I have a 2003 honda element dx , i have replaced both calipers and hardware on the front brakes and also pads. still the brakes will lock up as it was doing prior to the new parts being installed. does any one have a possible answer to this problem . i am thinking master cylinder ?. i am also seeking a downloadable repair manual if any one has one, any help greatly appreciated.
If only one wheel locking up good change it is the rubber brake line going to that caliper. also make shore the brake peddle is not being blocked from restoring to home position. The ABS system can give you the same problem, That would need to be scanned with a scanner.
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both calipers could be seized or collapsed brake flex hose, although for both to go at same time is extremely unusual. the master cylinder is not clearing the port for the front brakes holding pressure in the system.
Diagrams don't exist for everything on a car. There is no diagram to replace the brakes.
Chock the front wheels, and jack up the rear of the vehicle. USE SAFETY STANDS. Remove the wheel & tire. Using a C-Clamp (one side on the pad, and the other side on the back of the caliper), compress the caliper pistons in. Remove the 2 slide pin bolts (2 on each side). If you can't find them, just look harder. There's 4 bolts for the brake assembly - the smaller ones are the ones you want to remove. They've got a rubber boot over where they attach to. Remove the caliper, remove the pads. Replace the pads, and put the caliper back on. If the caliper does not fit, the piston is not in far enough - just use the C-clamp and an old pad to press it in further. Put the caliper back in, and tighten the two bolts down con juevos. Repeat for the other side. Put the wheels back on, and lower the vehicle. Remove tire chocks.
For the sake of your safety, before you even START the car, pump the brake pedal until it is firm. Start the car and pump it a few more times.
To check this problem. raise the front when they are locking up. open the bleeder valve on the caliper. If the calipers release then replace the hose going to the caliper. if they don't release replace the caliper.
good day Sir,
well it all depends...i would assume all the civics have the same brake
Take off the tire, loosen your caliper, (make sure u dont let it just
hang there), use a screwdriver (flat head) to take off the pads, use a
big channel lock wrench to push in the caliper piston to where its flush
with the caliper, put new pads in same way as the old ones were, then
put everything back together but make sure u pump the brakes a few times
to get fluid back into the lines.
hope that helps some what i'm sure i forgot something so dont go on what
i say, because i'm not 100% sure on this. But this is the some of the
basic's of it.
CHECK THE RUBBER LINES IN THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE CAR ON EACH WHEEL. THEY GO TO THE CALIPERS ON THE FRONT/REAR BRAKES..IF THEY ARE TOO BAD THEY CAUSE LOCK UP ON THE BRAKES AS THAY COLLAPSE AND WONT LET THE PRESSURE DRAIN TO RELEASE BRAKES (LINE LOCK) ;) BAD CRACKS.SPLITS OR WEAR CAN CAUSE THIS.
OTHERWISE YOU MAY HAVE A STUCK CALIPER WHICH SHOULD BE REPLACED, OR PARKING BRAKE IS STUCK.
remove tire, two bolts 14mm i believe 1 on top 1on bottom use c clamp tp compress pads remove lower slide bolt calipers will slide up check hardware grease shims contact points push caliper down install lower bolt pump brakes several times and go where do u live ill do it
The problem described here indicates that you may have the AWD (full time 4WD) drivetrain of the 2003 Element.
It is normal to have 1 side of the vehicle to have increased wear due to the transmission differential, that allows your vehicle's wheels to move at different speeds from the others (turning, inclines, etc.)
Your brake pads really need constant inspection and possible replacement (approx 5,000 miles) with everyday driving, and is really a consumable item like your fuel.
You will find that it is much cheaper to replace the brake pad/lining of your disc brakes than grinding down the supposedly shiny discs that slow down your vehicle.
RE: salt/snow, you can improve your discs' longevity by rinsing them out with warm water after being driven in extreme conditions.