REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. If so equipped, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as described in Chassis Electrical .
- Remove the wheel cover or hubcap from the front wheel and then remove the center cap.
- Pull out the 4mm cotter pin and loosen but do not remove the spindle nut. Loosen the lugnuts.
- Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands. Double check the stand placement and the security of the support.
- Remove the wheel lug nuts and the wheel.
- Pry up the lock tabs and remove the large spindle nut.
- Drain the transaxle.
- Using a ball joint separator, remove the lower arm ball joints from the knuckle. Disconnect the tie rods from the steering knuckle.
- On cars using a lower control arm, disconnect the stabilizer bar retaining bolts and free the bar.
- On later cars with the "wishbone" suspension, remove the damper fork bolt and the damper pinch bolt.
- To remove the halfshaft, hold the knuckle and move it outwards while sliding the shaft out of the hub.
- At the inboard or transaxle end, pry the CV-joint out about 1 / 2 in. (13mm). Prying the axle outward causes an internal snapring to come out of its locking groove. Pry carefully to avoid damaging the oil seal.
- Carefully pull the inboard side of the driveshaft out of the differential case.
- Replace the snapring on the inboard end of the axle.
- Install the inner end of the axle to the transaxle. The splined fitting and clip must fit all the way into position; the clip will engage with a noticeable click. Double check it by prying lightly against it; don't pull on the CV-joint to test it.
- Pull the front hub outward and install the outer end of the halfshaft.
Reassemble the suspension and steering ball joints. Use new cotter pins and new self-locking nuts for each fitting. Tighten the individual components as follows:
1984-85 Accord: Stabilizer bar bolts, 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm); lower ball joint 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm); tie rod castle nut, 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
- Install the washer and a new spindle nut. Tighten the nut very snug but do not attempt to achieve final torque with the vehicle elevated.
- Install the wheel. Lower the vehicle to the ground.
Tighten the spindle nut. Correct torque for the spindle nut is:
1984-89 Accord: 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm)
- Use a drift or punch to deform the ring on the spindle nut into the groove in the axle. This locks the nut in place.
- Tighten the lug nuts.
- Refill the transaxle.
- If applicable, enable the SRS as described in Chassis Electrical .
- Connect the negative battery cable.
See Figures 5, 6 and 7
- Remove the halfshaft.
- Remove the large retaining band from the inboard boot. Remove the smaller band from the inboard boot and slide the boot off the joint.
- Carefully remove the stub end of the inboard joint. Check the splines for cracks, wear or damage. Check the inside bore for any sign of wear.
- Remove and discard the snapring from the end of the halfshaft. This will allow removal of the spider assembly.
- Mark the rollers, spider and the stub end of the axle so that all parts may be reassembled in the same position. Remove the rollers from the spider.
- Remove the second snapring from the shaft. Remove the joint boot. If equipped, remove the dynamic damper from the shaft.
- If the outer joint's boot is to be replaced, remove the boot clamps and slide the boot off the joint, then off the shaft. Hold the outer joint and swivel the end. If the joint is noisy, it must be replaced. The replacement joint will come with a new shaft; the inner joint must be assembled onto the shaft.
- Clean and inspect all disassembled parts. Any sign of wear requires replacement.
- Thoroughly pack the inboard and outboard joints with moly grease. Use only moly grease; other lubricants will not last. Wrap the splines of the shaft in vinyl or electrical tape to protect the boots as they are installed.
- Slide the boot for the outer joint over the shaft and onto the joint. Do not install the bands yet.
- Slide the inner boot onto the shaft. Install the dynamic damper if it was removed.
- Install the inboard snapring on the shaft. Install the rollers and bearing races on the spider shafts. Hold the shaft upright, then slide the spider assembly into the inboard shaft joint. Install the outer snapring.
- Slide the boots over both joints. Position the small end of the boot so that the band will be centered between the locating humps on the shaft. Install the band; bend both sets of locking tabs. Once the band is in place, expand and compress the boots once or twice; allow the boots to return to their normal size and length.
Adjust the length of the halfshaft by properly positioning the boots. When the shaft is at the correct length, adjust the boots to halfway between full extension and full compression. Correct shaft lengths are:
1984-85 Accord-Right: 19.3-19.5 in. (496-500.5mm). Left, manual trans: 30.3-30.5 in. (779-783.5mm). Left, automatic trans: 30.7-30.8 in. (787-791.5mm).
- Install new boot bands on the large ends of the boots. Be sure to bend both sets of locking tabs. Lightly tap the doubled-over portion of the band(s) to reduce the height. Do NOT hit the boot.
- Position the dynamic damper so that it is 0.1-1.2 in. (3-7mm) from the CV-boot. Install a new retaining band in the same fashion as the boot bands.
- Install a new snapring on the inboard end of the joint, then install the halfshaft.