Replacing Upper Control Arms 97 CRV
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    crv|oc Rank: Member
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    Question Replacing Upper Control Arms 97 CRV

    Has anyone out there replaced the uppper control arms on a CRV?
    Do you have to remove the strut?
    I do a lot of my own work a good set of mechanics tools
    Any tips would be appreciated.

    Thanks much

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    crv|oc Rank: Freshman
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    minndogs,

    If you need to replace the upper ball joints as I did and hence need to replace the upper control arms then yes I have done the job on a 1998 CR-V (the upper ball joints are integrated into the upper control arm). The struts do not need to be removed. The drivers side took all of 30-45 minutes and the passenger side took maybe 1 hour to an hour and 15 minutes, I chose to remove the battery to gain additional access to the control arm bolt. Very easy job overall, but you will need the joint separation tool. Hope this helps, lots of luck, Russ
    98 V 200K miles

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    crv|oc Rank: Member
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    Thanks much

    I was hopping to be able to sneak a wrench in there but, I will pull the struts.

    Thanks much for your reply. They wanted $500 to replace both uppers around here. That definitley makes it worth my while to do it myself.

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    crv|oc Rank: Freshman
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    I'm not sure why you feel you need to pull the strut? Unless you are talking about a different part other than the upper ball joint/control arm. I did not pull the struts to change out my control arms/upper ball joints. Russ
    98 V 200K miles

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    crv|oc Rank: Member
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    Is there a step by step instruction on how this is accomplished? I'm fairly new at this so anything helps. Thanks!

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    Here is a step by step. Pretty easy process. Passenger side is more time consuming due to air box and fuse box removal but both sides are no hassle.
    http://www.hondasuv.com/members/showthread.php?t=33960

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    thanks a lot for the find.

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