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

Shock Absorbers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-87 Models

See Figures 1 through 7



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of front suspension components-1984-87 models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Front suspension fastener locations-1984-87 models



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Fig. Fig. 3: Strut removal-1984-87 models

  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Remove the brake hose clamp bolt.
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Fig. Fig. 4: With the vehicle supported, begin shock absorber removal by detaching the brake hose clamp

  1. Using a floor jack, place it beneath the lower control arm to support it.
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Fig. Fig. 5: The lower control arm (directly under the brake rotor) is supported by a floor jack

  1. Remove the lower shock absorber retaining bolt from the steering knuckle, then slowly lower the jack.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the lower shock retaining bolt to free the lower portion of the damper


WARNING
Be sure the jack is positioned securely beneath the lower control arm at the ball joint. Otherwise, the tension from the torsion bar may cause the lower control arm to suddenly "jump" away from the shock absorber as the pinch bolt is removed.

  1. Compress the shock absorber by hand, then remove the two upper lock nuts and shock absorber.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Once detached, the shock absorber can be removed for inspection or replacement

  1. Perform the inspection procedure following or replace the damper.
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  3. To install, take note of the following:
    1. Use new self-locking nuts on the top of the shock absorber assembly mount and tighten to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm). Install a new self-locking nut on the shock absorber shaft, tighten it to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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    3. With the floor jack under the steering knuckle,carefully raise it to allow proper re-insertion of the damper tube into the steering knuckle and tighten the lower pinch bolt to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
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    5. Install and tighten the brake hose clamp to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  5. Install the wheel/tire assembly, then perform the following inspection procedure, if satisfied, road test for proper function.
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INSPECTION



See Figure 8

  1. Check for wear or damage to bushings.
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  3. Check for oil leaks from the shock absorbers.
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  5. Check all rubber parts for wear or damage.
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  7. Bounce the vehicle to check shock absorbing effectiveness. The vehicle should continue to bounce for no more than two cycles.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Checking the strut operation-1984-87 models

 
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