2000 accord SE - rear drum brakes self-adjusting ?

Discussion in 'Accord' started by davetest, May 16, 2004.

  1. davetest

    davetest Guest

    Hello all,
    trying to figure this out. I think they could do with
    tightening a little. When driving, seems like almost all the
    braking is from the front.
    Had to replace the front pads at 15K miles.

    I'm suspicious that the reason for this is because the rear
    drums are not optimaly adjusted.

    Any info apprecitaed.
    davetest, May 16, 2004
  2. davetest

    Charlie S Guest

    Expect to replace the front disks at least twice before having to
    replace the rear drums. 15K miles is too soon unless you live in San
    Francisco and are driving up and down steep hills all the time.
    Were all the 4 pads worn the same? Did you use Drake grease on the
    Calipers so the inner and outer pads wear evenly?
    Check your driving habbits.....are you riding the brakes? Also your
    wife and kids.
    Charlie S, May 16, 2004
  3. davetest

    davetest Guest

    driving habits OK - never had this problem on
    any previous cars.

    Do the back brakes on this Honda adjust themselves?
    Perhaps by use of the handbrake?
    Somebody must have an insight on this?

    davetest, May 17, 2004
  4. davetest

    Charlie S Guest

    My experience with rear drum brakes is that they do adjust. I had a
    bad experience with the replacing of the rear drums on my '92 Accord,
    so I made sure that my '01 Accord has 4 wheel disks.

    The pads that only lasted 15K miles could have been poor quality soft

    I prefer to buy my Brake Pads from Auto Parts stores that sell to
    mechanics and if they have a choice, I prefer to buy the better

    There is a lot of junk for sale out there.

    Changing pads is an easy job but changing Honda drums is a frustrating
    Charlie S, May 18, 2004
  5. davetest

    Bruce Jones Guest

    Drum or Disk brakes?

    Drum brakes: from a stop, backup and come to a complete stop. Won't hurt to
    make the car rock slightly, that's when they self-adjust. Do this 4 - 5
    times. This will turn the self-adjusteing gear and adjust the drum brakes.

    Disk brakes: you cannot help adjustment on disc brakes, the caliper piston
    will automatically adjust for pad wear.

    Good luck
    Bruce Jones, May 24, 2004
  6. davetest

    motsco_ _ Guest


    Did you mean to say 'use the PARK BRAKE TO come to a complete stop....?
    The manual probably says to use the park brake regularly..... Even if
    the car is an automatic.


    motsco_ _, May 24, 2004
  7. davetest

    jim beam Guest

    it's the foot brake that operates the rear drum self-adjuster. if you
    have any worries, apply the foot brake _hard_ 10 - 20 times. that
    should pick up any slack caused by "gentle" driving. the advice about
    using the hand brake is in case the transmission locking pawl is not
    engaged properly - the car can roll.

    saw that on a u-haul once. the driver parked, got out, & climbed in the
    back. the transmission made a "tink" noise, then a ratcheting sound as
    it rolled down a steep grade into some parked cars. ugly.

    and i live in san francisco. i have 50k on my pads and they're only
    about 70% worn. beware dealers/parts shops that want to sell you stuff
    because they think you don't know any better.
    jim beam, May 24, 2004
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