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

Lower Ball Joint

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INSPECTION



  1. Check ball joint play as follows:
    1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
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    3. Using a dial indicator clamp it onto the lower control arm and place the indicator tip on the steering knuckle, near the ball joint.
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    5. Using a prybar, place it between the lower control arm and the steering knuckle.
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    7. Work the ball joint to check for looseness; if the play exceeds 0.2 in. (0.5 mm), replace the ball joint.
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LUBRICATION



  1. Remove the screw plug from the bottom of the ball joint and install a grease nipple.
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  3. Lubricate the ball joint with NLGI No. 2 multipurpose type grease.
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  5. Remove the nipple and reinstall the screw plug.
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  7. Repeat for the other ball joint.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-87 Models
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Remove the steering knuckle.
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  7. Pry off the snapring and remove the boot.
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  9. Remove the circlip.
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  11. Install a suitable ball joint remover/installer 07965-SB00100, or equivalent, on the ball joint and tighten the ball joint nut.
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  13. Position ball joint remover base 07JAF-SH20200 or equivalent, over the ball joint and then set the assembly in a suitable vise. Press the ball joint out of the knuckle.
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To install:
  1. Place the ball joint in position by hand.
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  3. Install a ball joint remover/installer 07965-SB00100 or suitable equivalent, and ball joint installer base 07965-SB00200 or equivalent, over the ball joint and position in a suitable vise. Press the ball joint in.
  4.  
  5. Install the steering knuckle.
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