Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Cable

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See Figure 1

The parking brake is a mechanical type which applies braking force to the rear wheels, through the rear brake shoes (disc brake pads on rear disc equipped models). The cable, which is attached to the tail end of the parking brake lever, extends to the equalizer and to both rear brakes. When the lever is pulled, the attached cable pulls both the both parking brake arms fitted to the brake shoes. On rear disc equipped models, the cables are connected to a lever on the caliper.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Parking brake cable assembly-component view

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 2 through 7

  1. Remove the access cover at the rear of the console. Loosen the adjusting nut until the cable ends can be disconnected from the equalizer.
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On some models removing the shroud surrounding the parking brake lever may give greater access to the parking brake cable ends.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel and tire assemblies.
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  5. On disc brake equipped vehicles, pull out the lock pin, remove the clevis pin and remove the clip.
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  7. On drum brake equipped vehicles, remove the brake drum and brake shoes. Disconnect the cable from the backing plate.
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  9. Detach the cables from the cable guides or remove the cable guides if necessary and slide out the cables from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the shroud for the parking brake lever makes access to the cable ends and adjustment a far-easier task



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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the exposed parking cable ends and adjustment mechanism-notice the unequal reach of the cables accommodated for by the pivoting equalizer



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the adjuster nut for maximum access to the cables-if the ends can be freed by only loosening the adjuster, there is no need for removal



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the barrel ends from the parking brake cables by turning and lifting



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Fig. Fig. 6: Unbolting the cable guides in this case makes removal (and replacement) easier



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Fig. Fig. 7: Free at last: the cables are ready for removal-assuming they are detached at the rear brakes as well

To install:
  1. Connect the cables to the cable guides. Connect the cables at the brake drum and install the brake shoes. On rear disc equipped models, connect the cable to the caliper lever and install the lock pin and clevis pin.
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  3. Install the brake drum.
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  5. Install the wheel and tire assembly. Connect the cable at the equalizer assembly.
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  7. Adjust the parking brake.
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ADJUSTMENT



See Figures 8 and 9

Inspect the cables for excess wear, signs of fraying or any damage which may hamper proper operation. The cables should not bind through their travel. If a cable is worn to the point of fraying, its breakage is just a matter of time. Replace any cable which show signs of damage

Check the ratchet mechanism for signs of wear. Replace any components which are excessively worn.



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the access cover behind the parking brake lever



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Fig. Fig. 9: Turning the adjuster nut on the brake cable equalizer takes up or increases the slack thereby tightening or loosening the cable as needed

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. On rear disc brake equipped vehicles, make sure the lever of the rear brake caliper contacts the brake caliper pin.
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  5. On drum brake equipped vehicles, make sure the rear brakes are properly adjusted.
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  7. Pull the parking brake lever up one notch.
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  9. Remove the access cover at the rear of the console and tighten the adjusting nut until the rear wheels drag slightly when turned.
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  11. Release the parking brake lever and check that the rear wheels do not drag when turned. Readjust if necessary.
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  13. With the equalizer properly adjusted, the parking brake should be fully applied when the parking brake lever is pulled up 6-10 clicks.
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