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



1984-87 MODELS

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear suspension components-1984-87 models except 4WD Wagon

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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear suspension components-1984-87 4WD Wagon

All 1984-87 sedan, hatchback and CRX models utilize an independent strut arrangement for the rear wheels. Each suspension unit consists of a combined coil spring/shock absorber strut, a lower control arm and a radius rod.

The 2WD and 4WD Civic Wagon uses a live (or solid) rear axle located by upper and lower fore and aft control arms and a panhard rod. The fore and aft arms keep the axle located fore and aft and vertically. The panhard rod runs from the right side of the axle up to a bushed mounting point on the wagon's body and stabilizes the axle in terms of side-to-side motion. Coil springs which are separate from conventional shock absorbers complete the rear suspension system on the 4WD models and on the 2WD models a coil over damper setup is used.

1988-95 MODELS

See Figures 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 3: Rear suspension components-1988-91 models

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Fig. Fig. 4: Rear suspension components-1992-95 models (notice disc brake)

The 1988-95 models use an independent trailing arm suspension system. Upper and lower controls arms are used to locate a trailing arm which uses a coil-over damper unit to control suspension travel. A unique feature of this suspension system is the compensator arm. This component allows a certain amount of side-to-side movement of the trailing arm, this helps to maintain a better toe angle of the wheel throughout the suspension travel.