98 Civic Parking Brake Woes

Discussion in 'Civic' started by disallow, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. disallow

    disallow Guest

    Hi there,

    I have a 98 Civic LX (canadian) with 199000kms on it. Its a 5 speed, with
    the D16Y7 engine.

    I am completely clueless about the rear brakes, and how the
    parking brake hooks up to them. One side of my park brake
    sticks quite badly, especially when its cold. So I
    disconnected that side as a temporary fix. That was 6
    months ago, and I am still no closer to figuring out what
    is wrong with it.

    Any bright ideas out there? Or even better, PICTURES! :)
    I like pictures.

    disallow, Aug 13, 2004
  2. disallow

    Caroline Guest

    The Majestic online parts site indicates a 4-Door 98 Civic LX has rear drum
    brakes (non-ABS). Correct? If so, these brakes look a lot like my 91 Civic's
    rear drum brakes. They may be identical, but I haven't compared the part numbers

    For starters, taking off the drums, spraying everything down with a $2 can of
    brake cleaner (protecting parts as directed, if directed), and inspecting is
    easy. You'll likely need a couple of bolts to get the drums off.

    Taking apart the shoe assembly to the extent you can get at the parking brake is
    just a bit more challenging. One of the regulars here advised simply to be
    prepared to look at the other side's shoe as needed to get everything back
    together. I ended up looking at my Chilton's manual drawing a lot during the
    re-assembly, too.

    Overall, this was not that difficult if one has some mechanical aptitude and

    I bought a $2 packet of red brake grease at Autozone and lubed as directed in
    the Chilton's manual (sliding surfaces, in general).

    The online drawings at www.autozone.com for a 1995 Civic LX (again, I think
    this is likely the same as your car's drum brakes) seem about as good as one can
    get. They appear identical to my Chilton's drawings. Autozone also has a section
    on the parking brake that you may want to peruse.

    There are also drawings at
    http://www.honda.co.uk/owner/CivicManual/index.html, but . Click on brakes, then
    "Rear Brake Shoes," Disassembly and Assembly.

    It seems to me you should choose to start your troubleshooting at either the
    console (just to the driver's right) or at the drums. If you've never cleaned
    your brakes (not that this is a big deal), maybe start at the drums.

    I trust you have a pair of jackstands. Safety first...

    Remember, before removing the drums, have the parking brake off.

    Updates welcome, as always.
    Caroline, Aug 13, 2004
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