Photos and Video: Lasting Solution to Honda Ball Joint Problems

Posted: July 20, 2015 in Maintenance tips
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Honda ball joint snap

Honda is a popular car manufacturer in the world. It has won several awards in Japan, Europe and North America. Nigerians love Honda vehicles and it is one of the most driven brands in the country. We love it so much that we gave different brands names like: ‘Halla’, ‘bull dog’, ‘Baby Boy’ etc. As you are reading this blog, you probably own a Honda, know who has one or planning to buy one. I am a Honda user too so I am not telling you what I saw elsewhere.

honda hub

Honda cars are good but the major nightmare the owners face is the lower ball joint pulling off, sometimes at odd hours, U-turns, roundabouts, highways and so on. Honda also make luxury Acura versions that some have ball joint problems. Below is a list of, but not all, honda that have this problem:

1. ACCORDS and Acura equivalents.
a. Fourth generation (1990-1993): Honda “hala”
b. Fifth generation (1994-1997) Honda ”bulldog” and the European spec. Honda ”Bullet”
c. Sixth generation (1998-2002) all with N. America spec. Honda ”Baby Boy”
d. Seventh generation (2003-2007) all with N. America spec. Honda ”End of Discussion”
2. CRV’s, HRV’s etc
Note that not all Hondas have this problem and it has been corrected in latest models (2009 and above).
Honda City does not also have this problem. 95% of mechanics do not have this piece of information I am sharing free of charge.

Prior to reading this blog, you may have tried to stop this problem to no avail. You may have read materials that say that OEM ball joints are of high grade, regular interval replacement is required but all these sound expensive to me. As a Nigerian with scarce and tight financial obligations, you need a cheaper but lasting solution to your problem. I carried out a research in mechanics and stumbled upon the idea I am about to share with you. I have seen people do it- even my neigbour, and are happy. I am the first person to blog this. After reading this, you can drive you Honda car with rest of mind. The steps are:

1. Take your car to a GOOD mechanic in your area or you can do it yourself (Like me)
2. After he loosens the hub from shock, tie rod etc,
3. Fix a new original ball joint (some recommend OEM) but for me, the one you use is ok.
4. IMPORTANT! Wait! Before he fixes the hub to the shock etc, take it to a panel beater (most mechanic workshops have one) and ask him to ‘TACK’ (weld just enough to hold it) the head of the ball joint in three equidistant points, where it attaches to the hub as illustrated in the picture below:

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Weld three equidistant points where the the ball joint attaches to the hub as shown

5. Give your mechanic to fix the hub. Go for alligment if neccesary. Thats it! Lafon! Ogwusigo! O kpari! Shikina!

N.B: If the ball joint goes bad [I mean when you feel it in ur steering] after some time, a panel beater has to chisel out the welded three points on ball joint attached to the hub, before you can remove it from hub and replace with a new one and repeat the process.

Below is a video to illustrate how to replace a Honda Accord ball joint but the tacking  (step 4) isnt included:

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Comments
  1. Daniel joe says:

    I had done this and it works for my clients. Its a good idea.

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  2. wando says:

    This is not a good solution, it will only cause more damage and expenses later. Always check your bow joints for wear. One thing that kills bow joints and tie-rods is potholes. If you live in a pot hole area you have to double check on your bow joints every 2 months. Av driven a 2003 accord since 2012 have never had my wheels pulling off because of bow joint. Do preventative maintenance and you re good to go.

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  3. Sechap Tsokwa says:

    Thanks for this tip. I wish you could put up a video. Or pictural images to help some of us understand it better. Looking forward for that. I had same problem on my baby boy just last week and the second this year. With pictures I can show my mechanic exactly what I need him to do. Or are u in Abuja.? Cheers

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  4. johnson says:

    God bless you for this info

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