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  • djzj
    djzj - 2000 Honda Civic - Brakes - 4/19/2012
    My brakes are lock up after its been parked after I drive for a bit it loosens but if press the brakes it does it again
    When I press the gas pedal it feels like my brakes are holding mr car
    0 answer
  • sp00kie
    sp00kie - 1998 Honda Accord - Brakes - 4/18/2012
    How long can I safely change the front brake pads without turning the rotors? Is there a good rule of thumb? Thankx!
    I don't have a guage to measure the runout.
    • rick
      4/18/2012 rick
      They are easy to take off and most parts stores can check them for you . And most times you can buy new ones for not much more than the cost of turning the ones you got .
    • RC
      4/18/2012 RC
      There is no rule of thumb. The rotors have a minimum thickness and runout spec. Sometimes you can judge the rotor wear by the lip on the end, and you can judge runout by vibrations.
  • mike
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/18/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Well, the new brake pads are thicker and might still be rubbing against the rotor, either that or didnt install them properly and is still wedging against the rotor. Or you might have sticking calipers.
  • bojovel
    bojovel - 2001 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 4/14/2012
    Rear brake
    • CVO
      4/14/2012 CVO
      Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the rear wheels.
      Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts and remove the caliper without disconnecting the brake fluid line. Support the caliper so it does not hang on the brake line.
      Remove the brake pads and retaining clips from the caliper.
      If equipped with caliper-activated parking brakes; use tool J-37617 or equivalent, to rotate the piston clockwise until it retracts into the bore. Align the notches of the piston face so the centerline of the notches is perpendicular to the centerline of the mounting bosses.

      To install:

      Install the new brake pads and clips in the caliper and install the caliper in the mounting bracket.
      Tighten the caliper mounting bolts to 12-17 ft. lbs. (16-24 Nm), or 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm) on vehicles with shoe-type parking brakes.
      Install the rear wheels. Check the brake fluid level.
      Pump the brake pedal until pressure is felt before moving the vehicle.

      For additional information, see this .................
    CHARLES E - 2006 Honda Civic - Brakes - 4/11/2012
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  • Kristie
    • CVO
      3/31/2012 CVO
      Check the brake light switch, see this Fig. Fig. 1: Testing the brake light switch

      Remove the switch from the vehicle.
      Using an ohmmeter, check for continuity between both terminals. The readings should indicate no continuity with the plunger pushed in, and continuity with the plunger released.
      If the switch fails to meet these conditions, replace it.
  • Btreschel
    Btreschel - 2002 Honda Accord - Brakes - 3/28/2012
    Brake sensor
    My car won't shift out of park when I press brakes and my car starters kill switch is the brakes but that doesn't work so it must be my brake sensor. How do I fix it?
  • juaniyoz3
    juaniyoz3 - 1998 Honda Civic - Brakes - 3/28/2012
    Drum to disc conversion
    My car has rear drum brakes, i wanted to convert them to disc brakes, can i just buy new front disc brakes to do the conversion? is it even possible?
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/23/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Nope, you also have to buy other stuff.

      This was my approach since i bought them surplus, a lot easier actually and cheaper. If you want something with about stock performance why not stay oem? You'll be paying an arm and a leg by going completely aftermarket and I doubt you would find an aftermarket kit that isn't race oriented.

      In your case you can also try this

      Source: I did the same on my EG Civic.
      EG9 K20A3
      3/24/2012 EG9 K20A3
      If you have more Civic questions, keep on asking chief. Im a die hard fan of the model.
      EG9 K20A3
      3/26/2012 juaniyoz3
      i saw that on the first picture you have the oem brakes with the control arm, Would i have to also change that or do i only need the brakes?
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/28/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Not really, you just need the brakes, reason why i also got the trailing arm with the brakes is for the ease of installation. All i did was disconnect the brake lines, dropped it and installed the new one.
  • mike188
    mike188 - 2006 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 3/23/2012
    Video Link to Noise My Car is Making Not sure if it's brakes, debris stuck somewhere, or something else? Description: Noise is inconsistent. It happens both when I am not touching the brakes and when I am braking. The only time it doesn't happen is when I am at a complete ...
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  • yuyita
    yuyita - 1999 Honda Accord - Brakes - 3/22/2012
    Can u tell me what's wrong with the break light is showing on dash board
    i went to an appointment and i had parked on a slight hill and pulled my emergency break every since that day my break light stays on. and also because im a woman men mechanics tend to cheat me out of more money i want to know how much will shop charge to replace a ...
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/22/2012 EG9 K20A3
      I wanna make something clear here.

