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  • 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
    • Ray
      4/18/2013 Ray
      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.
  • abramholmes
    abramholmes - 1991 Honda Accord - Brakes - 3/30/2013
    Brake lamp on
    light come's on when touch the brake pedle and stay;s on until turn ignition off
    • CVO
      3/30/2013 CVO
      Check the Stoplight switch, it directs current to the stop lights, cruise control, and shift interlock to turn them on or off.
      It may still engage.
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  • jazzie1962
    jazzie1962 - 2002 Honda CR-V - Brakes - 3/7/2013
    When i break my car jerks.just had starter put on the same was not jerking before.have new breaks front&back two
    also check engine light is on [d]-test saig something about throtter. all started when new starter put on.
    0 answer
  • jcruz303
    jcruz303 - 2004 Honda Accord - Brakes - 3/2/2013
    What does the safety relay do??
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I never heard of a safety relay at all, and if there is one, I never heard of it being in a Honda. I am sure that it must have a more recognizable name that this mechanic of 36 years on the job may have heard of before. But safety relay, no. Reminds me of a muffler bearing or a Finnegan pin.
  • hunterrwiilson
    hunterrwiilson - 1998 Honda Civic - Brakes - 2/28/2013
    My emergency brake light flashes randomly even though the E-Brake is down. Usually in 1st or 2nd gear and turning.
    It's a 98 Honda civic lx, manual
    • Joe Boulay
      2/28/2013 Joe Boulay
      Your brake fluid resevoir has a float, and as your brake fluid drops as brake pads wear. When the fluid level gets low enough a switch is activated when the float drops, and the brake warning light will illuminate. In your case it maybe that the fluid level is not yet quite low enough to have the light stay on continuously . Hope this helps :)
      Joe Boulay
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  • craigquakertown
    craigquakertown - 2007 Honda Fit - Brakes - 2/17/2013
    Car squeaks while driving and foot is off the brake pedal city driving
    As you come off brakes it starts happening
    • Jimm
      2/17/2013 Jimm
      Usually, this sound is the brake wear sensors built into the brake pad - these are small bits of metal that will ride on the brake rotor giving an audible signal to check and /or replace the disc brake pads.
      Check the many different on-line auto parts sources; such as -, and for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the replacement disc brake pads from around $5.99 for the front axle set.