Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Loosen the lower control arm-to-chassis bolt.



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Fig. Once loosened, pull the bolt out with you fingers



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Fig. After the bolt is removed, you can remove the lower control arm



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Fig. View of the lower control arm, once removed from the vehicle

  1. Loosen the front wheel nuts 1 / 2 turn.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front tire/wheel assembly
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  7. Disconnect the lower sway bar link.
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  9. Remove the strut fork through bolt.
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  11. Remove the radius rod-to-control arm fasteners.
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  13. Loosen the lower ball joint flange nut.
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  15. Using a suitable ball joint removal tool, separate the ball joint from the control arm.
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  17. Remove the lower control arm bushing fasteners, then remove the control arm.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, noting the following steps and tightening specifications:
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Lubricate the lower control arm bushings with silicone grease

  1. Replace the strut fork-to-control arm flange nut, then torque the nut and through bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm)
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  3. Install the lower ball joint castle nut using a new cotter pin, then torque to 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
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  5. Tighten the control arm retainers, as follows:

    Front flange bolt: 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm)
     
    Rear bushing bolts: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
     

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  7. Torque the lug nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)
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CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT





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Fig. Using an industrial press to remove the control arm bushings



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Fig. Some ball joint removal tools are equipped to also press control arm bushings out


CAUTION
When replacing control arm bushings, use caution, stay alert at all times and wear proper eye protection to avoid an accident.

The bushings on the front lower control arms are replaceable on most models.

This procedure requires the use of a press and may be above the skill range of the average driveway enthusiast. It is recommended that this procedure be done by a qualified machine shop if you are not skilled in the proper use of a press.

  1. Remove the lower control arm that is in need of new bushings.
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It is recommended that both the left and right lower control arm bushings be replaced at the same time. The vehicle's handling may become unstable if there are new bushings on one side of the car and worn ones on the other.

  1. Set up the control arm in a suitable shop press.
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  3. Using an impact socket of the correct length and size, press out the old bushing.
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  5. Install the new bushing by slowly using the press to push it into the control arm.
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WARNING
Excessive force could cause the bushing to bend or tear so be careful.

  1. Once the bushing is properly seated in the control arm, remove the arm from the press and install it on the vehicle.
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