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How to Replace Front Brakes 90-00 Honda Civic

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How to Replace Front Brakes 90-00 Honda Civic

Created on: 2021-01-16

Check out this video to see how you can replace the front brakes on your 90-00 Honda Civic.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Inspecting the Brakes
    • Check for gouges on both sides of the rotor
    • Check the thickness of the brake pads
    • Check the brake pad wear indicator
  3. step 3 :Removing the Brake Pads
    • Remove the two 12mm bolt from the brake caliper
    • Pry the brake pads into the caliper with a flat blade screwdriver to push in the pistons
    • Pull the caliper aside
    • Pull the brake pads off by hand
  4. step 4 :Removing the Brake Rotor
    • Remove the two 17mm bolts from the brake caliper bracket
    • Pull off the brake caliper bracket
    • Remove the two Phillips head plugs from the rotor with a Phillips bit and ratchet or an impact screwdriver and hammer
    • Pull the rotor off
  5. step 5 :Preparing the New Brake Pads and Rotors
    • Clean the rotor with brake parts cleaner or mineral spirits
    • Apply grease to the brake pad tabs
    • Apply grease to the caliper slides
    • Clean the brake pad slides with a wire brush
  6. step 6 :Installing the New Brake Rotor
    • Put an old pad in the caliper
    • Use a large C-clamp and the old pad to push the pistons back
    • Slide the rotor on
    • Insert the two Phillips head plugs into the brake rotor
    • Put the bracket back into place
    • Start the 17mm bolts by hand
    • Tighten the bolts to 85 foot-pounds of torque
  7. step 7 :Installing the New Brake Pads
    • Apply grease to the brake caliper slides
    • Install the new brake pads into the bracket
    • Put the caliper on
    • Thread the 12mm bolt by hand
    • Tighten the 12mm bolt
  8. step 8 :Reattaching the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
  9. step 9 :Testing the Brakes
    • Pump your brakes repeatedly until they feel firm
    • Test your brakes at 5 miles per hour and then 10 miles per hour
    • Road test the vehicle

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Large C-Clamp

    Hammer

    Jack Stands

    Wire Brush

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Brake Parts Cleaner

    Bearing Grease

    Mineral Spirits

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Pipe Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

    Torque Wrench

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Impact Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    12mm Socket

    17mm Socket

    19mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we show you how to replace the front brakes on this 1998 Honda Civic and it's the same part and process on these Civics from '96 to 2005. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver's side is the similar procedure. The items you'll need for this are a new brake pad and rotor kit from 1AAuto.com; 12mm, 17mm, and 19mm sockets and ratchet with a piece of pipe for leverage; a Phillips bit or an impact driver; flat blade screwdriver; wire brush; brake grease; a torque wrench; jack and jack stands; and a large C-clamp.

Start off by removing your wheel. If you don't have the benefit of air tools, you want to loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground and raise it and secure it with jack and jack stands and remove the lug nuts and the wheel and tire the rest of the way.

To inspect your brakes, you want to check the rotor for any deep gouges. This one has several. Then, you want to check your brake pads and you can check this one here and you can also check them right through here on your caliper.

Now, remove this 12mm bolt right here. Use a flat blade screwdriver and pry the inside brake pad back. That will push the piston and the caliper back so you can lift it out and then pull it back off the slide and just put that up and out of the way. Pull the brake pads off.

Back here, you'll see two 17mm bolts. Just go ahead and remove those and you may need a piece of pipe for some added leverage to help you with this. Once those are removed, your caliper bracket will come right off. There's two Phillips plugs on this rotor and you can use a Phillips bit, but if it doesn't work, if it's too hard to remove them, you may need to use an impact driver like we're using here. Let me just hammer the end of it and turn and you want to remove those two Phillips plugs. Once they're removed, the rotor pulls right off.

On the right, are the old rotor and brake pads. On the left are the new ones from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical and the mount exactly the same. Use some mineral spirits or thinner to just clean the packing grease off of your rotor and take some brake grease and put it on the ends of your brake pads. Use a wire brush to just clean off your caliper bracket, primarily where the brake pads fit in.

Put an old brake pad in front of the caliper piston and use a C-clamp and just push that brake pad in and this will reset that caliper piston. Slide your new rotor in place and we'll fast forward as Don replaces those two Phillips plugs and put your caliper bracket into place and replace those two 17mm bolts that hold it. You want to torque these bolts to 85 foot-pounds.

Apply some brake grease to the slide and put your brake pads into place. Pull your caliper down and put it into place to slide it on the slide and push it down and replace that lower slide bolt.

We'll just fast forward as he tightens that up nice and firm and then replace your wheel and your wheel cover and then the four lug nuts. You want to tighten them preliminarily. Lower the vehicle and then tighten them the rest of the way and then torque each of them in a crossing pattern to 100 foot-pounds.

Before taking the vehicle out on the road, you want to first pump the brakes until they firm up and then do a stopping test from five miles per hour and then ten miles per hour.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Large C-Clamp
  • Hammer
  • Jack Stands
  • Wire Brush
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Brake Parts Cleaner
  • Bearing Grease
  • Mineral Spirits

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Pipe Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Impact Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket

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1990 - 1991  Honda  Civic
1992 - 1993  Honda  Civic
1993 - 1997  Honda  Civic Del Sol
1990 - 1991  Honda  CRX
1994 - 2000  Honda  Civic
1996 - 2000  Honda  Civic
1998 - 2000  Honda  Civic
2004 - 2004  Honda  Civic
2004 - 2005  Honda  Civic
2002 - 2003  Honda  Civic
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2006 - 2011  Honda  Civic
2010 - 2014  Honda  Insight
1984 - 1985  Honda  Accord
1999 - 2000  Honda  Civic
1988 - 1989  Honda  CRX
1992 - 1998  Honda  Civic
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Honda Civic Civic Del Sol CRX Front Ceramic Performance Brake Pad & Rotor Kit TRQ Performance BKA12318

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  • (1) Front Ceramic Brake Pad Set
  • (2) Front Performance Brake Rotors
  • 9.41 in. (239mm)
  • Vented
  • 4 Lug
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  • Brake Pad Contact Point Grease
  • Premium G-Coated
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