I'm trying to find instructions for replacing my front brake pads on my 2002 Honda Civic. Particularly, I can't remember the torque settings for the bolts, but I'd really like to have the instructions in front of me while I'm doing it. Can anyone help me find some instructions I can print out?
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Re: 2002 Honda Civic Front Brake Pad Change
Autozone.com has the best available information that is at no charge. They give you step by step instrucions and pictures with exploded views. Once you do the brakes a time or two it will be a snap. At the site simply add your vehicle and go to vehicle repair guides. Hope this helps.
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Yes, you must press the piston of the caliper all the way in to the "most inner position", you may do this by putting a wood pad over the face of the piston that you must retract and with some toogle tool, pry bar, or so, you should try to get the piston inside the cylinder. While doing this, the excedent of brake fluid will return to the reservoir that is over the master brake cilynder, so, you must take a look and keep the level of the fluid between max and min taking out the excess fluid with extreme care, it's contaminant and caustic, and may burn the car paint.
For front brake pads replacement you need only usually wrench set, inclusive 7 mm allen key also. But for rear brake pads replacement you need obligatory a special caliper piston pressing tool, in order to press back rear caliper piston with parking brake automatic adjustment!!!
For front brake pads. First you must verify yours front brake disc diameter: 280 mm or 288 mm. (On my car y have 288 mm). After that you can buy the brake pads (with wear sensor). For change front brake pads you must raise vehicle, remove wheels, extract the retaining spring of the caliper, and remove the caliper as follow: 1. Do not disconnect the brake hose from the caliper, and do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose! 2. Remove top and bottom caps (on back side of the caliper) for access to guide pins, then unbolt and remove them from the brake carrier. Remove the caliper. 3. Now you must thoroughly clean the brake calipers (free of grease). 4. Remove outer brake pad from brake carrier. 5. Pull inner brake pad out of brake caliper piston. 6. Check up the brake fluid level on the reservor, and emptying if neccessary! 7. Push piston back into brake caliper housing. 8. Install inner brake pad (with expanding spring) in brake caliper piston. (Arrow marked on pad - if exist, must point in direction of brake disc rotation when vehicle is moving forward). 9. Install outer brake pad into brake carrier. 10. Bolt brake caliper housing to brake carrier using two guide pins. Tightening torque is 25 Nm. 11. Install both caps. 12. Insert retaining spring into brake caliper housing. Important: Depress the brake pedal firmly several times while the car is stationary so that the brake pads adjust to their normal operating positions!!! Check brake fluid level and top up if neccessary!!! Please Rate my Response! Thanks!
What it sounds like is you have very poor quality pads on the car. The subject of brake pads can go on for days. If it was me I would buy a top of the line name brand pads , if the rotors can be turned the turn them or replace them. Also struts and shocks that are old affect the brakes and stopping distance. I think someone has just sold you poor quality brakes. and if your rotors are warpped this will cause the wiggle you feel when stopping.
Take off the master cyl. cap....make sure there's only about 1/2 in the reservoir.....as you will be pushing fluid back into it! Take a large screwdriver and pry back both pads into the caliper, until the puck is all the way in.
Take out the retaining pins and pull out the old pads. Put some anti-squeek on the backs of the new ones, and put them in....reverse the proceedure. you did to get them out..... Only do one side at a time. Make sure you pump the pedal back up before you drive away! No bleeding involved. Have fun!
Maybe this is a multiple post. The best available no charge is autozone. com When you go to the site, input your vehicle information and go to vehicle repair guides. They have step by step instructions and exploded views. Once you do the brakes a time or two it will be a snap. Hope this helps.
Yes, depending on the quality of the rotor, in extreme conditions it can rust out quicker. The brake pad graps the rotor, 'cleaning' it as it stops the vehicle. If the vehicle sits for a long period of time then it is more likely to accumulate rust. If a rotor gets out of balance, (this is what causes your vibration) it needs to be remachined. The rotor can only be machined so many times before it is too thin to use. The rear rotor must be thinner than the front rotor. Since this is a vital part of your brake system, it's money well spent to help insure your safety.