How to Remove a Ball Joint in a Honda Civic

Written by jericho mccune
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How to Remove a Ball Joint in a Honda Civic
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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
  • Jack stands
  • Socket wrench
  • 2-jaw puller
  • Ball joint remover-installer
  • Vice

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Remove the bolts from the strut rod, fork and stabiliser bar. Remove the bushings from the stabiliser bar.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Remove the steering knuckle. Take off the dust boot and external ball joint snap rings. Remove the dust boot.

  6. 6

    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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