Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Steering Knuckle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-85 Accord
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Pry the lock tab away from the spindle, then loosen the nut. Loosen the lug nuts slightly.
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  5. Raise the front of the car and support it with jackstands. Remove the front wheel and spindle nut.
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  7. Remove the bolts retaining the brake caliper and separate the caliper from the knuckle. Do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose but support it with a length of wire.
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  9. Remove the disc brake rotor retaining screws. 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.
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Turn each bolt only two turns at a time to prevent cocking the disc.

  1. Disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle.
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  3. Remove lower arm ball joint bolt and nut.
  4.  
  5. Separate the lower arm from the knuckle.
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  7. Loosen the lockbolt which retains the strut in the knuckle. Tap the top of the knuckle with a plastic-faced hammer and slide it off the shock.
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  9. Remove the knuckle and hub from the driveshaft.
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To install:
  1. Position the knuckle assembly on the vehicle.
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  3. Install the lower control arm bolt and nut. Install the lockbolt securing the strut to the knuckle. Tighten the control arm bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and the lockbolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
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  5. Connect the tie rod to the knuckle.
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  7. Install the brake disc and caliper.
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  9. Install a new spindle nut on the end of the driveshaft. Tighten the spindle nut snug. When the vehicle is on its wheels on the ground, tighten the spindle nut to 137 ft. lbs. (190 Nm) and stake the nut into the groove.
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1986-89 Accord and 1984-95 Prelude

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
  2.  
  3. Pry the spindle nut stake away from the spindle and loosen the nut.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the wheel and the spindle nut.
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  9. Remove the caliper mounting bolts and the caliper. Support the caliper out of the way with a length of wire. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake hose.
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  11. Remove the 6mm brake disc retaining screws. Screw two 8 x 1.25 x 12mm bolts into the disc to push it away from the hub.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the knuckle and hub assembly

Turn each bolt 2 turns at a time to prevent cocking the brake disc.

  1. On Preludes with anti-lock brakes, remove the bolts securing the wheel sensor and position it aside.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod castle nut, then remove the nut. Separate the tie rod ball joint using a ball joint remover, then lift the tie rod out of the knuckle.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and remove the lower arm ball joint nut and bolt.
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  7. Separate the lower arm from the knuckle.
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  9. Remove the two bolts securing the upper ball joint shield.
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  11. Pry off the cotter pin and remove the upper ball joint nut.
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  13. Separate the upper ball joint and knuckle.
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  15. Remove the knuckle and hub by sliding them off the halfshaft.
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To install:
  1. Install the knuckle/hub assembly on the vehicle. Thread a new nut onto the spindle until it is just snug.
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  3. Tighten the upper ball joint nut and tie rod end nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm). Install new cotter pins. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Install the wheel speed sensor (if equipped). Tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  7. Install the brake disc and caliper.
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  9. Install the wheel.
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  11. With all vehicle resting on the ground, tighten the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm) except on 1990-95 Preludes, where it is tightened to 180 ft. lbs. (250 Nm).
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  13. Properly enable the SRS system, if equipped, and connect the negative battery cable.
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1990-95 Accord

See Figure 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
  2.  
  3. Pry the spindle nut stake away from the spindle, then loosen the nut.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wheel and the spindle nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the caliper mounting bolts and the caliper. Support the caliper out of the way with a length of wire. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake hose.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the knuckle and hub assembly used on 1990-95 Accords

  1. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod castle nut, then remove the nut. Separate the tie rod ball joint using a ball joint remover, then lift the tie rod out of the knuckle.
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  3. Separate the ball joint and lower arm using a puller with the pawls applied to the lower arm.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and the upper ball joint nut. Separate the upper ball joint.
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  7. Remove the knuckle assembly by pulling it off the halfshaft.
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To install:
  1. Install the knuckle/hub assembly on the vehicle. Tighten the upper ball joint nut and the tie rod nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and install new cotter pins. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
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  3. Thread a new nut onto the spindle until it is snug.
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  5. Install the caliper and wheel.
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  7. With the vehicle resting on the ground, tighten the spindle nut to 180 ft. lbs. (250 Nm). After tightening, use a drift to stake the spindle nut shoulder against the spindle.
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  9. Properly enable the SRS system, if equipped, and connect the negative battery cable.
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