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  • carol
    carol - 1991 Honda Accord - Brakes - 7/7/2014
    I had my brakes, water pump and timing belt changed. It now idles high when brakes are applied. Brakes are hard to appl
    Also a ticking noise under the gear shift cover
     
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  • crazyldyplay2
    crazyldyplay2 - 1994 Honda Civic del Sol - Brakes - 6/23/2014
    Brake Pedal goes all the way to the floor after bleeding brakes. No brakes at all now what is the problem?
    Noticed puddle of fluid behind left rear wheel. Also had intermittant grinding noise when brakeing. So purchased new brake pads and also a new master cylander after noticing a leak (Hairline Crack) in the Brake fluid resevoir. Installed pads and new Master ...
     
    • CVO
      6/23/2014 CVO
      1. Block a front wheel with a piece of wood to prevent the car from rolling. Raise the back of the car with a floor jack and then lower it onto a pair of jackstands.

      2. Remove the rear wheels.

      3. Open the brake fluid reservoir and remove as much old brake fluid as possible, using a suction tool or a turkey baster. Be careful not to spill any fluid, as it will dissolve the paint on your car.

      4. Fill the brake reservoir to the top with fresh fluid.

      5. Place a box end wrench over the bleed screw on the right rear caliper. Push a clear plastic tube over the nipple on the bleed screw and place the opposite end into a catch bottle. Auto parts stores sell nice catch bottles with a cover that prevents fluid from spilling if it tips over, a 1-way check valve in the cap, and a rubber fitting on the caliper end of the plastic line that snaps in place over a wide range of bleed screw nipple sizes.

      6. Tell your assistant to pump the brake pedal a few times until it becomes firm. This is especially important if you have just replaced pads. If you've installed new stainless braided brake lines or installed a big brake kit, there may be enough air in the system that the brake pedal will not get firm. That's OK. Just move on to the next step.

      7. Tap the caliper a few times with a rubber mallet or "dead-blow" hammer. This helps to knock loose air bubbles that may be clinging to inside surfaces of the caliper.

      8. Have your assistant PUSH hard on the brake pedal and HOLD. With a quick motion, open the bleed screw about 1/4 turn. Fluid (and probably a few air bubbles) will flow through the plastic tube and into the catch bottle. A light placed behind the tube will make it easier to see what is coming out of the caliper.

      9. Close the bleed screw just before the brake pedal reaches the floor. Don't worry if the timing is off at first. You will quickly figure it out with feedback from your assistant.

      10. Tell your assistant to RELEASE.

      11. Repeat steps 8 - 10. Do this about 6 times and then go to the front of the car to check the fluid level. You MUST NOT allow the level to fall to the point where you suck air into the master cylinder.

      12. Top off the brake fluid level and continue for a total of about 10 pumps or until you no longer see any air bubbles coming out of the caliper.

      13. Repeat the process for the other rear caliper.

      14. Make sure both calipers are wiped clean of brake fluid and that none has spilled on the rotors or pads. Use brake cleaning spray if necessary. Reinstall the rear wheels and torque to factory specification, then lower car to the ground.

      15. Now apply the parking brake, put the car in gear (or PARK) and raise the front of the car with your floor jack. Lower it onto a pair of jackstands.

      16. Remove the front wheels.

      17. Follow the exact same technique as with the rear wheels, starting with the passenger side caliper. The fluid will flow more rapidly out of the front calipers, so you will need to check the level in the brake fluid reservoir more frequently to avoid letting it drop too low.

