Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000

Front And Rear Wheels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Using the supplied wrench to remove the lug nuts

There are four reinforced jacking points located along the lower seam of the Civic and Civic del Sol's rocker panel. The two jack points per side are located behind the front wheel opening, for accessing a front wheel and forward of the rear wheel opening to access a rear wheel.

These jack points can be used to lift the vehicle with the supplied scissors-style jack, or a suitable hydraulic floor jack. If lifting the vehicle using a suitable lift, the lift arms can be placed under the four jack points.


CAUTION
Never compromise safety when lifting and supporting a vehicle. Make sure the equipment being used is rated for the vehicle's weight. Never work underneath a vehicle supported by a jack. Always use a suitable jackstand to support the vehicle's weight. As an added measure of safety, if tire/wheel assembly is being removed from the vehicle to allow a repair procedure to be performed, place the tire/wheel assembly under the vehicle. If the vehicle were accidentally knocked off it's support by an external force, the tire/wheel assembly could protect the vehicle from coming into contact with the ground. When placing a jack or jackstand under a vehicle, never place a finger, hand or other body part between the vehicle and the support or lifting tool. When lifting only one side (left, right, front, or rear) of a vehicle, always set the parking brake and block the wheels remaining in contact with the ground.

  1. Park the vehicle on a hard level surface.
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  3. Remove the jack, tire iron and, if necessary, the spare tire from their storage compartments.
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  5. Locate the reinforced jack point located along the lower seam of the vehicle's rocker panel for the part of the vehicle that is to be lifted.
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This procedure is also covered in the vehicle's owner's manual.

  1. Place the jack in the proper position.
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  3. Apply the parking brake and block the diagonally opposite wheel with a wheel chock or two.
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Wheel chocks may be purchased at your local auto parts store, or a block of wood cut into wedges may be used. If possible, keep one or two of the chocks in your tire storage compartment, in case any of the tires has to be removed on the side of the road.

  1. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, place the selector lever in P or Park; with a manual transaxle, place the shifter in first gear.
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  3. With the tires still on the ground, use the wheel nut tool to loosen the wheel nuts 1 / 2 turn.
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If a nut is stuck, never use heat to loosen it. Damage to the wheel and/or bearings may occur. If the nuts are seized, spray the seized nut with a penetrating lubricant and give it one or two heavy hammer blows directly on the end of the bolt to loosen the corrosion. Be careful, as continued pounding will likely damage the nut, wheel stud, brake drum or rotor. Use a large 1 / 2 inch breaker bar and a six sided 19mm ( 3 / 4 inch) deep well socket if available to increase the mechanical advantage.

  1. Using the jack, raise the vehicle until the tire is clear of the ground. Support the vehicle safely using suitable jackstands.
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  3. Remove the lug nuts, then remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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To install:

  1. Make sure the wheel, hub mating surfaces, and wheel lug studs, are clean and free of all foreign material. Always remove corrosion from the wheel mounting surface and the brake rotor or drum. Failure to do so may cause the wheel to corrode onto the mounting surface or the lug nuts to either seize in place or loosen in service.
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  3. Apply an anti-seize compound the wheel studs.
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  5. Install the tire/wheel assembly, and if equipped install the wheel covers making sure the valve stem protrudes through the proper opening in the cover. Install then hand-tighten the lug nuts.
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  7. Using the lug nut tool, tighten all the lug nuts, in a star shaped crisscross pattern, until they are snug.
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  9. Raise the vehicle and withdraw the jackstand, then lower the vehicle until the tire contacts the ground.
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  11. Using a torque wrench, tighten the lug nuts in a star shaped crisscross pattern to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
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WARNING
Do not overtighten the lug nuts, as this may cause the wheel studs to stretch, break or crossthread and/or cause a brake pulsation due to component warpage.

  1. Remove the jack from under the vehicle, and place the jack and tire tool in their storage compartments. Remove the wheel chock(s).
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  3. If you have removed a flat or damaged tire, place it in the storage compartment of the vehicle and take it to your local repair station to have it fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
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INSPECTION



Inspect the tires for proper inflation, lacerations, puncture marks, nails and other sharp objects. Repair or replace as necessary. Remove any debris that is wedged into the tire's tread, as this could cause an annoying clicking noise when driving. Periodically check the tire tread wear. Uneven wear could be a sign of an alignment related condition. As the tread wear approaches the wear bars on the tire, the tire looses its ability to disperse water when driven in wet weather conditions and could compromise the vehicle's handling and safety.

Check the wheel assemblies for dents, cracks, rust and metal fatigue. Repair or replace as necessary. If a wheel vibration is felt, check the wheel axial and radial run-out and tire balance. A tire which has aged, or has had a severe impact such as from a pot hole, may have an internal belt damage and must be replaced immediately.

To inspect the wheel axial run-out proceed as follows:

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. To measure the axial run-out, place a sturdy object near the wheel that will allow a dial indicator to be attached to it and zero the dial indicator to the side of the rim. To check the axial run-out without a dial indicator use a strong wooden dowel and attach it to a sturdy object and adjust it so that it is almost touching the side of the wheel rim.
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  5. Rotate the wheel and read the dial indicator, or if using the wooden dowel:
    1. Watch to see if the wheel moves in and out from the dowel.
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    3. If it does move in and out, adjust the dowel such that it is just barely touching the side of the wheel.
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    5. Rotate the wheel until the wheel moves furthest away from the dowel.
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    7. Measure the distance with a feeler gauge or a small ruler. The maximum movement (service limit) allowed is 0.080 inches (2.0mm). Note 0.080 inches is just a little over 1 / 16 of an inch.
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  7. Next measure the radial run-out. Zero the dial indicator downward on the rim, or adjust the dowel such that it is just above the inside of the rim.
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  9. Rotate the wheel and read the dial indicator, or if using the wooden dowel:
    1. Watch to see if the wheel moves up and down from the dowel.
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    3. If it does move up and down, adjust the dowel such that it is just barely touching the inside of the wheel.
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    5. Rotate the wheel until the wheel moves furthest away from the dowel.
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    7. Measure the distance with a feeler gauge or a small ruler. The maximum movement (service limit) allowed is 0.060 inches (1.5mm). Note 0.060 inches is just a less than 1 / 16 of an inch.
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  11. If the wheel is beyond the service limit, replace the wheel, or have it straightened.
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