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  • glenmin
    glenmin - 2010 Honda Civic - Brakes - 9/10/2013
    Are my tires or brake rotaries causing my steering wheel and auto body to vibrate when on interstate and needing to stop
    I drive on interstate daily and always notice this vibration especially when having to hit the brakes rather firmly.
    • bear.1216
      9/10/2013 bear.1216
      When you apply the brakes and you feel the vehicle shaking this is called brake pulsation. It is usually caused by warped rotors or drums. If you can feel it in the steering wheel then it is coming from the front brakes. You most likely need front brake pads and rotors.
  • ronnie
    ronnie - 2007 Honda Odyssey - Brakes - 8/5/2013
    How to tell if proportioning valve is bad❓on1996 Chevy S-10
    Brake line broke to back wheels,replaced line,bleed brakes,brake light won't go off in instrument panel and back brakes don't seem to work well.
    • wbrockstar
      8/5/2013 wbrockstar
      Illuminated brake light on dash is normally unrelated to proportioning valve.Bad prop valve will make the rear brakes lock up when applying normal-heavy pedal pressure.It will take alot more distance to get the car stopped when pv is bad because of no pressure being applied to front brakes.There should be a rubber cap on valve that you can remove and after you remove it,push on the button with your fingers or screw driver,which will reset valve.Try that to see if it helps
      8/7/2013 ronnie
      Thanks for the helpful reply!
  • Reicrealtor
    Reicrealtor - 2002 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 7/7/2013
    The rear brake light does not turn off
    • John's Auto Repair
      Do all the brake lights stay on? If so you have to adjust or replace stop light switch above brake
  • m
    m - 2002 Honda Civic - Brakes - 6/24/2013
    How to Flush Brake Fluid?
    For the 2002 Honda Civic EX 4 Cyl 1.7L
  • debbie.wolf
    debbie.wolf - 1991 Honda Accord - Brakes - 6/11/2013
    Why do my brakes fade?
    My car has over 270,000 miles on it. When the temperatures climb above 80 degrees outdoors, I notice the brakes feel like they are fading. It is harder to brake, but they do stop the car. The next morning, when it is cooler, the brakes work fine, until it gets hot ...
    • Jimm
      6/11/2013 Jimm
      The primary cause of brake fade is building of heat in the braking surfaces, which results due to repeated application of brakes, more when a vehicle or a machine is in high speed or when it is carrying a very heavy luggage.
      Worn brake rotors (too thin disc thickness) can cause brake fade by not properly dissipating the heat build-up during normal or heavy braking situations.

      The best way to correct brake fade is to use top-quality brake components; brake rotors, brake drums, and disc brake pads made for your vehicle and application. Use the same type of disc brake pad material as equipped from the factory - for example on the Accord - be sure to use premium organic - and stick with proven name brands; Akebono, Raybestos, Wagner, Beck / Arnley, Bendix - to list only a few.
  • clyde.c
    clyde.c - 2005 Honda Accord - Brakes - 5/14/2013
    How do I change Front Brake Pads? Also How do I Replace The Battery?
    When I Stop my car the front right side makes a Squeaking noise, The noise only happens when I step on the brake pedal. Also I need a new Battery, I Base this statement on the fact that I need a Boost some times when I try to start my car, also the 75 months that ...
    • CVO
      5/14/2013 CVO
      Brake Pads
      Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
      Remove and discard brake fluid from the master cylinder, as necessary.
      Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front tires.
      Remove the brake hose bracket mounting bolt.
      Remove the caliper flange bolt.
      Pivot the caliper assembly up and out of the way. Remove the brake pads and shims.
      Remove the pad retainers and check the caliper pins for free movement.
      To install:

      Apply a thin coat of M-77 assembly paste part number o8798-9010 to the brake pad sides of the pad shims and the back of the brake pads, wipe excess paste off the shim.
      Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
      Check and refill the master cylinder, as necessary..
      For more info, see this

