REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 11
- Remove the master cylinder cover and, assuming the reservoir is full, remove half the quantity of brake fluid in the master cylinder.
Forcing the pistons back into the calipers will push the displaced brake fluid back into the master cylinder reservoir. Make sure the level is low enough to accommodate the added fluid.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
- As required, separate the brake hose clamp from the knuckle by removing the retaining bolts.
- Remove the lower caliper retaining bolt and pivot the caliper out of the way.
- Remove the pad shim and pad retainers. Remove the disc brake pads from the caliper.
- Clean the caliper thoroughly; remove any rust. Check the brake rotor for grooves, cracks and proper thickness. Machine or replace, as necessary.
- Install the pad retainers. Apply a thin coat of Molykote® or a suitable anti-seize disc brake pad lubricant to both sides of the shims and the back of the disc brake pads.
- Install the pads and shims.
- Use a suitable tool to push in the caliper piston so the caliper will fit over the pads.
- Pivot the caliper down into position and tighten the mounting bolts. For 1984-87 Civic models (all) tighten to: 13 ft. lbs (18 Nm) torque. For 1988-91 Civic EX 4-door, tighten the bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm). For 1988-91 CRX DX (Std.) and Si, tighten the bolts to: 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). For 1988-95 Civic models (except CRX and and Civic 4D EX models), tighten the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
- Connect the brake hose to the knuckle, if removed. Install the wheel and tire assembly and lower the vehicle.
- Check the master cylinder and add fluid as required, then replace the master cylinder cover. Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the pads.