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  • John Hand
    John Hand - 2003 Honda Pilot - Brakes - 11/4/2010
    What type of disc brake pads does Honda use; Ceramic or Metallic?
    Are after market products as good as Original Honda.
    • churchson
      11/4/2010 churchson
      Original equipment is ceramic. I have had good luck with aftermarket pads and rotors, but usually have to order the rotors.
  • percy
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/1/2010 HouseCallAuto
      +Try loosening the mounting bolts for the master cylinder and back the master off and see if it resolves.
  • Ron
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/6/2010 HouseCallAuto

      1. When the problem occurs, loosen the master cylinder and pull it away from the booster. If the brakes back off, check the pushrod adjustment in the booster.

      2. Loosen the brake line from the master cylinder. If the brakes back off, then the master cylinder is faulty.
  • steven
    steven - 1995 Honda Civic - Brakes - 10/6/2010
    When I break, turn signal turns on
    • Pave Low
      10/6/2010 Pave Low
      A bad ground, look at the sockets. Look for the wire, sometimes there is more than one ground. Once you found the wires, use a jumper, one end on a good ground toouch the other one on the base of each socket. If it stops, you got your culprit. Or use a test light on each socket.
  • ohjoy
    ohjoy - 1999 Honda Accord - Brakes - 10/5/2010
    I have a 1999 Honda Accord V6 and the brake lights do not work. Have checked all fuses and can shift out of park fine.
    What else could cause my brake lights to not come on? I read that if I couldnt shift out of park then it would be the brake light switch. I shift fine.
    • Ray
      10/5/2010 Ray
      Check the switch, bulbs, and wiring.
    • Bobby
      10/5/2010 Bobby
      Hmm not always the case some times the brake safety switch and the brake light switch can be seperate. But first thing first check the brake light bulbs, there is a chance they just happened to go out together. next if a new bulb does not work you'll need to test the socket for power if no power then I would check the brake light switch, even though someone said it has to lock up the shift also doesn't mean it is the case. Part of the switch can go bad or sometimes the vehicle has two seperate switches for each function. I wouldn't rule that out yet until after you test it
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/5/2010 HouseCallAuto
      brake light bulbs is likely
  • esmeralda
    esmeralda - 1996 Honda Accord - Brakes - 10/1/2010
    How can i remove the front disc off the base of the transmition shaft?
    0 answer
  • dtganiere
    • Pave Low
      9/28/2010 Pave Low
      I know you have done steps 1-4, just focus onwards since it has tecniques on how to remove it

      * Floor jack
      * Jack stand
      * Wheel chock
      * Turkey baster
      * DOT 3 brake fluid
      * 1/2-inch drive breaker bar
      * 1/2-inch drive metric socket set
      * 1/2-inch drive ratchet
      * Flathead screwdriver
      * Impact screwdriver with Phillips head bit
      * Hammer
      * Bungee cord
      * Lubricant spray
      * Brake clean spray
      * Large C-clamp
      * New rotors
      * 8-by-1.25 mm bolts (2)
      * Emery cloth or light grade sandpaper
      * Shop rags
      * 1/2-inch drive adjustable torque wrench
      Place a wheel chock behind one of the rear tires. Open the hood and remove the master cylinder cap and suck out 1/2 of the brake fluid from the reservoir using a turkey baster. Discard appropriately and replace the master cylinder cap.

      Break the lug nuts loose on the front tires using a breaker bar and a socket.

      Lift the left front quarter panel with the floor jack and place the jack stand under the front left frame rail of the CR-V. Remove the lug nuts and wheel.

      Remove the caliper guide bolts using a ratchet and a socket. Pry the caliper off of the rotor using a flathead screwdriver. Support the caliper to the chassis using bungee cord so it does not dangle from the brake hose. Compress the piston of the caliper inward using a C-clamp until the piston is bottomed out in the housing of the caliper, then remove the C-clamp.

      Remove the pads from the caliper anchor, but establish a relationship with the pads and their position in the anchor. If you're not replacing the pads with new pads, you'll need to replace them in the same position they were removed.

      Remove the caliper anchor bolts with the ratchet and a socket. Use the breaker bar to help you break them loose, then switch to the ratchet to speed things up.

      Remove the two retaining screws on the hub face of the rotor using the impact screwdriver with a Phillips head bit and and hammer. Strike the screwdriver in the reverse position on the head with the hammer to loosen the screws, then remove them.

      Spray lubricant spray into the other two smaller screw holes on the face hub of the rotor. Screw in the two 8-by-1.25 mm screws by hand until they bottom out on the flange of the hub. Using the ratchet and a socket, tighten each one screw two times, then switch to the next and alternate until the rotor breaks free from the hub.

      Clean the flange of the hub using an emery cloth or light grade sandpaper. Remove and rust or uneven areas caused by rust or corrosion. A hand-held rechargeable angled drill with a reconditioning disc and adapter would work nice, but most people don't have these available.

      Spray the new rotor with brake clean spray to remove the rust preventative coating. Spray both sides liberally and wipe dry with a shop rag.

      Place the new rotor onto the hub and use one lug nut to hold the rotor in place by tightening it on a lug stud away from the caliper and anchor.

      Replace the caliper anchor and bolts. Tighten the bolt to 120 foot pounds with the adjustable torque wrench and a socket. Replace the pads into the anchor the same way they came out.

