Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Rear Wheel Bearings

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REPLACEMENT



All Models
  1. Slightly loosen the rear lug nuts. Raise the car and support safely on jackstands.
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  3. Release the parking brake. Remove the rear wheels.
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  5. Remove the rear bearing hub cap and cotter pin and pin holder.
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  7. Remove the spindle nut, then pull the hub and drum off the spindle.
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  9. Drive the outboard and inboard bearing races out of the hub. Punch in a criss-cross pattern to avoid cocking the bearing race in the bore.
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  11. Clean the bearing seats thoroughly before going on to the next step.
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  13. Using a bearing driver, drive the inboard bearing race into the hub.
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  15. Turn the hub over and drive the outboard bearing race in the same way.
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To install:
  1. Check to see that the bearing races are seated properly.
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  3. 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.
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  5. Pack the inside of the hub with a moderate amount of grease. Do not overload the hub with grease.
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  7. Apply a small amount of grease to the spindle and to the lip of the inner seal before installing.
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  9. Place the inboard bearings into the hub.
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  11. Apply grease to the hub seal, and carefully tap into place. Tap in a criss-cross pattern to avoid cocking the seal in the bore.
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  13. Slip the hub and drum over the spindle, then insert the outboard bearing, hub, washer, and spindle nut.
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  15. Follow the procedures below under, Adjustment.
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ADJUSTMENT



  1. Apply grease or oil on the spindle nut and spindle threads.
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  3. Install and tighten the spindle nut to 18 ft. lbs. and rotate the drum/disc 2-3 turns by hand, then retighten the spindle nut to 18 ft. lbs.
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  5. Repeat the above step until the spindle nut holds that torque.
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  7. Loosen the spindle nut to 0 ft. lbs.
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Loosen the nut until it just breaks free, but doesn't turn.

  1. Retorque the spindle nut to 4 ft. lbs.
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  3. Set the pin holder so the slots will be as close as possible to the hole in the spindle.
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  5. Tighten the spindle nut just enough to align the slot and hole, then secure it with a NEW cotter pin.
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