Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Struts

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Accord


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Fig. Remove the cap, then unfasten the upper damper mounting nuts



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Fig. Exploded view of the lower damper mounting bolt



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Fig. Remove the lower strut mounting bolt with a closed end wrench



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Fig. View of the rear damper

  1. Fold the rear seat forward and remove the side bolster cushions. The side bolster cushions are secured by a screw at the bottom and two clips at the top.
  2.  
  3. Remove the strut mount cap. Remove the upper strut mounting nuts.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the rear wheels.
  8.  
  9. Support the knuckle with a floor jack.
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  11. Remove the strut mounting bolt, carefully lower the jack, and remove the strut.
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To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when installing the strut.

  1. Fit the strut into the upper mount. Only hand-tighten the upper mounting nuts.
  2.  
  3. Fit the strut into position on the knuckle. Install the mounting bolt.
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  5. Place a jack under the lower strut mount. Raise the jack until the weight of the vehicle is on the jack.
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  7. With the suspension under load, tighten the lower mount bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm). Tighten the upper nuts to 28 ft. lbs.(39 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the rear wheel. Lower the vehicle to the ground.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the rear seat side bolsters and fold the seat back into place.
  14.  
  15. Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.
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Prelude
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the trunk side trim and remove the 2 top strut nuts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper ball joint cover.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin and upper ball joint nut.
  8.  
  9. Fit a 10mm nut on the ball joint and separate the ball joint and the knuckle by using a ball joint removal tool.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower strut mounting bolt and lower the suspension.
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  13. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
  14.  

To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when installing the rear struts.

  1. Install the strut and loosely install the lower mounting bolt. Do not tighten.
  2.  
  3. Install the upper strut mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the upper arm and knuckle and tighten the castle nut to 29-35 ft. lbs. (40-48 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the upper ball joint cover.
  8.  
  9. Raise the rear suspension with a floor jack until the weight is on the strut.
  10.  
  11. Tighten the lower strut mounting bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Install the rear wheels and lower the vehicle.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the rear wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Check and adjust the vehicle's rear wheel alignment.
  18.  

OVERHAUL



Refer to the front strut overhaul procedure.

 
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