      Place the caliper onto the pads and rotor and replace the caliper guide bolts and tighten. Remove the lug nut from the lug stud and replace the wheel and lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts flush to the hub, then lower the CR-V and tighten the lug nuts alternately with the adjustable torque wrench set at 80 foot pounds and a socket.

      Repeat steps 4-14 for the right side rotor.

      Lower the CR-V back on the ground and pump the foot brake pedal several times to restore the hydraulic pressure back into the compressed caliper pistons.

      Recheck and adjust the brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir and add only new DOT 3 brake fluid.

      Replace the cap, close the hood, remove the wheel chock, release the parking brake and test drive.

    • HouseCallAuto
      9/28/2010 HouseCallAuto
      You will see two threaded holes in the rotor (8mm X 1.25) thread in two bolts that will help "push" the rotor away from the hub. Thread the two bolts in evenly, then smack the rotor. Obviously you must have already removed the two phillips screws that retain the rotors?
  • scotia
    scotia - 2001 Honda Accord - Brakes - 9/28/2010
    How do I replace rear O2 Sensor
    already replaced front sensor but engine light is still on after resetting
    • Ray
      9/28/2010 Ray
      The rear sensor is replaced in the same manner. What was the code?
  • ajwaltz
    ajwaltz - 1999 Honda Accord - Brakes - 9/27/2010
    When I accelerate I hear a ringing winding sound coming from rear. I jacked up rear and spun tire and I hear the noise ?
    190,000 miles , I noticed bout 3-4 weeks ago thought it was coming from front . I changed brake pads on front 1st time ever doing something like that. Is the rear the same ? The maintenance light is on . But its been on, hell I reset the dam thing and it stays on. I ...
    • AutoServiceTech@TCTC
      It could be the pads in the back are so wore out the metal are scraping the rotor. Are they drum or disc brakes? Either way if it is the pads you should replace them soon or it will ruin the rotor or drum
  • Pathfinder
    Pathfinder - 1981 Honda Civic - Brakes - 9/23/2010
    No breaking ..pedal goes all the way down
    Bled the brakes not much what do I check??
    • Ray
      9/23/2010 Ray
      If there is no air in the system and there are no leaks, then the master cylinder is the probable cause.
    • ROBERT
      9/23/2010 ROBERT
      Was there any prior work performed on the vehicle for the brake system? There can still be air in the system if the brakes were not bled properly. There are bleeding procedures/bleeding sequences for different manufacturers. I would recommend bleeding the brake system starting at the wheel farthest from the master cylinder. R/R WHEEL, L/R WHEEL, R/F WHEEL, L/F WHEEL. Also verify that there are no leaks from the Master Cylinder, Calipers, Wheel Cylinders, and Brake Lines. If everything is ok, there can be an internal leak in the Master Cylinder and you would have to replace and bench bleed it before installing it on your vehicle. This is a simple procedure but must be done correctly or you can damage the new master cylinder. Then I would bleed the entire system again.
  • mario
    mario - 2000 Honda Accord - Brakes - 9/23/2010
    I cant get the shift out of part and my brake light isn't working,
    • Mr.KnowItAll
      9/23/2010 Mr.KnowItAll
      Two things come to mind.
      1) blown brake light fuse.
      2) Brake light switch needs attention behind the dash at the top of the brake pedal arm.

      It's tough to get to, so check your fuses first.
      9/23/2010 mario
      i looked for the fuse first but could not locate it. also once i press the release button net to the shift i can move it, but once i place it back into park, cant move. how would i know if i need a new switch
  • arlester grayson
    arlester grayson - 2002 Honda Accord - Brakes - 9/18/2010
    Why car want come out of gear
    happen when it's cold and every now and then and ssometime when it warm
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/18/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Most if the time the cause is a bad brake light switch. To confirm this, when the shifter will not come out of park, at that moment (while your foot is still on the brake pedal) ask anyone to tell you if the brake lights are working. If they are not working replace the brake light switch. If they are working normal and at the same time the shifter will not release from park, Check the shift lock solenoid to see if it receiving power and replace as necessary.
  • peter
    peter - 2007 Honda Odyssey - Brakes - 9/18/2010
    How to take the rotars out
    • CVO
      9/18/2010 CVO
      Click on the AutoMD bar, How-to-guides and how to replace the rotor. The procs and the pics will pop out and follow the instructions. I hope that give you the right idea.
  • jesco75
    jesco75 - 1997 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 9/15/2010
    My ABS light is on is it the ABS control unit or an ABS Break Sensor?
    I had a mechanic check the vehicle out and the diagnostic machine located the right rear wheel where the problem with the ABS...I don't want to pay over $200 for a sensor when it is just the ABS control unit!
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/15/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Sorry, you need better diagnostics than that. I would be able to know whether the wheel sensor or the module were bad but you need the full function scanner to read the live wheel speed data. If someone were to pay me to diagnose the cause of their ABS lamp on I would not give them a choice of two things. I would know for sure which is the cause.
      9/15/2010 jesco75
      thanks housecallauto!!!!!
  • rocky berry
    rocky berry - 1991 Honda Accord - Brakes - 9/13/2010
    My brake lights stay on after i turn off the ignition
    The brake lights will stay on after turning off the ignition and the only way to get them off is to pull the fuse out, can u help me with this problem?
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/13/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the brake light switch on the upper part of the brake pedal assembly.