Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000

Upper Control Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. View of the upper control arm

Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the front wheels. Support the lower control arm assembly with a floor jack.
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  5. Separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using a ball joint separator tool.
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  7. Remove the self-locking nuts from the upper arm anchor bolts. Remove the upper arm from the vehicle.
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Do not disassemble the upper arm. If the ball joint or bushings are faulty, or the upper arm is damaged, the entire upper arm must be replaced.

To install:

Use new self-locking nuts when installing the upper arm and strut.

  1. Install the upper control arm assembly into the strut tower.
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  3. Connect the upper ball joint.
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  5. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  7. With all four of the vehicle's wheels on the ground, torque the upper control arm nuts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Torque the castle nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm); then, only tighten it enough to install a new cotter pin.
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  9. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
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  11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front end alignment.
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CONTROL ARM BUSHING REPLACEMENT




CAUTION
Use caution, stay alert at all times and wear proper eye protection to avoid an accident.

The bushings on the front lower control arms are replaceable on most models.

This procedure requires the use of a press and may be above the skill range of the average driveway enthusiast. It is recommended that this procedure be done by a qualified machine shop if you are not skilled in the proper use of a press.

  1. Remove the lower control arm that is in need of new bushings.
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It is recommended that both the left and right lower control arm bushings be replaced at the same time. The vehicles handling may become unstable if there are new bushings on one side of the car and worn ones on the other.

  1. Set up the control arm in a press.
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  3. Using a impact socket of the correct length and size, press out the old bushing.
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  5. Install the new bushing by slowly using the press to push it into the control arm.
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WARNING
Excessive force could cause the bushing to bend or tear so be careful.

  1. Once the bushing is properly seated in the control arm, remove the arm from the press and install it on the vehicle.
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