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How to Replace Front Hub and Bearings 01-05 Honda Civic

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:55)
    • Loosen the 19mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step : Removing the Hub Nut (1:25)
    • Remove the dust cap with a chisel and hammer
    • Insert a tapered punch into the punched slit between the retainer and nut
    • Tap the punch to separate the nut
    • Remove the 32mm nut axle nut with a pry bar and breaker bar
  3. step : Removing the Caliper (1:52)
    • Remove the 17mm bolts from the caliper bracket
    • Remove the caliper and caliper brackets assembly from the rotor
    • Hand the caliper with a wire tie or bungee
  4. step : Separating the Ball Joint (2:28)
    • Bend the cotter pin tab out with needle nose pliers
    • Pry the cotter pin out
    • Remove the 17mm castle nut on the bottom of the ball joint
    • Tap up with a hammer to release the ball joint
    • Use a pickle fork to separate the ball joint if needed
  5. step : Removing the Spindle (3:45)
    • Remove the 22mm bolts from the bottom of the strut
    • Unbolt the wheel speed sensor with a 10mm socket and ratchet
    • Remove the sensor with a pair of pliers
    • Tap the center of the CV axle
    • Pull the axle out of the spindle
  6. step : Removing the Backing Plate and Hub (5:04)
    • Insert the hub and rotor into the hydraulic press
    • Press the hub out of the bearing
    • Remove the three Phillips screws from the backing plate
    • Remove the backing plate
  7. step : Removing the Bearing (5:37)
    • Squeeze the snap ring with snap ring pliers
    • Pry the snap ring out with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Press the bearing out with a hydraulic press
  8. step : Installing the Bearing (6:15)
    • Press the bearing into the knuckle with a hydraulic press
    • Attach the snap ring to a pair of snap ring pliers
    • Press the snap ring into the bearing
  9. step : Installing the Backing Plate and Hub (6:28)
    • Insert the backing plate to the knuckle
    • Tighten the three Phillips screws to the backing plate
    • Place the old bearing on the back of the inner bearing for support
    • Place the spindle into the hydraulic press
    • Insert the hub into the spindle with the hydraulic press until it bottoms out
  10. step : Installing the Spindle (7:04)
    • Insert the lower ball joint into the control arm
    • Line up and press the CV Axle into the hub
    • Insert the 22mm bolts (head facing front of car) into the bottom of the strut
    • Torque the strut bolts to 116 foot-pounds with a 19mm wrench on the bolt side
  11. step : Installing the Hub Nut (8:34)
    • Insert the hub nut into place
    • Torque the 32mm hub nut to 134 foot-pounds with a pry bar to keep the hub still
    • Dent the outer ring on the axle nut into the keeper groove with a hammer and pick
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt to the wheel speed sensor
  12. step : Installing the Ball Joint (9:38)
    • Align the castle nut with the windows on the control arm
    • Torque the castle nut to 43-50 foot-pounds
    • Insert the cotter pin into nut
    • Bend the cotter pin underneath
  13. step : Reinstalling the Brake Caliper (10:33)
    • Insert the brake rotor into place
    • Tighten the Number 2 Phillips screw to the brake rotor
    • Spread the pads and insert the caliper into place
    • Tighten the 17mm caliper bolts
    • Torque the caliper bolts to 80 foot-pounds
  14. step : Reattaching the Wheel (11:45)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the 19mm lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 80 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we show you how to replace the front hub and bearing on this 2003 Honda Civic. It’s the same for any 2001-05 Civic, as well as some other vehicles.

You'll need a new front hub and bearing assembly from 1AAuto.com, 10 to 19mm sockets, wrenches, extension, ratchet extension, a 32mm socket, air tools, breaker bar, tire iron, torque wrench, small hammer and rubber mallet, needle-nose pliers, flat head and Philips screwdrivers, Jack and Jack stands, pry bar, paper punch and you will need a press or access to a press for this repair.

