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    Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

    Rear Wheel Bearings

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    REPLACEMENT




    CAUTION
    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.

    1984-85 Accord and 1984-87 Prelude

    See Figures 1, 2 and 3

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the rear lug nuts slightly. Raise the car and support safely on jackstands.
    4.  
    5. Release the parking brake. Remove the rear wheels.
    6.  
    7. Remove the rear bearing hub cap, cotter pin and pin holder.
    8.  
    9. If equipped with disc brakes, remove the caliper.
    10.  
    11. Remove the spindle nut, then pull the hub and drum/disc off the spindle.
    12.  
    13. Drive the outboard inboard bearing races out of the hub using a brass drift. Punch in a crisscross pattern to avoid cocking the bearing race in the bore.
    14.  
    15. Clean the bearing seats thoroughly.
    16.  
    17. Drive the inboard bearing race into the hub, using a bearing driver.
    18.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Removing and installing the bearing races



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Make sure the inner races are seated properly

    1. Turn the hub over and drive the outboard bearing race in the same way.
    2.  
    3. Check to see that the bearing races are seated properly and not cocked.
    4.  
    5. When fitting new bearings, you must pack them with wheel bearing grease. To do this, place a glob of grease in your left palm. 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 bearings and the cage. Turn the bearing and continue to pull it through the grease until the grease is thoroughly packed between the bearings 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.
    6.  
    7. Pack the inside of the hub with a moderate amount of grease. Do not overload the hub with grease.
    8.  
    9. Apply a small amount of grease to the spindle and to the lip of the inner seal before installing.
    10.  



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Wheel bearing grease must be applied to the shaded areas

    1. Place the inboard bearings into the hub.
    2.  
    3. Apply grease to the hub seal, and carefully tap into place. Tap in a crisscross pattern to avoid cocking the seal in the bore.
    4.  
    5. Slip the drum/disc over the spindle, then insert the outboard bearing, hub, washer, and spindle nut.
    6.  
    7. Tighten the spindle nut to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm). Rotate the drum/disc 2-3 turns by hand, then retighten the spindle nut to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm). Repeat until the spindle nut holds the proper torque after the disc or drum is rotated.
    8.  
    9. Loosen the spindle nut until it just breaks free
    10.  
    11. Retorque the spindle nut to 4 ft. lbs. (6 Nm).
    12.  
    13. Set the pin holder so the slots will be as close as possible to the hole in the spindle.
    14.  
    15. Tighten the spindle nut just enough to align the slot and hole, then secure it with a new cotter pin.
    16.  

    1986-95 Accord and 1992-95 Prelude

    See Figures 4, 5 and 6

    The rear wheel bearings on these models are part of a sealed hub unit. If replacement of the bearings is necessary, the entire hub unit must be replaced.

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the rear lug nuts and the spindle nut. Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
    4.  
    5. Release the parking brake and remove the rear wheel.
    6.  
    7. If equipped with disc brakes, remove the caliper.
    8.  
    9. Remove the brake disc/drum.
    10.  
    11. Remove the spindle nut cap.
    12.  



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the spindle nut cap using a hammer and small chisel

    1. Remove the stake on the spindle nut.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the stake on the spindle nut before attempting to remove the nut

    1. Remove the spindle nut and pull the hub unit off of the spindle.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the spindle nut, then pull the hub unit off of the spindle

    1. Install in reverse order of removal. Thread a new nut onto the spindle and tighten until just snug. With the vehicle on the ground, torque the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm), then stake the nut.
    2.  
    3. Connect the negative battery cable.
    4.  

    1988-91 Prelude

    See Figures 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

    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.

    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2.  
    3. Loosen the rear lug nuts slightly. Raise the vehicle and support it safely.
    4.  
    5. Release the parking brake. Remove the rear wheel.
    6.  
    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; support it with a length of wire.
    8.  
    9. Remove the two 6mm screws from the brake disc. Tighten two 8 x 12mm bolts into the holes of the brake disc, then remove the brake disc from the rear hub.
    10.  
    11. Remove the cotter pin from the lower control arm on 2-wheel steering vehicles, or the tie rod on 4-wheel steering vehicles. Remove the castle nut.
    12.  
    13. Separate the tie rod ball joint using a ball joint removal tool.
    14.  
    15. Remove the cotter pin and the lower arm ball joint nut.
    16.  
    17. Separate the ball joint and lower arm using a puller.
    18.  
    19. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut. Separate the upper ball joint using a ball joint removal tool. Remove the knuckle assembly from the vehicle.
    20.  
    21. Remove the rear hub spindle nut from the rear hub.
    22.  



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    Fig. Fig. 7: The rear hub nut must be removed before the hub can be pressed from the knuckle

    1. Remove the splash guard mounting bolts.
    2.  
    3. Using a hydraulic press, separate the hub from the knuckle.
    4.  



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    Fig. Fig. 8: Use a press and driver to remove the hub

    Set the rear hub in a base securely so the knuckle will not tilt the assembly in the press. Hold onto the hub to keep it from falling after it is pressed out.

    1. Remove the splash guard and circlip from the knuckle.
    2.  
    3. Using a hydraulic press and proper sized driver, press the wheel bearing out of the knuckle.
    4.  
    5. Remove the bearing inner race using a bearing remover.
    6.  



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    Fig. Fig. 9: Use a puller to remove the inner bearing race

    To install:
    1. Position the rear wheel bearing on the knuckle and apply downward pressure with a hydraulic press.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 10: Installing the rear wheel bearing

    1. After the bearing is pressed into place, fit the circlip into the groove of the knuckle.
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 11: After the bearing is pressed into place, fit the circlip into the groove of the knuckle

    1. Install the splash guard. Place the hub in position, and apply downward pressure with a hydraulic press. Install the rear hub nut and torque the spindle nut to 180 ft. lbs. (250 Nm).
    2.  



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    Fig. Fig. 12: Installing the rear hub

    1. Install the knuckle assembly onto the vehicle, then loosely install all nuts and bolts. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). On vehicles with 4-wheel steering, tighten the tie rod end joint to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
    2.  
    3. When everything is assembled, lower the vehicle and tighten the rubber bushing nuts and bolts with the weight of the vehicle on the wheels. Tighten the upper bushing nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and the lower bushing bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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