Question about 1996 Honda Civic
Is it possible to remove the front hub without dismantling the steering, ball joints etc? I have it all taken apart but I don't want to break anything. 96 Honda Civic EX right front axle. I need to have a new bearing pressed in.
You're not going to hurt anything. To separate the ball joints you smack the raised spots (nipples) on the actual knuckle/spindle (the big part you're removing that has the bearing) itself near each joint. Just don't hammer up on the ball joint bolts or accidentally hit the rubber ball joint boots with your hammer. You hit it hard and with good aim. Check frequently to see if it has broke loose while you're striking it.
The part you're taking to get the bearing pressed into has to be separated from all of the following: the upper control arm, lower control arm, brake caliper (don't disconnect brake line from caliper, let it rest on something and not hang), ABS sensor wire (if equipped) the axle, outer tie rod end (steering).
If you can't pull out all those little cotter keys you can take a tiny drill bit and drill the holes back out to make room for the new ones.
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
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