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

Control Arms

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-87 4WD Wagon
  1. Remove the control arm outboard and inboard pivot bolts.
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  3. Pull the inboard side of the arm down until it clears the body.
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  5. Slide the arm towards the center of the vehicle until it is free of the hub carrier.
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  7. Check the Bushing at each end of the control arm and the control arm for damage and wear. To install, position the control arm and install the retaining bolts.
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  9. Tighten the control arm retaining bolts to 60 ft. lbs. (83 Nm).
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1988-95 Models

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear suspension fastener locations and torque specifications-1988-91 models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear suspension fastener locations and torque specifications-1992-95 models

TRAILING ARM

CAUTION
When the trailing arms are to be removed with the vehicle raised at both the front and rear, place additional weight in the trunk. The vehicle could otherwise become unbalanced and tip forward.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. On all except Civic Wagon with 4WD, perform the following procedure:
    1. Remove the brake drum or rotor.
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    3. Remove the spindle nut and hub unit.
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    5. Disconnect the parking brake cable and the brake line from the wheel cylinder. Plug the line.
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    7. Remove the brake backing plate.
    8.  

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  7. On 4WD Civic Wagon, remove the brake drum and spindle nut and disconnect the parking brake cable.
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  9. Disconnect the brake hose from the brake line. Plug the line.
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  11. Support the lower control arm or beam axle with a suitable jack.
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  13. Remove the trailing arm bushing mounting bolts.
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  15. Disconnect the upper arm and compensator arm from the trailing arm, if equipped.
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  17. On Civic Wagon with 4WD, remove the rear halfshaft outboard CV-joint from the trailing arm using a suitable puller.
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  19. Remove the trailing arm from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the trailing arm in position.
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Tighten all bolts and nuts with the vehicle on the ground. This will ensure proper tightening.

  1. Install the halfshaft outboard CV-joint, if removed on Civic Wagon.
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  3. Reconnect the upper control arm and compensator arm, if equipped.
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  5. Install the trailing arm bushing bolts. Reconnect all hoses and cables to the trailing arm. Reconnect the brake line.
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  7. Install the backing plate and any brake components.
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  9. Tighten all bolts to the appropriate specifications.
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  11. Bleed the brake system.
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UPPER CONTROL ARM
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Support the lower control arm or rear axle, as necessary.
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  7. Unbolt the 10mm flange bolt that attaches the arm to the body and remove the self-locking bolt that attached the upper arm to the trailing arm.
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  9. Remove the upper control arm mounting bolts and the upper control arm.
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  11. To install, place the bushing side of the control arm to the body and the trailing arm to the end of the control arm.
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  13. Install the wheel and tire assembly and tighten the bolts with the wheels on the ground. Tighten the control arm bolts-to-body to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm), and the control arm-to-trailing arm bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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LOWER CONTROL ARM
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Remove the strut and/or radius rod mounting bolts from the lower control arm, if necessary.
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  7. Remove the lower arm mounting bolts and remove the lower control arm.
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  9. To install, install the lower arm and replace bolts. Replace the wheel and tire. Tighten the bolts with the vehicle on the ground.
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  11. Tighten the lower control arm-to-body bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) and the control arm-to-trailing arm bolt to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
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