1989 Honda Civic

Tiny
DEFOX03
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  • 1989 HONDA CIVIC
Brakes problem
1989 Honda Civic

hey I just bought this car for something cheap to drive and my rear brakes are shot. But my problem is that my front brakes appear to be in good shape but only the drivers side one works. Also the brake pedal takes excessive pressure. Whats wrong with them?
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Friday, April 9th, 2010 AT 12:33 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi deFox03,

Thank you for the donation.

Bleed all for wheels to check if pressure is getting to all of them. If pressure are present t all brakes, check:
1. Caliper pistons.
2. Caliper slider bolts.
3. Brake booster. If pedal pressure is hard, you might have a bad booster.
If pedal pressure is soft but it is not easy to stop vehicle, and fluid pressure is good, either the brake pads quality are suspect or the calipers pistons are seized.

Are the rear brakes disc or drum?
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Saturday, April 10th, 2010 AT 8:26 AM
Tiny
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The rear brakes are drum. How do I bleed the brakes? Do u think it might be the master cylinder?
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Saturday, April 10th, 2010 AT 11:23 AM
Tiny
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If the master cylinder fails, the pedal would sink to the floor if you hold the pdeal for a few seconds.

To bleed the brake system, you would need an assistant to depress and hold the brake pedal while you release the bleeder nut at the calipers or backing plated of the drum brakes. Retighten nut before releasing the brake pedal.

A transparent hose attached to the bleeder nut would allow you to see if air is trapped in the system.

Does the handbrake hold and is lever very high?
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Saturday, April 10th, 2010 AT 9:11 PM
Tiny
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Yes the handbrake holds but I have to pull it up all the way. I know I need to get new rear brakes though.
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Sunday, April 11th, 2010 AT 11:45 AM
Tiny
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Drum and disc brakes have different handbrake lever height.

If there is insufficient freeplay for the handbrake cables, the rear brakes would not self adjust and over time, the lever would get higher and higher with the pedal getting lower.

Ensure there is sufficient free travel when handbrake lever is released. If there are too much free travel, then you would need to reduce it by adjusting the nut below rear of center console.
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Sunday, April 11th, 2010 AT 2:44 PM

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