Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Rear Wheel Bearings

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To check the wheel bearings for basic problems, jack up each wheel to clear the ground. Hold the wheel and shake it to check the bearings for any play. Also rotate the wheel to check for any roughness. If any play is felt or there is noticeable roughness, the bearing may have to be replaced.

Over tightening the spindle nuts will cause excessive bearing friction. This will result in rough wheel rotation and eventual bearing failure. Therefore, follow the procedures given in Suspension & Steering exactly, using the proper procedures and tools.

CLEANING AND REPACKING



Only the 1984-85 Accord and 1984-87 Prelude use rear wheel bearings which can be serviced. All other rear bearings, and all front wheel bearings, are sealed. The sealed bearings are considered life-of-the-car components and are replaced only in the event of mechanical failure. Procedures for replacing the pressed-in bearings are found in Suspension & Steering .


CAUTION
Servicing the wheel bearings exposes the brake shoes or pads. Brake pads and shoes may 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 brake surfaces. When cleaning brakes, use commercially available brake cleaning fluids.

1984-87 Prelude

See Figures 1 and 2

A torque wrench is REQUIRED for this procedure.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear wheel bearing components used on 1984-87 Preludes

  1. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts slightly. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Release the parking brake. Remove the rear wheel assembly.
  4.  
  5. If equipped, remove the caliper shield. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the caliper. Remove the caliper-to-bracket bolts and suspend the caliper on a wire; do not disconnect the brake hose.
  6.  
  7. Remove the caliper bracket mounting bolts and the bracket.
  8.  
  9. Remove the grease cap, the cotter pin, the castle nut, the spindle nut, the thrust washer and the outer bearing. Pull the rear disc assembly from the spindle.
  10.  
  11. Using a hammer and a drift punch, drive the outer bearing race from the hub of the disc.
  12.  

When removing the bearing races, use a crisscross pattern to avoid cocking the race in the hub bore.

  1. Turn the hub over and drive the inner bearing race and grease seal from the hub; discard the grease seal.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing and installing the Prelude bearing races

To install:
  1. Using solvent, clean the bearings, races and the hub. Allow the components to air dry; never use compressed air to dry the bearing.
  2.  
  3. Using a bearing driver tool of the correct size, such as Honda tool 07749-0010000 and driver attachment tool 07946-6920100 or their equivalents, drive the bearing races evenly into the hub until they seat against the shoulders.
  4.  
  5. Using wheel bearing grease, pack the wheel hub and the wheel bearings. The bearings must be completely and thoroughly packed. Lightly coat the lips of the grease seal. Install the inner bearing into the hub.
  6.  
  7. Using a mallet, tap a new grease seal (using a crisscross method) into the rear of the hub until it is flush with it.
  8.  
  9. To install the hub, fit the outer bearing into the disc. Holding the bearing loosely in place with a thumb, reinstall the disc and bearings onto the hub.
  10.  
  11. Assemble and install the bearing washer and the spindle nut. Tighten the spindle nut just finger-tight.
  12.  
  13. Using the torque wrench, adjust the spindle nut as follows:
    1. Tighten the spindle nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Rotate the brake disc two or three rotations. Retighten the spindle nut. Continue this rotating and tightening process until the spindle nut stays at 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) after the disc is rotated.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the spindle nut. The nut should just break free, but not be turned more than needed.
    4.  
    5. Tighten the nut to 48 inch lbs. (5.5 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Install the castle nut and align a slot with the hole in the spindle.
    8.  

  14.  

If the cotter pin holes do not align, try removing the castle nut and reinstalling it after a slight rotation. If the holes still don't align, tighten the spindle nut slightly until they do.

  1. To complete the installation, fill the grease cap with wheel bearing grease and install it on the disc. Make certain it is firmly and evenly seated.
  2.  
  3. Install the caliper bracket mounting bolts and the bracket. Tighten the caliper bracket mounting bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the caliper and brake pads. Tighten the caliper-to-bracket bolts to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Reconnect the parking brake cable to the caliper.
  8.  
  9. Install the caliper shield if it was removed.
  10.  
  11. Install the wheel and tighten the lug nuts evenly.
  12.  

1984-87 Accord

See Figures 3 and 4

A torque wrench is REQUIRED for this procedure.



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Fig. Fig. 3: Rear wheel bearing components used on 1984-85 Accords

  1. Slightly loosen the rear wheel lug nuts. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Release the parking brake. Remove the rear wheel assembly.
  4.  
  5. Remove the grease cap, the cotter pin, the castle nut, the spindle nut, the thrust washer and the outer bearing. Pull the rear drum assembly from the spindle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the inner grease seal, then remove the inner bearing.
  8.  
  9. Using a hammer and a drift punch, drive the outer bearing race from the drum.
  10.  

When removing the bearing races, use a crisscross pattern to avoid cocking the race in the hub bore.

  1. Turn the drum over and drive the inner bearing race and from the hub; discard the grease seal.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Using solvent, clean the bearings, races and the inner or hub area of the drum. Allow the components to air dry; never use compressed air to dry the bearing.
  2.  
  3. Using a bearing driver tool of the correct size, such as Honda tool 07749-0010000 and driver attachment tool 07947-67101000 or their equivalents, drive the bearing races evenly into the hub until they seat against the shoulders.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing and installing the bearing races on the Accord

  1. Using wheel bearing grease, pack the wheel hub and the wheel bearings. The bearings must be completely and thoroughly packed. Lightly coat the lips of the grease seal. Install the inner bearing into the hub.
  2.  
  3. Using a mallet, tap a new grease seal (using a crisscross method) into the rear of the hub until it is flush with it.
  4.  
  5. To install the hub, fit the outer bearing into the drum. Holding the bearing loosely in place with a thumb, reinstall the drum and bearings onto the hub.
  6.  
  7. Assemble and install the bearing washer and the spindle nut. Tighten the spindle nut just finger-tight.
  8.  
  9. Using the torque wrench, adjust the spindle nut as follows:
    1. Tighten the spindle nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Rotate the brake drum two or three rotations.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the spindle nut. The nut should just break free, but not be turned more than needed.
    4.  
    5. Tighten the nut to 48 inch lbs. (5.5 Nm)
    6.  
    7. Install the castle nut and align a slot with the hole in the spindle.
    8.  

  10.  

If the cotter pin holes do not align, try removing the castle nut and reinstalling it after a slight rotation. If the holes still don't align, tighten the spindle nut slightly until they do.

  1. To complete the installation, fill the grease cap with wheel bearing grease and install it on the disc. Make certain it is firmly and evenly seated.
  2.  
  3. Install the wheel. Hand-tighten the lug nuts.
  4.  
  5. Lower the car to the ground and tighten the lug nuts evenly.
  6.  

 
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