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 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).
3. Rover 6 series (623i, 620i etc).
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 neighbour, 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.
2. After he loosens the hub from shock, tie rod etc,
3. Fix a new original ball joint 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:
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 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.
What do you think? Has this method helped? Tell us in the comment section.