Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Upper Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Installed view of the upper control arm with integral ball joint (strut removed for photo only)



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Fig. Use needle-nose pliers to remove the cotter pin from the ball joint. Discard the cotter pin



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Fig. Remove the castle nut with a wrench . . .



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Fig. . . . then separate the upper ball joint with a suitable 2-jawed puller



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Fig. You may have to move the engine mounted fuse box to gain access to the upper control arm bolts on the passenger side of the vehicle



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Fig. Use a closed-end wrench to remove the upper control arm bolts . . .



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Fig. . . . then remove the upper control arm

Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the front wheels. Support the lower control arm assembly with a floor jack.
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  5. Use needle-nose pliers to remove the cotter pin from the ball joint. Discard the cotter pin.
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  7. Remove the castle nut.
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  9. Separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using a ball joint separator tool.
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  11. Remove the self-locking nuts from the upper arm anchor bolts. Remove the upper arm from the vehicle.
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Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced.

To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when installing the upper arm and strut.

  1. Install the upper control arm assembly into the strut tower.
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  3. Connect the upper ball joint.
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  5. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  7. With all four of the vehicle's wheels on the ground, torque the upper control arm nuts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Torque the castle nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm); then, only tighten it only enough to install a new cotter pin.
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  9. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
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  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front end alignment.
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