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HI,
Can someone please tell me how to tighten the slotted castle nut against the ball joint bolt as the bolt is turning too when I start to tighten and it looks like there is no where to grab the joint itself to prevent this.

Is just the castle nut(12mm I believe) & retaining pin for the ball joint, available by itself somewhere besides Honda who says it would take 3 days to get it. It looks to me, like something that I shouldn't necessarily have to be ordered or am I wrong? If so where or maybe a substitition...I'm getting desperate and need help asap.

Thanks a million.

Jay
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Re: 88 Prelude Frt Lower Ball Joint & retaining nut question

Welcome to the website and congrats on your first post! Toio bad it's because something is wrong with your car... But all the same.

The ball joints are tight when first put in and don't spin as you are tightening the nut. The shaft of the ball joint is acually beveled and designed to grip tighter and tighter as you tighten the nut and it is wedged into the hole.

Do you have a bottle jack or second floor jack or even a jack stand? You can lower the car down onto the jack or the stand at the point of contact of the ball joint and push it up into the hole so it'll grip. Sometimes, if you use an air gun or ratchet, the "quick spin" will get the nut down before the shaft can spin. ALSO, spray the nut with a little lube and/ or clean the threads so the friction of the shaft is greter than that of the nut. That also will help keep it from spinning until the shaft can bite into the hole. And one last thing... You can also clean the shaft and the hole with brake cleaner to get any grease out so you can increase friction.

Try any or all of those things, whichever seem easiest for you to do. Let us know which one, if any works for you!

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Re: 88 Prelude Frt Lower Ball Joint & retaining nut question

Did you get a chance to try any of those tricks?
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Re: 88 Prelude Frt Lower Ball Joint & retaining nut question

You've got to at least be able to get the nut back off. Otherwise put all the weight on the car like tonemeister said and hope the nut doesn't spin. I sometimes tap the castle nut out so it doesn't grab as hard and allow the ball joint to spin. Just a few tricks of the trade.
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Re: 88 Prelude Frt Lower Ball Joint & retaining nut question

I had one go to spinning. No pressure helped. No lube helped.
But a 90 angled dental pick and some patience did. Cleaned those rusty threads up real good and once the intial 'break' of tension took place the castle nut spun off with my fingers.
A new castle nut was used after the threads were slathered with synthetic grease.
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HI,
Can someone please tell me how to tighten the slotted castle nut against the ball joint bolt as the bolt is turning too when I start to tighten and it looks like there is no where to grab the joint itself to prevent this.

Is just the castle nut(12mm I believe) & retaining pin for the ball joint, available by itself somewhere besides Honda who says it would take 3 days to get it. It looks to me, like something that I shouldn't necessarily have to be ordered or am I wrong? If so where or maybe a substitition...I'm getting desperate and need help asap.

Thanks a million.

Jay
Did you get her fixed?
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