Wheel Alignment for Civic ’92-95

by NinjaX on June 21, 2010

Wheel alignment applies for Honda Civic models between 1992-1995.

Honda Civic Pre-Alignment Inspection Procedures

Before making wheel alignment adjustment, perform the following checks:

  1. Tires should be equal in size and runout must not be excessive. Tires and wheels should be in balance, and inflated to manufacturer’s specifications.
  2. Wheel bearings must be properly adjusted. Steering linkage and suspension must not have excessive looseness. Check for wear in tie rod ends and ball joints.
  3. Steering gear box must not have excessive play. Check and adjust to manufacturer’s specifications.
  4. Vehicle must be at curb height with full fuel load and spare tire in vehicle. No extra load should be on vehicle.
  5. Vehicle must be level with floor and with suspension settled. Jounce front and rear of vehicle several times and allow it to settle to normal curb height.
  6. If steering wheel is not centered with front wheels in straight-ahead position, correct by shortening one tie rod adjusting sleeve and lengthening opposite sleeve equal amounts.
  7. Ensure wheel lug nuts are tightened to torque specifications.

Ride Height Adjustment

Before adjusting alignment, check riding height. Riding height must be checked with vehicle on level floor and tires properly inflated. Passenger and luggage compartments must be unloaded. Bounce vehicle several times, and allow suspension to settle. Visually inspect vehicle from front to rear and from side to side for signs of abnormal height.

Measure riding height. See figure. Riding height between left and right sides of vehicle should vary less than 1″ (25.4 mm). If riding height is not within specification, check suspension components and repair or replace them as necessary.

Wheel Alignment Procedures

Honda recommends using commercially available computerized 4-wheel alignment equipment. Follow equipment manufacturer instructions to obtain vehicle alignment settings. Use following procedures for necessary adjustments.

Civic Camber Adjustment

Compare camber settings with vehicle manufacturer recommendations. If camber is incorrect, check for bent or damaged front suspension components. Replace faulty components. Recheck camber.

Civic Caster Adjustment

DO NOT use more than 2 shims. If more than 2 shims are required to adjust caster angle, check for bent or damaged suspension components.

Compare caster settings with vehicle manufacturer recommendations. If caster is incorrect, check for bent or damaged front suspension components. Replace faulty components. Recheck caster.

Civic Toe-In Adjustment

  1. Secure steering wheel in straight-ahead position. Measure front wheel toe-in. If adjustment is needed, loosen tie rod lock nuts. Turn both tie rods equally in the same direction until front wheels are in straight-ahead position and toe-in reading is correct. Tighten tie rod lock nuts. Reposition tie rod boots if twisted.
  2. Ensure parking brake is released. Check rear wheel toe-in. If adjustment is needed, hold adjusting bolt on rear compensator arm and loosen lock nut. See figure. Adjust rear toe-in by sliding rear control arm until rear toe-in is correct. Install NEW lock nut, and tighten it while holding adjusting bolt.

Wheel Alignment Specifications

  • Camber – Measurement in degrees.
    • Front: 0 (range -1 to 1)
    • Rear: 0.33 (range -1.33 to 0.67)
  • Caster – Measurement in degrees.
    • 1.17 (range 0.17 to 2.17)
  • Toe-In – Measurement in inches (mm).
    • Front: -0 (0)
    • Rear: 0.08 (2.0)
  • Toe-In – Measurement in degrees.
    • Front: 0.00 (range – 0.16 to 0.16)
  • Toe-Out On Turns – Measurement in degrees.
    • Inner: 41.00
    • Outer: 33.50

Torque Specifications Ft. Lbs (N.m)

  • Rear Control Arm Adjusting Bolt: 48 (65)
  • Spindle Nut: 136 (185)
  • Tie Rod Lock Nut: 41 (55)
  • Wheel Lug Nuts: 80 (108)

Got questions and comments on Honda Civic 1992-1995 wheel alignment? Let us know below!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

stan April 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

What is the thread size of the adjusting nut for 99 Honda accord outer tie rod?

stan April 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

Adjusting nut size

Frank July 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I have a 1995 civic LX. In the last alignment the rear camber registered -1.5 on each side. Will that create any serious problems for my tires? If so, what is the simplest way to correct it?

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