Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000



Older brake pads or shoes may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be cancer causing agent. 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.

The brake pads should be inspected during every oil change. Brake wear varies with vehicle use and driving habits. Constant stop and go driving is likely to wear the linings much more quickly than highway driving. Vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle are more likely to wear the linings more quickly than those equipped with a manual transmission.

Driving habits also affect brake wear. Aggressive braking from high speeds is likely to wear the linings more quickly than slow gradual stops. Aggressive braking also generates much more heat which could result in premature brake rotor wear, potential rotor warpage and wheel bearing damage, as the heat generated can decrease the ability of the grease to adequately lubricate the sealed wheel bearing.

Some brake pads are equipped with audible wear sensors. When the brake linings reach their wear limit, a small metal tab begins to contact the brake rotor, making an audible, but light scraping noise which initially occurs when the brakes are used. Eventually it will make a high pitched scraping noise any time the vehicle is moving, being most noticeable at slow speeds.

If a scraping noise is heard when applying the brakes, inspect the brake linings immediately.

Sometimes brakes do squeal even though the brake linings are not worn. In this instance, the brake squeal usually diminishes when the brakes are used hard.

Causes of brake squeal include the following:

Rust or debris built up between the brake pad backing and caliper bracket
Insufficient lubricant on the sliding pins
Loose brake pad shims
Brake rotor surface wear and/or a ridge on the outer circumference of the brake rotor
Glazed, contaminated or improper brake linings