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    Honda Prelude Accord Civic S2000 2001-2006

    Wheel Bearings

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    Adjustment



    The wheel bearings are not adjustable or repairable and should be replaced if found defective.

    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2.  
    3. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front tires.
    4.  
    5. Install suitable flat washers and wheel nuts, and tighten the nuts to 79.6 ft. lbs. (108 Nm), to hold the brake disc securely against the hub.
    6.  
    7. Attach a dial gauge against the hub flange. Bearing end play should be 0-0.002 inch (0-0.05mm).
    8.  
    9. On 2006 Civic and 2003-2006 Accord, measure the end play by moving the disc inward and outward.
    10.  
    11. If the bearing end play is not within specification, replace the wheel bearing.
    12.  

    Removal & Installation



    Accord & Prelude

    NOTE
    A hydraulic press and several bearing drivers and attachments are needed to remove and install the hub and bearing.


    NOTE
    Once the hub has been removed, the wheel bearings must be replaced. A hydraulic press and bearing drivers must be used to remove and install the bearing.

    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2.  
    3. Pry the spindle nut stake away from the spindle and loosen the nut. Do not tighten or loosen a spindle nut unless the vehicle is sitting on all 4 wheels. The torque required is high enough to cause the vehicle to fall off the stands even when properly supported.
    4.  
    5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    6.  
    7. Remove or disconnect the following:
      NOTE
      Turn each bolt 2 turns at a time to prevent cocking the brake disc.



      Wheel and the spindle nut
       
      Caliper mounting bolts and the caliper. Support the caliper out of the way with a length of wire. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake hose.
       
      6mm brake disc retaining screws. Screw 2, 8 x 1.25mm bolts into the disc to push it away from the hub.
       



      Cotter pin from the tie rod castle nut, then the nut.
       
      Tie rod ball joint using a ball joint remover, then lift the tie rod out of the knuckle.
       
      Cotter pin, then loosen the lower arm ball joint nut half the length of the joint threads. The nut will retain the arm when the joint comes loose.
       
      Ball joint and lower arm using a puller with the pawls applied to the lower arm. Avoid damaging the ball joint boot. If necessary, apply penetrating lubricant to loosen the ball joint.
       
      Upper ball joint shield, if equipped.
       
      Cotter pin and the upper ball joint nut.

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      Fig. Press the hub out of the knuckle-Accord



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      Fig. Press the bearing out of the knuckle-Accord



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      Fig. Use a press to remove the inner bearing race from the hub-Accord

       
      Upper ball joint and knuckle
       
      Knuckle and hub by sliding them off the halfshaft.
       
      Splash guard screws from the knuckle.
       

    8.  
    9. Position the knuckle/hub assembly in a hydraulic press.
    10.  
    11. Remove or disconnect the following:

      Hub from the knuckle using a driver of the proper diameter while supporting the knuckle. The inner bearing race may stay on the hub.
       
      Splash guard and snapring from the knuckle.
       

    12.  
    13. Press the wheel bearing out of the knuckle while supporting the knuckle.
    14.  
    15. If necessary, remove the outboard bearing inner race from the hub using a bearing puller.

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      Fig. Knuckle components-Accord

    16.  

    To install:

    1. Clean the knuckle and hub thoroughly.
    2.  
    3. Press a new wheel bearing into the knuckle. Be sure the press tool contacts only the outer bearing race and properly support the knuckle so it is stable.
    4.  
    5. Install or connect the following:

      Snapring
       
      Splash shield. Don't over tighten the screws.
       

    6.  
    7. Place the hub on the press table and press the knuckle onto the hub. Be sure the press tool contacts only the inner bearing race.
    8.  
    9. Install or connect the following:

      Front knuckle ring on the knuckle. Tighten the upper ball joint nut and tie rod end nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) for 2001-02 vehicles. For 2003-06 vehicles, tighten the upper ball joint nut to 29-35 ft. lbs. (39-47 Nm) and the tie rod end nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm). Install new cotter pins. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) for 2001-02 vehicles, or to 65-72 ft. lbs. (88-98 Nm) for 2003-06 vehicles and install a new cotter pin.
       
      Knuckle/hub assembly on the vehicle.
       
      Brake disc and caliper. Tighten the caliper bracket bolts.
       
      Front wheels and lower the vehicle.
       

    10.  
    11. Tighten the spindle nut to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm) for all models except 2003-06 4-cylinder Accord with A/T. For the 2003-06 4-cylinder A/T Accord, tighten the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm). Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
    12.  
    13. Check and adjust the vehicle's front wheel alignment.
    14.  

    Civic

    NOTE
    A hydraulic press and several bearing drivers and attachments are needed to remove and install the hub and bearing.

    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2.  
    3. Pry the spindle nut stake away from the spindle, then loosen the nut.
    4.  
    5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    6.  
    7. Remove or disconnect the following:
      NOTE
      Avoid damaging the ball joint boot. If necessary, apply penetrating type lubricant to loosen the ball joint.



      Front wheel and the spindle nut
       
      Wheel sensor wire bracket from the knuckle, but don't disconnect it.
       
      Caliper mounting bolts and the caliper. Support the caliper out of the way with a length of wire. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake hose.
       
      6mm brake disc retaining screws. Screw 2, 12mm bolts into the disc to push it away from the hub.
       
