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

Lower Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-87 Models

See Figures 1, 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 1: Installing the lower control arm-1984-87 models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Special tool used for lower control arm removal-1984-87 models



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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the lower control arm using the special tool-1984-87 models

This procedure requires the use of a special puller designed for the removal of the lower control arm on these vehicles.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the torsion bar height adjuster nut, torque tube hold, bushing and circlip.
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  5. Remove the torsion bar cap. Tap the torsion bar forward and remove the snapring. Tap the torsion bar out of the torque tube.
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  7. Remove the torque tube. Remove the bolt that attaches the lower control arm to the radius arm.
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  9. Using a jack, raise the engine to gain access to the lower arm.
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If you are removing the left side control arm, you will have to move the alternator out of the way. If you are removing the left side on an automatic transaxle equipped car, remove the battery and splash shield, and raise the transaxle. Remove the transaxle mount and install a supporting bracket.

  1. Attach the removal tool to the lower arm and use the tool to pull the control arm off.
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To install:
  1. Install the bushing and control arm onto the installation tool. Align the mark on the bushing with the mark on the frame.
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  3. Using the tool, install the lower arm into position. Turn the tool until the frame and the end of the bushing are flush. Lower the engine and remove any supporting devices.
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  5. Install the torsion bar assembly. Adjust the torsion bar as needed.
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1988-91 Models
  1. Raise the vehicle and support it safely. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Properly support the lower control arm assembly. Disconnect the lower arm ball joint. Be careful not to damage the seal.
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  5. Remove the stabilizer bar retaining brackets, starting with the center brackets.
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  7. Remove the lower arm pivot bolt.
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  9. Disconnect the radius rod and remove the lower arm.
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  11. Install the lower control arm in position. Connect all of the brackets to the control arm.
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  13. Connect the stabilizer bar to the control arm and tighten the nut to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm). Connect the radius bar to the control arm and tighten the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm). Tighten the lower control arm to chassis bolt to 43 ft. lbs. (60 Nm). Connect the damper fork to the control arm and tighten the bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
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