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Honda Civic Ball Joints

Honda began manufacturing this line in 1972 and released a new generation of the vehicle approximately once every six years. These vehicles are available as subcompact, compact, and mid-size cars, with materials designed to last for tens of thousands of miles. If you're redoing your Honda and need to replace the ball joints, take a look at the available options, and find a set that will keep your suspension strong and free of problems for several more years.

What are the specifications for the Honda Civic's ball joints?

In order to withstand the high temperatures and high levels of friction your ball joints face, the part is coated and painted. This helps resist rust and corrosion around the components. These upper and lower joints, also known as control arms, are small, with dimensions of approximately 6.9 x 6.2 x 3.1 inches and a weight of only 1.5 pounds. The color is gray. These dimensions are for the compact car. If your car is a subcompact or a mid-size vehicle, your parts may be larger or smaller than the above dimensions.

How long is this hardware designed to last?

The Honda Civic is usually an unsealed system, so you'll want to apply grease for lubrication on a regular basis. If this is done, your car's ball joints can last more than 10 years or 100,000 miles. If you have one of the sealed systems, the ball joints will be reliable up to around 80,000 miles. These numbers may vary based on your suspension and driving habits; taking your subcompact or compact car off paved roads and hard braking may cause wear and tear at a faster rate.

From what materials are the Honda Civic’s control arms made?

The casing, sockets, boots, and studs of your Honda Civic's components are made out of steel or a steel alloy to give your suspension's parts additional durability. An additional casing layer is made of a synthetic polymer rubber. This material spreads the grease when the Civic is in motion, reducing the effects of friction and reducing vibrations caused by the road.

Are these control arms available in different brands?

Options for your Honda Civic's joints include original equipment manufacturer replacement parts, direct fit replacements, and aftermarket performance parts. The OEM hardware will be from the same factory that built your Civic, using the same materials and specifications. If you're choosing an aftermarket part, it'll be manufactured from a third party with no direct connection to Honda. Brands that can be considered third-party manufacturers include ACDelco and Moog. These will be made from different materials but will be designed to fit your car.