughly dry and wipe clean all components.
  4.  
  5. When fitting new bearings, you must pack them with wheel bearing grease. To do this, place a glob of grease in your left palm, then, holding one of the bearings in your right hand, drag the face of the bearing heavily through the grease. This must be done to work as much grease as possible through the ball bearings and the cage. Turn the bearing and continue to pull it through the grease, until the grease is thoroughly packed between the bearing balls and the cage, all around the bearing. Repeat this operation until all of the bearings are packed with grease.
  6.  
  7. Pack the inside of the rotor and knuckle hub with a moderate amount of grease. Do not overload the hub with grease.
  8.  
  9. Apply a small amount of grease to the spindle and to the lip of the inner seal before installing.
  10.  
  11. To install the bearings, press the bearing outer race into the knuckle using the special tools used as above, plus the installing base tool.
  12.  
  13. Install the outboard ball bearing and its inner race in the knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Install the snapring. Pack grease in the groove around the sealing lip of the outboard grease dust seal.
  16.  
  17. Drive the outboard grease seal into the knuckle, using a seal driver and hammer, until it is flush with the knuckle surface.
  18.  
  19. Install the splash guard, then turn the knuckle upside down and install the inboard ball bearing and its inner race.
  20.  
  21. Place the hub in the special tool fixture, then set the knuckle in position on the press and apply downward pressure.
  22.  
  23. Pack grease in the groove around the sealing lip of the inboard dust seal.
  24.  
  25. Drive the dust seal into the knuckle using a seal driver.
  26.  
  27. The remaining steps are the reverse of the removal procedure. Use a new spindle nut, and stake after torquing.
  28.  

 
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