Honda_Cr-V_2001-2006

Steering Knuckle

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Removal & Installation



2001 Models
  1. Using a suitable sized chisel, lift the lock tab of the front axle spindle nut from the groove in the spindle.
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  3. Loosen and remove the front axle spindle nut.
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  5. Loosen the wheel lug nuts 1 / 2 turn.
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  7. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  9. Remove the tire/wheel assembly.
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  11. Remove the brake hose and caliper mounting bolts and place the caliper assembly aside supported by mechanic-s wire to prevent the hydraulic hose from being damaged.
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  13. Remove the ABS wheel sensor bolts and remove the wheel sensor.
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  15. Remove the cotter key from the tie rod end spindle, and remove the castle nut, then using a tie rod end removal tool, remove the tie rod end from the knuckle.
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  17. Remove the cotter key from the lower ball joint spindle, then loosen and remove the castle nut and release the ball joint from the lower control arm.
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  19. Remove the cotter key from the upper ball joint spindle, then loosen and remove the castle nut and release the ball joint from the upper control arm.
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  21. Pull the knuckle away from the vehicle. If necessary, use a plastic hammer to tap on the spindle to help release it from the hub splines.
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  23. Using a hydraulic press and suitable press tools, remove the front hub/bearing assembly.
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  25. Remove the splash guard.
    NOTE
    Carefully inspect the lug bolt studs. If they have been damaged, replace them while the hub is removed from the knuckle.



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    Fig. Drive the lock tab upward out of the groove in the spindle before removing the nut



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    Fig. With the center cap removed, removed, loosen and remove the spindle flange nut



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    Fig. Loosen the spindle from the hub splines by driving it inward using a plastic hammer, or a suitable tapered punch and hammer



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    Fig. After removing the cotter key, loosen and remove the tie rod end castle nut. When reinstalling, use a new cotter key



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    Fig. Use a tie rod end removal tool to release the tie rod from the steering knuckle



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    Fig. Remove the ABS wheel sensor fasteners, then lift the sensor away from the knuckle



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    Fig. Use a hand impact driver to remove the Phillips screws that hold the brake rotor to the wheel hub



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    Fig. Thread two 8 x 1.25mm bolts into the brake rotor two turns at a time to push it off the hub



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    Fig. When reinstalling the tie rod end into the knuckle, use a pair of locking pliers to keep the tapered spindle seated and from spinning freely



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    Fig. Install a new axle spindle nut, tighten it to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm), then stake the nut into the spindle groove

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To install:

  1. Install the splash guard.
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  3. Install the wheel bearing, snapring and hub.
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  5. The balance of installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, making note of the following points and specifications:

    Upper ball joint torque: 29-35 ft. lbs. (39-47 Nm), install using a new cotter pin
     
    Lower ball joint torque: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm), install using a new cotter pin
     
    Tie rod end: 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm), install using a new cotter pin
     
    ABS sensor fasteners: 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm)
     
    Brake rotor mounting screws: 82 inch lbs. (9.3 Nm)
     
    Brake caliper bolt: 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)
     
    Lug nuts: 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)
     
    Axle spindle nut: 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm), stake nut afterwards
     

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2002-06 Models

Refer to the Wheel Hub & Bearing procedure.

 
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