Honda Accord/Civic/Prelude 1973-1983 Repair Guide

Brake Drums

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the rear wheels. Make sure that the parking brake is OFF .
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  3. Remove the bearing cap, cotter pin and the castle nut or spindle nut.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Rear drum brake assembly-Early models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear drum brake assembly-Later models

  1. Pull off the rear brake drum. If the drum is difficult to remove, use a brake drum puller or a front hub puller and slide hammer.
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  3. To install, reverse the removal procedures. Torque the rear hub nut to 83 ft. lbs. (Civic 1973-79 early models).
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  5. On the Accord, Prelude and Civic (1980-83 late models), which have tapered roller bearings, use the following procedure:
    1. Torque the hub nut to 18 ft. lbs.
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    3. Rotate the drum by hand several times and loosen the nut.
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    5. Torque the nut to 4 ft. lbs.
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    7. If the spindle nut is not aligned with the hole in spindle, tighten the nut just enough to align the nut and the hole.
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    9. Insert the cotter pin holder and a NEW cotter pin.
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INSPECTION



Check the drum for cracks and the inner surface of the shoe for excessive wear and damage. The inner diameter (I.D.) of the drum should be no more than specifications, nor should the drum be more than 0.10mm out-of-round. Refer to a local automotive machine shop if necessary.

 
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