      18. Re-install and torque the front wheels, then lower the car to the ground.

      19. Top off the brake fluid reservoir and replace the cap.
  • crazyldyplay2
    crazyldyplay2 - 1994 Honda Civic del Sol - Brakes - 6/22/2014
    Brake Pedal goes all the way to the floor after bleeding brakes. No brakes at all now what is the problem?
    Noticed puddle of fluid behind left rear wheel. Also had intermittant grinding noise when brakeing. So purchased new brake pads and also a new master cylander after noticing a leak (Hairline Crack) in the Brake fluid resevoir. Installed pads and new Master ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Honda Accord - Brakes - 6/19/2014
    Brakes easing to the floor.Will stop, but if sitting still will start to roll. Master cylinder or booster?
    Abs system light on. Been on forever. Brakes have been replaced and bled. Fluid reservoirs full.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Civic - Brakes - 6/9/2014
    How do I solve a VERY soft brake pedal?
    My brake pedal got pretty squishy recently, so I figured it was time to do the brakes. I changed pads and shoes. Also changed front calipers. Bled everything out extensively and the pedal was very soft - like I can push it to the ground and barely lock up the ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Honda Civic - Brakes - 5/25/2014
    Are the clips on the ends of brake pads necessary?
    Just replaced front pads with the top inside cilp(anti-rattle?) missing on the driver side wheel and the bottom inside clip missing on the passenger side wheel. The brakes seem fine but I'm concered that without the clips there could be damage?
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/25/2014 Chevy doctor
      It won't cause damage. Pads won't be able to separate away from caliper bracket but it may cause a chatter or noise when braking. It is recommended that they are on the pads.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Honda Odyssey - Brakes - 4/21/2014
    Steering wheel start shaking
    when I drive the steering wheel start shaking it doesn't matter how fast im going I have the tire balance and alignment done but it still does it. but my front passenger side rim is really hot. I have to spray water and the cool is down i can do see steam with smoke ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/21/2014 HouseCallAuto
      It means that there is a problem with the front brakes and there is something causing the pass side brake to overheat which could be a bad caliper or brake hose. Kind of an unusual thing to happen on an almost new vehicle. Someone with brake experience needs to be told what you said here about the hot wheel and then they have to check it and make a diagnosis. Do you plan on doing any repair work yourself or will you take it to someone? I can details some things to check but you have to take it apart and follow my instructions.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/21/2014 AutoMD Member
      one shop told me that it is the caliper but without seeing it he just drove the car, So I will take it to Honda dealer tomorrow.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/21/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Thats great, I am sure they will solve this but you are going to pay a huge premium bringing it to them. If they replace the front calipers you will pay for new calipers not rebuilt. Expect $1000+ at least.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Accord - Brakes - 4/1/2014
    Breaks seem week. compared to our other hondas breaks
    273,000, no check enginge lights. Maybe a grinding sound backing down the driveway.
     
    • Pepe
      4/1/2014 Pepe
      Have you checked your brake fluid? It may be low. Or worn out brake pads.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Accord - Brakes - 4/1/2014
    Breaks seem week. compared to our other hondas breaks
    273,000, no check enginge lights. Maybe a grinding sound backing down the driveway.
     
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  • ajay
    ajay - 2006 Honda Civic - Brakes - 3/10/2014
    Can one resurface the rotors themselves? Or how much would that cost to get that done? Or is it better to replace?
    I own Honda Civic 2006 I was getting to hear noise off and on not everyday, noise would come and go every few days while driving on a highway. I have been informed by the dealer that my brakes are gone and rotors need to be resurfaced. The cost involved being HONDA ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/10/2014 Jimm
      The rotor resurfacing is often more expense than replacing the rotors. It depends on; the surface condition of the rotor (inboard and outboard) friction surfaces, and the thickness of the rotors remaining. Resurfacing the brake rotors requires a specialized piece of equipment called a brake lathe.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the brake rotors from around $13.60 each and the front disc brake pads from around $6.10 (axle set) for your vehicle. These aftermarket parts are same as OEM (original) quality genuine parts - you do not need to have the dealership perform this work.

      To get an idea of how simple and how to perform this work - check these websites; www.AutoMD.com and the 'How-To-Guides' or www.autozone.com for the specific steps.
      Jimm
      3/10/2014 ajay
      Thanks Jimm, I was considering of doing it by myself. I truly appreciate your help.
  • wck
    wck - 2001 Honda Civic - Brakes - 3/7/2014
    Brakes lock up after I drive an turn car off
    Only after I drive for a while
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2012 Honda Civic - Brakes - 2/27/2014
    Took in for B1 service at dealer, over $200. Told brakes had to be lubricated as not done at factory
    (Mileage is 26,000. Cost includes oil change, rotate tires and usual inspections.)
     
    • Jimm
      2/27/2014 Jimm
      So basically, you paid $200.00 for an engine oil and filter change. All the other B1 service items are simple inspections.

      If the dealership has noticed a factory defect - in the brake calipers need lubricating - why are they not taking care of this defect for you? They should be doing everything in their power to correct the situation - especially if the vehicle is still under the warranty period at 26k miles. If this were my vehicle - I'd make an insistance.

      I'd recommend finding a new delearship, or better yet - purchase a repair manual and learn to perform these basic maintenance items yourself in the future.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Honda Pilot - Brakes - 2/11/2014
    A "woo-woo" scraping sound.
    A "woo-woo" scraping sound from my rear wheel when I first start out, then OK. I don't use the parking brake very often.
     
  • Cybage 1
    Cybage 1 - 2001 Honda Accord - Brakes - 1/24/2014
    Test question
    Brake pad pressure not forming up.
     
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  • Cybage QA
    Cybage QA - 2000 Honda Accord - Brakes - 1/21/2014
    This is the test question.
    Testing question.
     
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