      Is it the E-Brake light symbol or the bottom light where the OPEN DOOR lights on the cluster are it reads "Brake Lamp"
  • murina77
    murina77 - 1997 Honda Accord - Brakes - 3/8/2012
    We just had the left side axle and front brakes changed together with a brand new pair of front tires
    problem is everytime i go up to about 60 the car vibrates when i am slowing down. the brake pedals vibrate the most. also when i am in traffic or the car is idling it is really loud. thanks!!!
    • Spoon Sports
      3/8/2012 Spoon Sports
      problem is everytime i go up to about 60 the car vibrates - Probably you didnt balance your tires

      "the brake pedals vibrate the most." probably the disc was not seated properly during the install

      "also when i am in traffic or the car is idling it is really loud. " - You mean idle is high?

      I need more clarificatory answers from you
  • Frank
    • Spoon Sports
      3/5/2012 Spoon Sports
      Oh yes, a classic Civic :)

      For the back remove the dust shield for the nut. Then remove said nut and remove hub/bearing. If they are rear disks you will need to remove the caliper and rotor.

      For the front remove the knuckle from the car including removing the brakes. Then press out the hub, remove the snap ring and press out the bearing. Installation is the reverse of removal.

      Yes this is for the front...the difference are not lightyears apart anyway
  • qneo
    qneo - 2003 Honda Civic - Brakes - 3/1/2012
    What makes a soft scraping/screaming sound from the front passenger wheel? It stops the moment I depress the brake.
    It'll start when I go over a slight bump, but if the road is very smooth, it doesn't seem to make the noise.
    • wayne
      3/1/2012 wayne
      sounds like the brake pads may need replaced.
  • carlo
    carlo - 1983 Honda Prelude - Brakes - 3/1/2012
    I just bought this car where do i go for recall
    TSBs (1) Recalls (1) 1983 Honda Prelude Fuel System, Gasoline Recall 92V028001 Campaign Number: 92V028001 Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Co. Date Manufactured: Apr 26, 1993 Mfr's Report Date: Apr 15, 1993 Vehicles Affected: 920583 Component: Fuel System, ...
    • Jimm
      3/1/2012 Jimm
      Try the local dealership. Good luck - given the vehicle age - they may not provide the recall service, as some recalls have start and end (expiration) dates. There is never any harm in trying, though.
  • red
    red - 1987 Honda Accord - Brakes - 2/29/2012
    Put on new brake shoes,drums,spring kit and I still have vibration under normal braking .
    Have vibration like warped brake drum replaced still a problem
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/29/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Do you feel this vibration coming from the rear of the car, can you be sure it's from the rear and not the front?
      2/29/2012 red
      Yes for sure from rear when I pull e brake feel vibration
      2/29/2012 HouseCallAuto
      One drum will be hotter than the other and that will identify the side. If you only had this problem after replacing everything then I say you have a defective / out of round drum, however, if it was doing this before then you have a bent rear spindle.
      2/29/2012 red
      Wouldn't the tire wooble going down road w/ bent spindle
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/29/2012 HouseCallAuto
      No because all you need to cause vibration that you can feel like you detail is maybe .020" runout. Identifying the cause here is a basic 20 minutes or less of spinning the tire while applying the brake slightly and comparing sides or even spinning the drum on each side with the tire off and looking for the abnormality. There is no mystery here. As you have described a severe vibration coming from the rear by applying the parking brake (an excellent strategy) It leaves only the brake drum or the spindle as a cause. What about what I asked you? Had this before you replaced everything or not?
      2/29/2012 red
      2/29/2012 HouseCallAuto
      I have seen this happen as a result of a hard impact with a curb where the tire slams the curb parallel to the curb after a slide out on ice. Sometimes it bends the wheel and other times it bends the spindle. Another thing you could do to elimate the drum is to swap drums left to right and see if the vibration changes to the other side or stays the same.
      2/29/2012 red
      Thank for info going to do bushings but now I'm going to check the run out on spindle