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Old 16 Nov 2011, 04:46 am
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Default How difficult is it to change an upper control arm on a 98 Civic?

The bushings in the right upper control arm on my 98 Civic are completely gone. I found a place online where I can get a new upper control arm with balljoint for a real good price. Is it terribly difficult to replace the upper control arm? What tools would I need to do the job?
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 05:02 am
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Not at all I did both sides by myself in abot 45 minutes to an hour with no help! And im only 16. If I did it you should be able to
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 05:16 am
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it is two nuts and undue the upper ball joints, really very basic repair.

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Old 16 Nov 2011, 05:32 am
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Hi there,

It's not terrible difficult but it is somewhat time consuming. You should anticipate on spending at least 4+ hours on the entire process. You'll need a floor jack, a good set of wrenches and a ball joint separator tool. Here's a quick walk-through on the upper control arm procedure:

1) Raise and support the vehicle safely.

2) Remove the front wheels. Support the lower control arm assembly with a floor jack.

3) Separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using a ball joint separator tool.

4) Remove the self-locking nuts from the upper arm anchor bolts. Remove the upper arm from the vehicle.


Note: Use new self-locking nuts when installing the upper arm and strut.

1) Install the upper control arm assembly into the strut tower.

2) Connect the upper ball joint.

3) Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.

4) With all four of the vehicle's wheels on the ground, torque the upper control arm nuts to 47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm). Torque the castle nut to 32 ft. lbs. (44 Nm); then, only tighten it enough to install a new cotter pin.

5) Tighten the wheel nuts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).

6) Check and adjust the vehicle's front end alignment.

Good luck!

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