Honda Prelude Accord Civic S2000 2001-2006

Removal & Installation

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2003-06 Accord



  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. Lift up the locking tab on the spindle nut. Remove the nut. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  6.  
  7. Hold the stabilizer ball joint pin with a hex wrench and remove the flange nut. Separate the front stabilizer link from the lower arm.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lock pin from the lower arm ball joint castle nut. Remove the nut.
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  11. Separate the ball joint from the lower arm. Pull the knuckle outward and remove the outboard joint from the front wheel hub, using a plastic hammer.
  12.  
  13. If equipped with automatic transaxle, remove the heat shield.
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  15. If removing the left halfshaft, pry the inboard joint from the differential case with a prybar.
  16.  
  17. If removing the right halfshaft on manual transaxle vehicles, drive the inboard joint off of the intermediate shaft with a drift hammer
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  19. If removing the right halfshaft on automatic transaxle vehicles, pry the inboard joint from the differential case with a prybar.
    NOTE
    Do not pull on the halfshaft because the inboard joint may come apart. Pull the halfshaft straight out to avoid damaging the oil seal.

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. After the front tire is installed, turn the front wheel by hand and make sure there is no interference between the halfshaft and surrounding parts.
  4.  
  5. As required, refill the transaxle using the proper grade and type fluid.
  6.  
  7. Check the front wheel alignment. Adjust if necessary.
  8.  

Civic



2001-05 Models
  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. Lift up the locking tab on the spindle nut. Remove the nut. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  6.  
  7. Hold the stabilizer ball joint pin with a hex wrench and remove the flange nut. Separate the front stabilizer link from the lower arm.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lock pin from the lower arm ball joint castle nut. Remove the nut.
  10.  
  11. Separate the ball joint from the lower arm. Pull the knuckle outward and remove the outboard joint from the front wheel hub, using a plastic hammer.
  12.  
  13. Pry the inboard joint, with a pry bar, and remove the halfshaft from the differential case as an assembly.
    NOTE
    Do not pull on the halfshaft because the inboard joint may come apart. Pull the halfshaft straight out to avoid damaging the oil seal.

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. After the front tire is installed, turn the front wheel by hand and make sure there is no interference between the halfshaft and surrounding parts.
  4.  
  5. As required, refill the transaxle using the proper grade and type fluid.
  6.  
  7. Check the front wheel alignment. Adjust if necessary.
  8.  

2006 Models
  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. Lift up the locking tab on the spindle nut. Remove the nut. Drain the transaxle fluid.
  6.  
  7. Remove the halfshaft outboard joint from the front wheel hub, using a plastic hammer.
  8.  
  9. Remove the nuts and bolts and separate the lower arm using a prybar.
  10.  
  11. Pull the knuckle outward, and remove the halfshaft outboard joint from the front wheel hub.
  12.  
  13. Left and right halfshaft, except manual transaxle right halfshaft, pry the inboard joint from the differential case with a prybar.
  14.  
  15. Right halfshaft on manual transaxle vehicles, drive the inboard joint off of the intermediate shaft with a drift and hammer. Remove the halfshaft as an assembly.
    NOTE
    Do not pull on the halfshaft because the inboard joint may come apart. Pull the halfshaft straight out to avoid damaging the oil seal.

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. After the front tire is installed, turn the front wheel by hand and make sure there is no interference between the halfshaft and surrounding parts.
  4.  
  5. As required, refill the transaxle using the proper grade and type fluid.
  6.  
  7. Check the front wheel alignment. Adjust if necessary.
  8.  

Prelude & 2001-02 Accord



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the front spindle nut.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels and the spindle nut
     

  8.  
  9. Drain the transaxle fluid and install the drain plug with a new washer. If the halfshaft to be removed is installed into the intermediate shaft, the transaxle fluid does not need to be drained.

    Flange nut, while holding the stabilizer ball joint pin with a hex wrench
     
    Front stabilizer link from the lower arm
     
    Damper fork nut and damper pinch bolt(s)
     
    Damper fork
     
    Cotter pin and castle nut from the lower arm ball joint.
     

  10.  
  11. Install a hex nut flush onto the ball joint stud to prevent the ball joint tool from damaging the stud threads.
  12.  
  13. Using a ball joint tool, separate the lower arm from the knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Pull the knuckle outward.
  16.  
  17. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    Do not pull on the halfshaft as the CV-joint may come apart. Use care when prying out the assembly and pull it straight to avoid damaging the differential oil seal or intermediate shaft oil or dust seals.



