Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Front Wheel Hub, Knuckle and Spindle

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-87 Models

See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: Knuckle and hub assembly-1984-87 models

Do not tighten or loosen a spindle nut unless the vehicle is sitting on all four wheels. The torque is high enough to cause the vehicle to topple even when properly supported.

  1. Pry the lock tab away from the spindle, then loosen the nut. Slightly loosen the lug nuts.
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  3. Raise the front of the car and support it with safety stands. Remove the front wheel and spindle nut.
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  5. Remove the bolts retaining the brake caliper and remove the caliper from the knuckle. Do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose, support it with a length of wire.
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  7. Remove the disc brake rotor retaining screws (if so equipped). Screw two 8 x 1.25 x 12mm bolts into the disc brake removal holes, and turn the bolts to push the rotor away from the hub.
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Turn each bolt only two turns at a time to prevent cocking the disc excessively.

  1. Remove the tie rod from the knuckle using a tie rod end removal tool. Use care to not damage the ball joint seals.
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  3. Use a floor jack to support the lower control arm, then remove the cotter pin from the lower arm ball joint and remove the castle nut.
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CAUTION
Be sure to place the jack securely beneath the lower control arm at the ball joint. Otherwise, the tension from the torsion bar may cause the arm to suddenly jump away from the steering knuckle as the ball joint is removed.

  1. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the lower arm ball joint nut half the length of the joint threads. Separate the ball joint and lower the arm using a suitable puller.
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  3. Remove the knuckle protector. Remove the cotter pin and remove the upper ball pin nut. Separate the upper ball joint and knuckle using ball joint remover 07941-6920-2 or equivalent.
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  5. Loosen the pinch bolt which retains the shock absorber in the knuckle. Tap the top of the knuckle with a hammer and slide it off the shock absorber.
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  7. Remove the knuckle and hub, if still attached, by sliding the assembly off of the driveshaft.
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  9. Remove the hub from the knuckle using special tools and a hydraulic press. Bearing Removal:
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  11. Remove the splash guard and the snapring.
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  13. Press the bearing outer race of the knuckle using special tools and a hydraulic press.
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  15. Remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using special tools and a bearing puller.
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Whenever the wheel bearings are removed, always replace with a new set of bearings and outer dust seal.

  1. Clean all old grease from the driveshafts and spindles on the car. Remove the old grease from the hub and knuckle and thoroughly dry and wipe clean all components.
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  3. To install the bearings, press the bearing outer race into the knuckle using the special tools as used above, plus the installing base tool.
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  5. Install the snapring, then install the splash guard.
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  7. Place the hub in the special tool fixture, then set the knuckle in position on the press and apply downward pressure.
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  9. The remaining steps are the reverse of the removal procedure. Use a new spindle nut, and stake after torquing. Tighten the shock absorber pinch bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm), and the ball joint nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm).
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1988-95 Models

See Figures 2 and 3

Do not tighten or loosen a spindle nut unless the vehicle is sitting on all four wheels. The torque is high enough to cause the vehicle to topple even when properly supported.

  1. Pry the spindle nut stake away from the spindle, then loosen the nut.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheel and tire assembly and the spindle nut.
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  7. Remove the caliper mounting bolts and the caliper. Support the caliper out of the way with a length of wire. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake hose.
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  9. Remove the 6mm brake disc retaining screws. Screw two 8 x 1.25 x 12mm bolts into the disc to push it away from the hub.
  10.  

Turn each bolt two turns at a time to prevent cocking the brake disc.

  1. Remove the cotter pin from the tie rod castle nut, then remove the nut. Break the tie rod ball joint using a suitable ball joint remover, then lift the tie rod out of the knuckle.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the lower arm ball joint nut half the length of the joint threads.
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  5. Separate the ball joint and lower arm using a suitable puller with the pawls applied to the lower arm.
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Avoid damaging the ball joint boot. If necessary, apply penetrating type lubricant to loosen the ball joint.

  1. Remove the knuckle protector.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin and remove the upper ball pin nut.
  4.  
  5. Separate the upper ball joint and knuckle using a suitable tool.
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  7. Remove the knuckle and hub by sliding them off the halfshaft.
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  9. Remove the splash guard screws from the knuckle.
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  11. Position the knuckle/hub assembly on a hydraulic press. Press the hub from the knuckle using a suitable driver while supporting the knuckle with a suitable base.
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The bearing must be replaced with a new one after removal.

  1. Remove the 76mm snapring and knuckle ring from the knuckle.
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  3. Press the wheel bearing out of the knuckle using a suitable driver while supporting the knuckle with a suitable base.
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  5. Remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using a suitable bearing puller.
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To install:
  1. Clean the knuckle and hub thoroughly before reassembly.
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  3. Press a new wheel bearing into the hub using a suitable driver while supporting the knuckle with a suitable base.
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  5. Install the 76mm snapring securely in the knuckle groove.
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  7. Install the splash guard and tighten the screws to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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  9. Place the knuckle into position on the hydraulic press and press onto the hub using a suitable driver. The maximum press load should be two tons.
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  11. Install the front knuckle ring on the knuckle.
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  13. Install the knuckle/hub assembly onto the vehicle in the reverse order of the removal procedure. Tighten the upper ball pin nut and tie rod nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and the lower ball joint castle nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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  15. With all four wheels resting on the ground, tighten the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 2: Knuckle and hub assembly-1988-91 models



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Fig. Fig. 3: Knuckle and hub assembly-1992-95 models

 
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