I am trying to replace the rear disk brakes on my 2004 honda accord 2 dr coupe. The Caliper is frozen shut and I can't reset the caliper to put the new pads on. Do you know how I might be able to solve this?
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Re: Rear Brake Caliper
Most auto parts stores have a little cube that fits on a 3/8 ratchet wrench. use this cube to screw in your caliper. it has various nibs on it to fit a number of brake calipers. costs about 10 bucks. screw it in clockwise until its almost flush to the caliper housing...if you screw it in too far...the boot will pop over the piston and you will have a bigger mess. sometimes a screwdriver can be used to turn it but i prefer not to bleed. lastly make sure the grooves on the brake caliper piston is horizontal as to allow the caliper to slip over any "Nibs" on the new pads that are for alignment purposes.
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You should never need to adjust the cable what i suspect here is the back brakes need looking at ,but before i can tell you how to do it i will need to know if its A drum brakes B disk rear with cable to caliper C rear disk with cable running to the interior of the disk and not to the caliper
You can screw the rear caliper pistons back in, by using a needle nose pliers and turning the cross or x notch in a clockwise direction. both caliper pistons will turn the same way. The reason they "screw" out, is for positive locking pressure when the parking brake is engaged.
1. Jack up and support car with hydraulic floor jack and jack stands
2. Remove desired wheel(s)
3. Remove the two 17mm caliper botls
4. Remove the caliper and support with a coat hanger throught the bolt hole
5. Replace the brake pads (if needed) I recommend Honda
6. Remove the top off of the master brake cylinder that is attached to the brake booster under the hood.
7. Use an appropriate tool to reset the caliper cylinder to the recessed position. (C-clamp can work too)
8. Check to see that you have not spilled any brake fluid out of the top of the master cylinder (wipe any fluid up immediatley (especially if on paint)
9. Using a impact philips driver remove the two set screws for the rotor
10. Have rotor machined or replace with a new one (recommend Honda)
11. Clean new rotors with brakecleaner (whether new or machined)
12. Reinstall rotors and new set screws (be sure to use impact driver to set them)
13. Reinstall newly loaded calipers (with new pads)
14. Reinstall two bolts on the rear
15. Remove any supports from within the wheel-well (coat hangers/wires) that were used to support caliper
16. Reistall wheel and torque bolts to 80 ftlbs.
17. Lower the vehicle slowly after removing jack stands from the rocker panel.
18. Replace the cap on the master cylinder reservoir.
19. Test at slow speeds and take it easy for a while.
Having the sa but haven't replaces the brake switch. The owner's manual for my 99 accord indicates the the fuse is located behind a panel that is viewable when you open the door on the driver's side. There is a panel that you remove (pull off) to expose the fuses. The brake light fuse is the third one from the top on the left. 7.5 A