Remove the front wheel, held on by four 19mm lug nuts. If you have a different style hubcap, you'll need to remove that, but just use a breaker bar or your tire iron and loosen the lug nuts while the tire is on the ground. Now raise and support the vehicle. Now remove the lug nuts the rest of the way and the wheel and tire.

Using a tapered punch, remove the band from the axle nut. Using the pry bar on the wheel studs to prevent the hub from turning, use a 32mm socket and breaker bar to loosen the axle nut. Using a 17mm socket and ratchet remove the caliper bracket bolts. Remove the caliper and caliper bracket assembly, hang it out of the way using a bungee cord, mechanics' wire. You can use a zip tie, anything you have to keep it up and out of the way somewhere where it's safe. We're just going to hang ours up on a strut with a bungee cord. You'll be able to access this just fine on the Jack and Jack stand.

Going to undo this cotter pin at the bottom of the ball joint, and just bend this tab out, pry the pin out with a pair of needle nose and undo the nut on the bottom of the ball joint. Using the 17mm socket and a breaker bar, going to unbolt the bottom of the ball joint. Before the nut comes all the way off, use a hammer, tap up. If that won't release the ball joint, tap on the sides. If hitting the nut on the bottom of the ball joint or the sides of the control arm don't free it, you can always use a ball joint separator or pickle fork. Using the 22mm socket, remove the bolts from the strut. Remove the bolts themselves.

Using the 10mm socket and ratchet, unbolt the wheel speed center from the spindle. Remove the sensor. You may need to use a pair of pliers to work the sensor. Tap the center of the CV axle to free it from the hub. Remove the spindle from the vehicle. At this point, you'll need a hydraulic press, and first you want to press the hub out of the bearing. There's the hub pressed out. Then you'll want to remove the three screws that hold the backing plate on and remove the backing plate. Now there's a snap ring here that needs to be removed. Use snap ring pliers or needle nose pliers, squeeze the snap ring and pry out with a flat blade screwdriver.

Now using the appropriate adapters, press the bearing out. Now press the new bearing back into the steering knuckle. Replace the snap ring. Replace the backing plate, put in the three screws and tighten them. You're actually going to put support on the back of the inner bearing.

New hub from 1AAuto will go right in. You do press it in until it bottoms out. The spindle, new hub, new ball joint. You install the lower ball joint into the hole in the control arm, make sure your ball joint seated into the control arm. Get your CV axles lined up, line up the bolts with the top of your strut, install the bolts through your strut into your spindle. These are going to go from the front of the car with the nut toward the back. Torque the strut bolts to 116 foot-pounds with a 19mm socket on the bolt side and a 22mm wrench on the nut.

Using a 32mm axle nut socket, install your axle nut. Use the pry bar to stop your hub from rotating and torque your axle nut to 134 foot-pounds. Using a punch or chisel, dent the outer ring of the axle nut into the keeper groove on the axle. Reinstall the wheel speed sensor into the hub. If you have to you can give it a couple of taps in with a rubber mallet, reinstall the 10mm bolt. The cast nut from the bottom of the ball joint has windows that need to align with this hole so we can install the cotter pin after it's tight. The torque spec is 43 to 51 foot-pounds, as you may have to tighten it up a little to get the windows to align. 43 is pretty close, send your cotter pin through the slot, take the longer side, bend it underneath, take the shorter size, trim it down.

Reinstall your brake rotor. Be sure to install the beveled hole of your rotor, over the screw hole in the hub. Reinstall your screw with a number 2 Phillips. Remove your caliper from wherever you hung it. Spread your pads in the carrier, reinstall the assembly onto the rotor in the back.

Tighten up your 17mm caliper bolts. Torque your caliper bolts to 80 foot-pounds. Put your wheel back in place. Start your lug nuts, we'll tighten them preliminarily and torque them when the vehicle's back down on the ground. Tighten your lug nuts 80 foot-pounds and just cross in the pattern.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Center Punch
  • Hammer
  • Floor Jack

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 32mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 22mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

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