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Old 05-13-2012, 10:33 AM   #16
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Temco. I have worked on Hondas for over 20 yrs. It really sounds like to me you are butting off more than you can chew. There are soNy special tools you will need to do this work. The wheel bearings have to go in a certain way because the speed sensor ring is inside the bearing. If you put in backwards the abs light will come on. You will have to then replace the new bearing because once the hub is pressed onto the bearing, the inner part of the bearing will stay on the hub once you pull it out.

And yes on the ball joints, yes they cannot be replaced without the whole knuckle being replace.

The speed sensors should come out no problem if the tech is just careful with the job.

I would only buy dealer or KYB replacements

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Old 05-15-2012, 09:34 AM   #17
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I'm not much for starting crap all over teh innerwebs, but DO NOT HAVE A SHOP LOOSEN AN AXLE NUT AND THEN DRIVE IT! If it is not torqued to spec, it is a safety issue and could cause a crash. I had a friend killed because he was trying to avoid a wheel that had come off of another car. When you're not upside down in a ditch, you'll thank me.
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I will buy the knuckles with the ball joints installed if need be. So I can't just press out the old ball joints and install new ones in the old knuckles? If the tool that they rent out is not reliable I have the option of taking off the knuckles and bringing them to a machine shop to press out the ball joints and install the new ones. If I buy new knuckles with the ball joints installed I can also buy the bearings, bring the assembly to a machine shop and have the new bearings pressed in. This would make the job simpler because I just bolt up the new parts that are all ready to go. The only problem is the cost. New knuckles with ball joints installed are around $190 each. Another $65 for each bearing, plus the new struts, bearing plates, etc. and I am at around $1000.00 not counting the machine shop fees. I know it is still a lot less than taking it to a mechanic but if I can do the job with just new ball joints and struts it saves quite a bit of the cost. Whatever is the best way to go I will do but I just want to weigh all of the options.
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I'm not much for starting crap all over teh innerwebs, but DO NOT HAVE A SHOP LOOSEN AN AXLE NUT AND THEN DRIVE IT! If it is not torqued to spec, it is a safety issue and could cause a crash. I had a friend killed because he was trying to avoid a wheel that had come off of another car. When you're not upside down in a ditch, you'll thank me.

Please, don't. Don't be stupid and go on frwy, but there's always a shop within reasonable driving slow speed range. They break it loose, then hand torque back with cheat wrench. Don't even try this, please. Mean - scaring people. Besides, it has nothing to do with suspension at all.
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Loose axle nuts are a safety concern, no matter how fast you're driving. All it takes is a cheater bar to get them off, if you don't have an impact gun.

And I hope I scare someone with that... better than having them risk their safety and everyone else's by doing something stupid like driving with loose axle nuts.
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Jim, I cannot reply to your PM...there is also way to much info to type.. if you will send me your number in a diff PM I will call you and walk you through any info you may need. or, you can call me
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I am getting ready to do all 4 struts as well as the front lower ball joints. Parts Geek, Rock Auto, and Advanced Auto all have about the same price for all of the parts. The only difference being Advanced carries only Monroe struts and the other two have Monroe and KYB. So which would you use given a choice: KYB or Monroe struts? Does anyone know the size of the axle nut? I have seen three different sizes listed for my vehicle.
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I do not buy anything from Monroe. Or Ariel, if they are still around. Or KYB, as I had several, and it's waste of money. I am pretty happy with Billsteins and just discovered Ranchos, but not sure if you can have them for V. I had OEM ones used for mine, and they were same quality as any other aftermarket strut. But I had seriously bad experiences with Monroe and Ariels. KYB - I had regular ones, I had adjustable ones (total waste). Bilsteins outperform KYBs, Ranchos outperform both, but all of those I used on pick up truck, so it's apples and oranges. It's crap shot, as THEY ALL FEEL LIKE IT WAS NEVER DONE IN ABOUT 2 MONTHS. ALL. Just ballast your trunk with 200 lb ballast, will keep you going for another 20 000 miles.


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