Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Front Hub and Bearing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



The use special tools or their equivalent is required for these procedures. A hydraulic press, correct diameter drivers and supports are required for disassembly of the hub and bearing. If necessary, take the knuckle assembly to a machine shop or dealership to have the bearings replaced.

1984-85 Accord

See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

  1. Remove the knuckle assembly from the vehicle.
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  3. Press the hub from the knuckle using the proper sized drivers and a hydraulic press.
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  5. Remove the bolts securing the splash guard.
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  7. Remove the snapring, then remove the outer bearing.
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  9. Turn the knuckle over and remove the inboard dust seal, bearing and inner race.
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  11. Press the bearing outer race out of the knuckle using the proper sized driver and a hydraulic press.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The outer race is removed using a hydraulic press

  1. Remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using a bearing puller.
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  3. Remove the outboard dust seal from the hub.
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Whenever the wheel bearings are removed, they must be replaced with a new set of bearings and outer dust seal. They cannot be reused.

  1. Clean any old grease from the driveshafts and spindles on the car.
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  3. Clean any old grease from the hub and knuckle and thoroughly dry and wipe clean all components.
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To install:
  1. When fitting new bearings, you must pack them with wheel bearing grease. To do this:
    1. Place a glob of grease in your left palm.
    2.  
    3. 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.
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    5. 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. You'll be able to see grease emerging from the clean side of the bearing if the lubricant is going all the way through. Repeat this operation until all of the bearings are completely packed with grease.This messy job can be made much easier with the use of a bearing packer. This handy tool fits tightly over the bearing; grease is injected with a grease-gun. If this system is used, make very certain that the grease is evenly distributed and the bearing is completely packed.
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  3. Press the bearing outer race into the knuckle using the tools used above, plus an installation base. Do not exceed 2.5 tons of pressure with the press.
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  5. Install the outboard ball bearing and its inner race in the knuckle.
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  7. Install the snapring. Pack grease in the groove around the sealing lip of the outboard grease dust seal.
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Fig. Fig. 2: During installation, be sure the snapring is securely in place

  1. Drive the outboard grease seal into the knuckle, using a seal driver and mallet, until it is flush with the knuckle surface.
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  3. Install the splash guard, then turn the knuckle upside down and install the inboard ball bearing and its inner race.
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  5. Pack grease in the groove around the sealing lip of the inboard dust seal.
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  7. Drive the dust seal into the knuckle using a seal driver.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Carefully drive the dust seal into place

  1. Place the hub in the press holder; set the knuckle in position on the press and apply downward pressure. Do not exceed 2 tons of pressure during installation.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Installing the hub onto the knuckle

  1. Install the knuckle assembly on the vehicle.
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1986-89 Accord and 1984-95 Prelude

See Figures 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

  1. Remove the knuckle assembly from the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the splash guard screws from the knuckle.
  4.  
  5. Position the knuckle/hub assembly in a hydraulic press. Press the hub from the knuckle using a driver of the proper diameter. Be sure to support the knuckle when pressing the hub off.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Press the hub from the knuckle using a driver of the proper diameter (be sure to support the knuckle)

The bearing must be replaced with a new one after removal. It cannot be reused.

  1. Remove the splash guard and snapring from the knuckle.
  2.  
  3. Press the wheel bearing out of the knuckle while supporting the knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Support the knuckle, then press the bearing out

  1. Remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using a bearing puller.
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Fig. Fig. 7: A puller is required to remove the outer bearing race

To install:
  1. Clean the knuckle and hub thoroughly.
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  3. Press a new wheel bearing into the knuckle using a driver while supporting the knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Support the knuckle, then press in the new bearing

  1. Install the snapring.
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  3. Install the splash shield tightening the screws until snug.
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  5. Press the knuckle onto the hub using a proper sized driver and hydraulic press.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Support the hub, then press the knuckle onto the hub

  1. Install a new seal on the knuckle.
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  3. Install the knuckle assembly on the vehicle.
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1990-95 Accord

See Figures 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

  1. Remove the knuckle assembly from the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the four bolts and remove the knuckle from the hub unit.
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Fig. Fig. 10: The knuckle is secured to the hub by four bolts

  1. Remove the splash guard from the knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 11: The splash guard is secured by a series of screws

  1. Remove the four bolts and separate the hub unit from the brake disc.
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Fig. Fig. 12: Remove the four bolts securing the hub to the brake disc

  1. Position the hub unit on a hydraulic press. Support the wheel bearing assembly and press the hub out of the assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 13: Press the hub out of the bearing assembly as shown

  1. Remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using a bearing puller.
  2.  

The wheel bearing must be replaced with a new one after removal.

To install:
  1. Clean the knuckle and hub thoroughly.
  2.  
  3. Position the hub in a hydraulic press. Press a new wheel bearing into the hub using a driver of the proper diameter.
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Fig. Fig. 14: Press a new wheel bearing into the hub using a driver of the proper diameter

  1. Install the hub on the brake disc and tighten the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  3. Install the splash guard. Tighten the bolts until just snug.
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  5. Install the knuckle on the hub; tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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  7. Install the knuckle assembly on the vehicle.
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