    Heat shield, if equipped
     
    Halfshaft outboard joint from the hub by tapping it with a plastic hammer.
     
    Inner CV-joint away from the transaxle case to force the halfshaft set ring out of the groove.
     
    Halfshaft from the differential case or intermediate shaft by pulling on the inboard CV-joint
     

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To install:

  1. Replace the differential oil seal or intermediate shaft seal if either were damaged during removal.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    New set rings on the ends of the halfshafts
     

  4.  
  5. Apply 0.02-0.04 oz. of grease to the whole splined surface of the right side halfshaft. Then, remove the grease from the splined grooves at intervals of 2-3 splines and from the set ring groove to let air bleed from the intermediate shaft.

    Halfshafts and be sure the set ring locks in the differential gear groove and the halfshaft bottoms in the differential or intermediate shaft.
     
    Outboard joint into the hub. Be sure the splines mesh together and the joint is fully seated into the hub.
     
    Heat shield, if equipped
     
    Ball joint stud into the lower control arm.
     

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  7. Torque the new castle nut to the lower of the following specifications, then tighten only enough to install a new cotter pin. Never loosen the nut to install the cotter pin.
    1. Accord: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
    2.  

  8.  
  9. Install or connect the following:

    Damper fork into position. Make sure the aligning tab is lined up with the slot in the damper fork. Tighten the retainers loosely
     
    Front stabilizer link to the lower arm. Hold the stabilizer link ball joint pin with a hex wrench and tighten the new flange nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Tighten the upper damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and the fork nut to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     
    New spindle nut; don't tighten it yet.
     

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  11. Lower the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Tighten the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm) for the 4-cylinder Accord with A/T. For all other models, tighten the spindle nut to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm) and stake its tab. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of fluid.
  16.  
  17. Warm the engine up, check the transaxle fluid level, and road test the vehicle.
  18.  

S2000



  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 rear tires.
  4.  
  5. Lift up the locking tab on the spindle nut. Remove the nut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin from the lower arm ball joint castle nut. Remove the nut. Separate the ball joint from the lower arm.
  8.  
  9. Remove the wheel sensor harness from the upper arm.
  10.  
  11. Make reference marks across the inboard joint and the rear differential.
  12.  
  13. Remove the six inboard joint mounting bolts and nuts. Remove the inboard joint from the rear differential.
  14.  
  15. Pull the knuckle outward and remove the outboard joint from the wheel hub using a plastic hammer.
  16.  
  17. Remove the driveshaft.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. After the front tire is installed, turn the front wheel by hand and make sure there is no interference between the driveshaft and surrounding parts.
  4.  
  5. Check the rear wheel alignment. Adjust if necessary.
  6.  

Except S2000



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the front spindle nut.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following: Front wheels and the spindle nut

    Front wheels and the spindle nut
     

  8.  
  9. Drain the transaxle fluid and install the drain plug with a new washer. If the halfshaft to be removed is installed into the intermediate shaft, the transaxle fluid does not need to be drained. Flange nut, while holding the stabilizer ball joint pin with a hex wrenchFront stabilizer link from the lower armDamper fork nut and damper pinch bolt(s)Damper forkCotter pin and castle nut from the lower arm ball joint.

    Flange nut, while holding the stabilizer ball joint pin with a hex wrench
     
    Front stabilizer link from the lower arm
     
    Damper fork nut and damper pinch bolt(s)
     
    Damper fork
     
    Cotter pin and castle nut from the lower arm ball joint.
     

  10.  
  11. Install a hex nut flush onto the ball joint stud to prevent the ball joint tool from damaging the stud threads.
  12.  
  13. Using a ball joint tool, separate the lower arm from the knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Pull the knuckle outward.
  16.  
  17. Remove or disconnect the following: Heat shield, if equippedHalfshaft outboard joint from the hub by tapping it with a plastic hammer.Inner CV-joint away from the transaxle case to force the halfshaft set ring out of the groove.Halfshaft from the differential case or intermediate shaft by pulling on the inboard CV-joint

    Heat shield, if equipped
     
    Halfshaft outboard joint from the hub by tapping it with a plastic hammer.
     
