Need to know how to change a ball joint on a Honda Accord from 1999? With a loose or worn ball joint, the handling of your 1999 Honda Accord will be awkward. This guide will show you how to check, fit and replace new ones, to get your car's handling back in shape.
To change a ball joint on a 1999 Honda Accord, you will need:
- A floor jack
- Two jack stands
- A pry bar
- A lug wrench
- A socket set
- A screwdriver
- A ball joint splitter
- A vise
- A torque wrench
- Undo the wheel lug nuts a quarter of a turn with the wheels on the floor. Apply your parking brake, chock the rear wheels and jack up the front end of your 1999 Honda Accord. Support the car's weight on axle stands.
- Lift the lower control arm up by two inches using the jack. Check for movement within the steering and suspension parts by holding the wheel at the top and bottom. Move it toward and away from you; if excessive play is noted at the bottom, then the lower ball joint needs to be replaced. If the upper part has play, then the upper ball joint will need to be replaced.
- Remove the road wheels from your 1999 Honda Accord and set them aside. Use a wrench to remove the brake caliper bolts and secure the caliper to the suspension strut with zip ties. Undo the steering knuckle assembly using a wrench and move the rotor and hub away from the lower ball joint.
- Using a screwdriver, pry out the snap ring which holds the ball joint's rubber boot in place. Check the condition of the boot; if it is torn or punctured, replace it with a new one.
- Loosen and remove the castle nut on the ball joint and use the ball joint splitter tool to pop the joint apart. Using a vise, tighten the steering knuckle assembly in it and this will force the ball joint out of the assembly.
- Clean all of the parts which are exposed with clean rags. Refit the steering knuckle assembly with a new ball joint. Squeeze the new ball joint into it using the vise again. Fill the rubber boot with grease and refit it onto the steering arm. Secure it with a new boot clip.
- Refit the steering arms, rotor and brake caliper. Refit the wheel, re-tighten the lug nuts and lower the car. Re-tighten the lug nuts again with the wheels on the floor. Repeat this process for the other side of the car.