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  • danster
    danster - 2004 Honda Civic - Brakes - 8/27/2014
    Exterior and interior lights dim when I step on brake pedal.
    when brake pedal is pressed the headlights dim,blinkers will slow.Interior lights dim as well. I can hear a clicking noise under center console when brake pedal depressed. It seems to be a short but I dont know were to start looking.
     
    • jdl
      8/27/2014 jdl
      I'd have your charging system and battery tested and cables. I believe some of the national brand auto stores will check those systems for free. If the problem is a short it could be anywhere. I can't think of what may be located in your center console, maybe shift interlock?
  • danster
    danster - 2004 Honda Civic - Brakes - 8/27/2014
    When stepping on brake pedal, interior lights and ext; lights dim. were do I look for short in system?
    When stepping on brake pedal,headlight,blinkers,brake lights are affected. Interior lights dim as well. There is a clicking noise under center console next to shifter when brakes are applied. Something is shorting out is what I am thinking. Were do I start to look?
     
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  • hawg
    hawg - 2002 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 8/17/2014
    No brake pedal when engine running
    changed caliper blead all four brakes and master cyl. with engine off have full pedal start engine pedal goes to floor
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Honda Accord - Brakes - 8/11/2014
    Replacing old pads turned rotor, and now can't get caliper with new thick pads to go over rotor.
    Caliper piston pushed all the way back. But slide wont push back enough to allow it to fit on rotor. Other side was the same, but took clamp and compressed it and worked. This side slips back each time when clamp removed. What can I do to get new brake on? I ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Accord - Brakes - 7/31/2014
    Tail lights all work but brake lights do not except the small tail lamp above trunk.
    interior brake light comes on only some of the time
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Honda Civic - Brakes - 7/27/2014
    The brake lights are stuck on?
    The car was dead when I went out for work. The battery checked low when I tested it. Replaced battery and now the brake lights are stuck on. All fuses appear ok.
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 7/20/2014
    Wheel noise that stops when I push the brakes and wheel gets very hot
    rear wheel is making a whining - stops when I hit the breaks - a lot of heat coming off wheel
     
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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.