Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Brake Pads

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INSPECTION



The disc pads should be replaced when approximately 2mm lining thickness remains (thickness of lining material only). If lining thickness varies between inner and outer brake pads check the brake caliper. The disc brake pads are always replaced as a set (both front wheels).

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1973-78 Models

See Figures 1, 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the pad retaining clip (early models)



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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the retaining pin springs (early models)



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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the disc brake components (later models)

  1. Raise and support the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the wheels.
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  3. After removing the wheel, remove the pad retaining clip which is fitted in the holes of the pad retaining pins.
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  5. Using a pair of pliers, remove the two retaining pins and fitting springs. When removing them, care must be taken to prevent the springs from flying apart.
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  7. The front brake pad can be removed, together with the shim, after removing the springs and pins. If the pads are difficult to remove, open the bleeder valve and move the caliper in the direction of the piston. The pads will become loose and can be easily removed.
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After the pads are removed, the brake pedal must not be touched.

The disc pads should be replaced when approximately 2mm lining thickness remains (thickness of lining material only).

To provide space for installing the pad, loosen the bleed valve and push the inner piston back into the cylinder. Also push back the outer piston by applying pressure to the caliper. After providing space for the pads, close the bleed valve and insert the pad. Insert a shim behind each pad with the arrow on the shim pointing up. Incorrect installation of the shims can cause squealing brakes. Bleed brake system.

1979-83 Models

See Figures 4 through 10

  1. Raise and support the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the wheels.
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  3. Remove the lower caliper support pin and pivot the caliper up, away from the rotor.
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  5. Remove the pads, shim and anti-rattle spring.
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To install:
  1. Clean all points where the shoes and shim touch the caliper and mount. Apply a thin film of silicone grease to the cleaned areas.
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  3. Place the anti-rattle springs in position.
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Fig. Fig. 4: View of the front disc brake assembly



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Fig. Fig. 5: Opening the bleeder valve-front brake caliper



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Fig. Fig. 6: Compressing the front brake caliper



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Fig. Fig. 7: Removing the mounting bolt or pin-front brake caliper



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Fig. Fig. 8: Removing the mounting bolt



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Fig. Fig. 9: Removing the front disc brake pad



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Fig. Fig. 10: Removing the front disc brake pads

  1. Install the pads with the shim against the outside shoe.
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  3. Loosen the bleed screw slightly and push in the caliper piston to allow mounting of the caliper over the rotor. Tighten the bleed screw.
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  5. Pivot the caliper down over the rotor and install the lower support pin. Tighten the pin to 13 ft. lbs.
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