      Local auto parts stores will test this vehicle charging system and the battery with their mobile analyzer for free of charge. If the vehicle will need a new battery, they will replace for free.
  • clyde.c
    clyde.c - 2005 Honda Accord - Brakes - 5/14/2013
    How do I change Front Brake Pads? Also How do I Replace The Battery?
    When I Stop my car the front right side makes a Squeaking noise, The noise only happens when I step on the brake pedal. Also I need a new Battery, I Base this statement on the fact that I need a Boost some times when I try to start my car, also the 75 months that ...
    • frankiedonnn
      5/14/2013 frankiedonnn
      Replacing a battery is fairly simple: Be sure to connect positive + RED leads to positive + pole of the battery and Negative BLACK - cable to NEGATIVE pole of battery.Most important as switching them could burn electrical components.Unbolt the battery hold -down bracket and remove it .Of course the new battery has to be correct fit for the space and correct cranking amps for your vehicle.The where you get the battery would know how to help you.Give them the yr.model /make etc. BRAKES: If it's only the brake pads that need replacing it"s not very difficult either but if the pads are worn metal to metal,the rotors might have to be resurfaced or even replaced.Put the car on jack-stands safely and remove one wheel just to examine it through the inspection hole in the calipers and see how bad the rotors are before removing the calipers.If you really feel like attempting the job yourself, then get a Haynes repair manual for your model and two cans of brake cleaner.Make sure you have all the necessary tools before starting and parts of course.If the rotors have to be resurfaced you will need to take them to a tool shop like Napa.Or just replace them with new ones.Have fun .
  • susie48413
    susie48413 - 1999 Honda Civic - Brakes - 5/12/2013
    Brakes suddenly grinding. can this be just pads or does it indicate pads and rotors?
    brake problems on both my cars at once. trying to determine which to get fixed first. Honda was fine one day and grinding when stopping the next. hoping this might just need brake pads?
    • Jimm
      5/12/2013 Jimm
      The extent of the repair would depend on the excessive wear (if any) if the brake pads are worn for the metal-on-metal (disc pad material gone / worn away) contact to the rotor. There is no easy way to tell without an inspection - raise the front and remove the front wheels to closely observe the rotors and pads condition.
      Check with the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front brake pads from around $6.00 per axle set, and the brake disc (rotors) from around $13.50 each for your vehicle.
      5/12/2013 susie48413
      thanks for the info
  • gzag61
    gzag61 - 2000 Honda Civic - Brakes - 4/25/2013
    What tools dp i need to fix wheel hub do i need special tool
    • Jimm
      4/25/2013 Jimm
      You did not specify whether you meant the front or rear hub bearings. Other than the rear hub bearing assemblies, you will need the following tools to change the rear wheel hub:

      Socket wrench (1/2" drive rachet)
      32 mm socket
      Wheel bolt wrench (you can find it inside your trunk)

      1. Remove the wheel lug nuts, raise and support the rear wheels off the ground (use jack stands).
      2. Remove the rear brake drum
      3. Remove (pry off) the hub dust cap
      4. Remove the hub nut by using 32mm socket. (you might need a bigger wrench or use a pipe to help you unscrew the nut)

      5. Remove the rear bearing and hub assembly (Just slide it out)

      6. Replace the rear hub bearing assembly - reassemble in the reverse order as above.

      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the rear hub bearing assemblies from around $29.00 each for your vehicle.
  • Cybage 1
    Cybage 1 - 1998 Honda Prelude - Brakes - 4/22/2013
    How does drum brake works?
    Can somebody explain how does drum brake works?
    • Jimm
      4/22/2013 Jimm
      Simple leverage, basically. The foot brake pedal is depressed. The hydraulic fluid transmits the pressure applied to the wheel cylinders (opposing pistons) at each wheel on the car. The wheel cylinders will press the brake shoes (there are two shoes -one primary and one secondary) outward against the brake drum, causing friction to slow and stop the brake drum rotation.
  • Cybage 1
    Cybage 1 - 1998 Honda Prelude - Brakes - 4/22/2013
    Can I use oversized tire in my car? Is there any impact on mileage?
    Can I use oversized tire in my car? Is there any impact on mileage?
    • Jimm
      4/22/2013 Jimm
      It depends on the tire size - as long as the tires and wheels fit the suspension and body with clearance. There may be an impact on fuel mileage - and there will certainly be speedometer error by using larger tires than original size.
  • dhaney544
    • Jimm
      4/21/2013 Jimm
      This may indicate a faulty power brake diaphragm (power brake booster). To check the booster, use a handheld vacuum tool to apply a vacuum to the booster via the vacuum hose and fitting on the side of the booster housing.
      The power brake booster should hold the vacuum applied without leak of loss of vacuum over time. If not, replace the brake booster unit. For the replacement parts, try the many on-line parts sources, such as; or - to list only two. For example, they (RockAuto) list the power brake booster from around $126.00 (minus core charge) for your vehicle.
  • jmartin6650
    jmartin6650 - 1997 Honda Accord - Brakes - 4/18/2013
    Brake lights stay on
    even when car is shut off
    • Jason
      4/18/2013 Jason
      Check the brake light switch at the pedal.
  • greasemonkey20
    greasemonkey20 - 1994 Honda Accord - Brakes - 4/10/2013
    My rear brake calipers don't compress. What is wrong?
    When I apply a generous amount of pressure with a C clamp onto the rear brake caliper piston, it doesn't budge like the fronts do. Is there a specific way to compress them?
  • maad2357
    maad2357 - 2012 Honda Accord - Brakes - 4/4/2013
    The steering wheel shakes when I apply the brakes
    My mileage is 16494 miles. This occurs at while braking at 40miles per/hour and higher. But it happen at speeds of 30 miles per/hour. And other times it brakes normally.
    • millender21
      4/4/2013 millender21
      You need to get new rotors and brake pads. this will fix your problem.
    • Jimm
      4/4/2013 Jimm
      Recommend to first check with your local dealership - at less than 17k miles on the vehicle, there may be warranty coverage for these brake items. If not, then you can replace these yourself to save costs - try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for more specific steps.
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,,, or - to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front disc brake rotors from around $21.00 each and the disc pads from around $12.70 (per axle set) for your vehicle.
      Be sure to purchase the upgraded rotors and pads - not the less expensive 'economy' versions - and stick with the known brand names; Raybestos, Bendix, Beck Arnley, Wagner, Delphi - for all the brake components - these will be OEM (original equipment) or better quality. Be sure to also replace the wheel bearings (around $50.00 each per wheel) when replacing the front brake rotors.