      Tie rod castle nut
       
      Tie rod ball joint using a suitable ball joint remover.
       
      Cotter pin and loosen the lower arm ball joint nut half the length of the joint threads.
       
      Ball joint and lower arm using a suitable puller with the pawls applied to the lower arm.
       



      Ball joint nut cover
       
      Cotter pin and the upper ball joint nut.
       
      Upper ball joint and knuckle using a ball joint remover.
       

    8.  
    9. Use a plastic mallet to free the halfshaft from the knuckle. Pull the knuckle out to remove it.
      NOTE
      A new wheel bearing must be used when the hub is removed.

    10.  
    11. Place the knuckle in a press and use a base and pilot to press the hub assembly out of the wheel bearing.
    12.  
    13. Remove the knuckle ring seal and circlip. Remove the splash guard from the knuckle.
    14.  
    15. Press the wheel bearing out of the knuckle using a driving attachment.

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      Fig. Knuckle components-Civic

    16.  

    To install:

    1. Clean the knuckle and hub assembly and inspect them for damage.
    2.  
    3. Install or connect the following:

      New wheel bearing into the hub using a driving tool.
       
      Circlip in the outer groove of the knuckle.
       
      Splash guard
       
      Hub assembly into the steering knuckle using a base and a driving and guide tool.
       
      Knuckle ring seal
       
      Knuckle onto the spindle
       
      Knuckle onto the upper and lower ball joints and tighten the castle nuts.
       
      Tie rod ball joint onto the steering knuckle.
       

    4.  
    5. Tighten the upper ball joint nut and tie rod nut to 29-35 ft. lbs. (40-48 Nm) and the lower ball joint castle nut to 36-43 ft. lbs. (50-60 Nm).
    6.  
    7. Install or connect the following:

      Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) wheel sensor wire brackets onto the knuckle. Tighten the mounting bolts to 84 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
       
      Brake disc; use 2 lug nuts to evenly draw the disc onto the hub.
       
      Retainer screws: 84 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
       
      Spindle washer and nut. Don't tighten the nut until the vehicle is on the ground.
       
      Brake caliper and tighten the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
       
      Front wheels and lower the vehicle.
       

    8.  
    9. Tighten the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (185 Nm), stake the nut, and install the grease cap.
    10.  
    11. Check and adjust the vehicle's front wheel alignment.
      NOTE
      Avoid damaging the ball joint boot. If necessary, apply penetrating-type lubricant to loosen the ball joint.

    12.  

    Prelude And Accord
    S2000
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    2.  
    3. Remove or disconnect the following: Front wheelBrake hose bracket mounting boltsBrake caliper and caliper supportWheel speed sensorBrake rotorOuter tie rod endUpper and lower ball jointsSteering knuckle from the vehicleDust coverSpindle nutWheel speed pulse ring

      Front wheel
       
      Brake hose bracket mounting bolts
       
      Brake caliper and caliper support
       
      Wheel speed sensor
       
      Brake rotor
       
      Outer tie rod end
       
      Upper and lower ball joints
       
      Steering knuckle from the vehicle
       
      Dust cover
       
      Spindle nut
       
      Wheel speed pulse ring
       

    4.  
    5. Mount the steering knuckle in a press and press the hub out of the wheel bearing.
    6.  
    7. Remove the splash guard and the wheel bearing snapring.
    8.  
    9. Press the wheel bearing out of the steering knuckle.
    10.  

    To install:

    1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, while using the following torque values: Splash guard screws: 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm)Spindle nut: 242 ft. lbs. (329 Nm)Upper ball joint nut: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)Lower ball joint nut: 43-51 ft. lbs. (56-69 Nm)Outer tie rod end nut: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)Brake caliper support bolts: 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm)

      Splash guard screws: 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm)
       
      Spindle nut: 242 ft. lbs. (329 Nm)
       
      Upper ball joint nut: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
       
      Lower ball joint nut: 43-51 ft. lbs. (56-69 Nm)
       
      Outer tie rod end nut: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
       
      Brake caliper support bolts: 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm)
       

    2.  



    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Knuckle components-S2000


    NOTE
    A hydraulic press and several bearing drivers and attachments are needed to remove and install the hub and bearing.

    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2.  
    3. Remove or disconnect the following:

      Front wheel
       
      Brake hose bracket mounting bolts
       
      Brake caliper and caliper support
       
      Wheel speed sensor
       
      Brake rotor
       
      Outer tie rod end
       
      Upper and lower ball joints
       
      Steering knuckle from the vehicle
       
      Dust cover
       
      Spindle nut
       
      Wheel speed pulse ring
       

    4.  
    5. Mount the steering knuckle in a press and press the hub out of the wheel bearing.
    6.  
    7. Remove the splash guard and the wheel bearing snapring.
    8.  
    9. Press the wheel bearing out of the steering knuckle.
    10.  

    To install:

    1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, while using the following torque values:

      Splash guard screws: 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm)
       
      Spindle nut: 242 ft. lbs. (329 Nm)
       
      Upper ball joint nut: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
       
      Lower ball joint nut: 43-51 ft. lbs. (56-69 Nm)
       
      Outer tie rod end nut: 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
       
      Brake caliper support bolts: 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm)
       

    2.  

     
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