Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arms

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
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  3. Raise the vehicle and support it safely. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Properly support the hub and knuckle assembly with a jack. Use a ball joint separator to disconnect the lower arm ball joint. Be careful not to damage the seal.
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  7. Remove the stabilizer bar retaining bolts.
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  9. Remove the bolt securing the damper fork to the control arm.
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  11. Remove the lower arm pivot bolt.
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  13. Remove the lower arm. Check the bushings carefully for wear or deterioration. Replace the bushings if any wear is found. Even if the bushings are not replaced, clean the centers and the bolt shafts.
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  15. Install in reverse order. Tighten the lower control arm to chassis bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  17. Properly enable the SRS system, if equipped, and connect the negative battery cable.
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BUSHING REPLACEMENT



See Figure 1

This procedure requires the use of tool 07NAD-SS00100 or an equivalent bushing removal tool and a hydraulic press.

  1. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle.
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  3. Position the lower arm on the press with the machined surface facing down.
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  5. Adjust the driver so it matches the inner diameter of the bushing hole. Tighten the socket bolt securely.
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Fig. Fig. 1: The driver can be adjusted to match the diameter of the bushing or bushing hole as needed

  1. Position the driver on the bushing, then push the bushing out of the arm using the press.
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To install:
  1. Position the lower arm with the machined side facing up.
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  3. Adjust the driver so it matches with the outer diameter of the bushing.
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  5. Position the driver on the bushing, then push the bushing (using the press) into the arm until the edge of the bushing is flush with the machined surface of the arm.
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  7. Install the lower control arm.
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