How to Replace the Front Hub in a 2005 Honda CRV

Written by chris moore
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The front hubs on a 2005 Honda CRV are fixtures of the steering knuckle assembly for each front wheel. Without the tools of a professional mechanic, you can only replace the entire hub and knuckle assembly as a whole. Otherwise, you must take the disconnected assembly to your mechanic to have the hub worked on. The steering knuckle and accompanying hub are connected to both the tie rod and strut at their particular end of the vehicle.

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Things you need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Hammer and chisel/punch
  • Pry bar
  • Breaker bar and socket
  • Wrench
  • Wires
  • 2-jaw puller
  • Paint/whiteout
  • Cotter pin

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  1. 1

    Raise the front end of the vehicle using a floor jack and support it on jack stands. Remove the front wheel for the corresponding hub.

  2. 2

    Unstake the nut in the centre of the drive-axle and hub using a chisel or a punch with a hammer positioned in the middle of the nut. Loosen the nut with a breaker bar and a large socket; place a pry bar in between the wheel studs to keep the hub from turning.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the brake caliper using a wrench on its bolts and hang it from the strut spring with a coat hangar or strong wire. Unbolt and remove the caliper bracket, then slide off the disc.

  4. 4

    Mark the position of the steering knuckle related to the strut with paint, whiteout or chalk. Loosen the bolts connecting these two components without removing them yet.

  5. 5

    Disconnect the link for the stabiliser bar and control arm, removing its nuts with a wrench.

  6. 6

    Pull the pin out of the castle nut on the steering knuckleball joint. Loosen the nut with your wrench, connect a two-jaw puller to the ball joint and separate the joint from the control arm.

  7. 7

    Remove the loosened bolts connecting the steering knuckle to the strut and swing the knuckle and hub assembly away from the drive-axle -- push it away from the vehicle. Support the axle with another strong wire.

  8. 8

    Separate the steering knuckle from the strut and remove the knuckle with the hub.


  1. 1

    Connect the hub and steering knuckle to the drive-axle by pushing the axle into the hub, then push the knuckle into position with the strut. Connect the bolts and nuts for the knuckle and strut; do not tighten them yet.

  2. 2

    Connect the ball joint to control arm and install the castle nut without tightening it.

  3. 3

    Tighten the strut-to-steering knuckle bolts and nuts to 116ft-lbs. Tighten the ball joint-to-control arm nut to 43 to 51ft-lbs and install a new cottar pin. Tighten the tie rod nut to 29ft-lbs.

  4. 4

    Slide the brake disc back onto the studs, then connect the caliper mounting bracket and brake caliper with their bolts. Tighten the bracket bolts to 80 foot pounds and the caliper bolts to 25.

  5. 5

    Reconnect the drive-axle/hub nut and tighten it with the wrench, then reconnect the wheel and lower the vehicle. Tighten the nut the rest of the way to 181ft-lbs.

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