Hardlymoving writes about do-it-yourself automobile maintenance on various makes and models.
In this article, via video, I will show you how to replace the front suspension ball joint on a 2002 Honda Civic EX with the 1.7L I4 engine.
Honda's ball joints are unconventional in that they are press-fitted and recessed into the steering knuckle. On most other makes, the ball joints are recessed into the control arm, making replacement much easier. Because of Honda's unconventional design, to replace the ball joint you need to detach the steering knuckle and remove it from the car, and you should use a Honda-specific ball joint press adapter to push the old ball joint out of the steering knuckle.
This video was made possible with a donated ball joint from Mevotech corporation, an aftermarket Canadian manufacturer of suspension parts. The provided ball joint kit is Mevotech's "Terrain Tough Extreme" part series, which lasts longer and is more durable than Honda's stock replacement part.
Video: '01 - '05 Honda Civic EX 1.7L Ball Joint Replacement
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