    Inner CV-joint away from the transaxle case to force the halfshaft set ring out of the groove.
     
    Halfshaft from the differential case or intermediate shaft by pulling on the inboard CV-joint
     

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NOTE
Do not pull on the halfshaft as the CV-joint may come apart. Use care when prying out the assembly and pull it straight to avoid damaging the differential oil seal or intermediate shaft oil or dust seals.

To install:

  1. Replace the differential oil seal or intermediate shaft seal if either were damaged during removal.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following: New set rings on the ends of the halfshafts

    New set rings on the ends of the halfshafts
     

  4.  
  5. For the 2003-04 Accord, apply 0.02-0.04 oz. of grease to the whole splined surface of the right side halfshaft. Then, remove the grease from the splined grooves at intervals of 2-3 splines and from the set ring groove to let air bleed from the intermediate shaft. Halfshafts and be sure the set ring locks in the differential gear groove and the halfshaft bottoms in the differential or intermediate shaft.Outboard joint into the hub. Be sure the splines mesh together and the joint is fully seated into the hub.Heat shield, if equippedBall joint stud into the lower control arm.

    Halfshafts and be sure the set ring locks in the differential gear groove and the halfshaft bottoms in the differential or intermediate shaft.
     
    Outboard joint into the hub. Be sure the splines mesh together and the joint is fully seated into the hub.
     
    Heat shield, if equipped
     
    Ball joint stud into the lower control arm.
     

  6.  
  7. Torque the new castle nut to the lower of the following specifications, then tighten only enough to install a new cotter pin. Never loosen the nut to install the cotter pin. 2001-02 Civic: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)2003-04 Civic: 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-69 Nm)Prelude: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)2001-02 Accord: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)2003-04 Accord: 65-72 ft. lbs. (88-98 Nm)
    1. 2001-02 Civic: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
    2.  
    3. 2003-04 Civic: 43-51 ft. lbs. (59-69 Nm)
    4.  
    5. Prelude: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
    6.  
    7. 2001-02 Accord: 36-43 ft. lbs. (49-59 Nm)
    8.  
    9. 2003-04 Accord: 65-72 ft. lbs. (88-98 Nm)
    10.  

  8.  
  9. Install or connect the following: Damper fork into position. Make sure the aligning tab is lined up with the slot in the damper fork. Tighten the retainers looselyFront stabilizer link to the lower arm. Hold the stabilizer link ball joint pin with a hex wrench and tighten the new flange nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).Tighten the upper damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and the fork nut to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).Front wheelsNew spindle nut; don't tighten it yet.

    Damper fork into position. Make sure the aligning tab is lined up with the slot in the damper fork. Tighten the retainers loosely
     
    Front stabilizer link to the lower arm. Hold the stabilizer link ball joint pin with a hex wrench and tighten the new flange nut to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
     
    Tighten the upper damper pinch bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm) and the fork nut to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm).
     
    Front wheels
     
    New spindle nut; don't tighten it yet.
     

  10.  
  11. Lower the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Tighten the spindle nut to 134 ft. lbs. (181 Nm) for the Civic, and 4-cylinder Accord with A/T. For all other models, tighten the spindle nut to 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm) and stake its tab. Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Fill the transaxle with the proper type and quantity of fluid.
  16.  
  17. Warm the engine up, check the transaxle fluid level, and road test the vehicle.
  18.  

S2000



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following: Rear wheelSpindle nutLower ball jointWheel speed sensor harnessInboard joint mounting bolts

    Rear wheel
     
    Spindle nut
     
    Lower ball joint
     
    Wheel speed sensor harness
     
    Inboard joint mounting bolts
     

  4.  
  5. Pull the knuckle outward to separate the inboard joint from the differential.
  6.  
  7. Remove the outboard joint from the wheel hub by tapping it with a plastic-faced hammer.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure, while using the following torque values: Inboard joint mounting bolts: 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm)Lower ball joint nut: 43-51 ft. lbs. (69-78 Nm)Wheel speed sensor harness bolts: 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm)Spindle nut: 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm)Wheel lug nuts: 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)

    Inboard joint mounting bolts: 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm)
     
    Lower ball joint nut: 43-51 ft. lbs. (69-78 Nm)
     
    Wheel speed sensor harness bolts: 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Spindle nut: 181 ft. lbs. (245 Nm)
     
    Wheel lug nuts: 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm)
     

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