Honda Civics have a double wishbone suspension and the ball joint serves as a steering knuckle pivot support. When a ball joint goes bad, it creates suspension problems that can degenerate quickly. A bad ball joint can cause damage to axles, wheels and suspension systems that can cost quite a lot to fix or even cause accidents. Removing a ball joint requires a special tool that can be purchased at most automotive parts stores.
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Things you need
- Lug wrench
- Jack stands
- Socket wrench
- 2-jaw puller
- Ball joint remover-installer
Park the Honda Civic on a flat, level surface and set the parking brake. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel in front of the bad ball joint by turning the lug wrench half a turn on each lug nut.
Jack up the vehicle and place jack stands under the axles. Finish removing the lug nuts. Remove the wheel and place it out of the way.
Remove the bolts from the strut rod, fork and stabiliser bar. Remove the bushings from the stabiliser bar.
Pull the cottar pin from the lower control arm and take off the castle nut. Separate the lower control arm from the ball joint with a 2-jaw puller. Push the control arm down until it is below the lower ball joint stud. Take off the lower control arm pivot bolt. Remove the control arm.
Remove the steering knuckle. Take off the dust boot and external ball joint snap rings. Remove the dust boot.
Put the ball joint remover-installer on the ball joint with the larger opening pointed away from the ball joint and install the stud nut. Place the ball joint remover-installer base over the flat surface of the ball joint. Fit the vice around the remover-installer assembly and tighten to remove the ball joint.
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