Question about 1996 Acura Integra GS-R
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Jack up the car and put it securely on jack-stands. Next, take the tire off. At this point, you'll want to put your jack under the outside end of the lower control arm. When you remove the bottom bolt for the strut, the whole assembly will want to drop. Without support you wont be able to remove the strut because it's pinched in the suspension. (I've held the wheel assembly up with one arm and wiggled the strut free with the other. Trust me, you don't want to do it that way.) You get the ability to adjust it up or down depending on what you need it to do. Next, remove the nut and bolt securing the strut to the lower control arm. Now it's time to open the hood and loosen the 3 - 10 mm nuts and spring washers that hold the strut in on top. (Do not loosen the very center nut on top EVER without a SPRING COMPRESSOR in place and tight!) Next, remove the nut and bolt securing the strut to the lower control arm. (now is when you might need to lower the jack under the knuckle a little.) The strut (and spring assembly) should come out nice n easy once you remove the 3 nuts on top. Hold the strut with one hand and remove the nuts with the other. Be ready. It's heavier than it looks. (Angle the bottom toward the rear of the vehicle and it should drop out.) Once that's out, back in the engine compartment on the motor side of the strut tower (the one for the strut you just took out) there are 2 large nuts on shiny silver studs that point at the motor. Loosen to turn-by-hand tight but don't remove them all the way. Now remove the cotter pin from the bottom of the upper ball joint and remove the castle nut. Use a ball joint fork if it wont separate from beating upwards with White rubber mallet. Once that's apart, just remove the loosened nuts on the side of the strut tower and the upper control arm should drop right out. Reassembly is all this in reverse order.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: how to take off upper
Remove tire, remove lower ball joint, remove cv shaft, remove strut, then remove upper control arm.
Ther is another way to do it but it can be frustrating, You could take tire off , remove the upper bolts in the engine bay and the upper balljoint from the car but the bracket will stay hooked around the strut, There is a thinner metal on the backside of the upper control arm that is removable but requires patience and force, then it will fall into your hands without disconnecting the strut cv shaft or lower ball joint, But you have to remember to reinstall the thin plate before reinstalling the upper ball joint
Posted on Oct 22, 2010
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