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



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of rear drum brake assembly

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Fig. Fig. 2: Screwing in two bolts and tightening alternately will press off the brake drum

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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the rear brake drum

Brake shoes may contain asbestos, which has been determined to cause cancer and lung disease. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

All Honda Civic models not equipped with rear disc brakes employ a leading/trailing type of drum brake, in which there are two curved brake shoes supported by an anchor plate and activated by a wheel cylinder. When the brake pedal is depressed and hydraulic pressure is delivered to the wheel cylinder, the wheel cylinder expands to force the shoes against the drum.

Friction between the brake shoes and the drum causes the vehicle to slow and stop. When the brake pedal is released, the brake shoe return springs move the brakes away from the drum. If the lining on the brakes becomes contaminated or the lining/drum becomes grooved, the engagement of the brakes and drum will become very harsh, causing the brakes to lock up and/or squeal. If the brake shoes on one wheel contact the drum before the same action occurs in the other wheels, the brakes will pull to one side when applied.