FAQ: How to Troubleshoot, Repair & Maintain Hondas and Selected Other Vehicles
Asked Dec 4, 2006, 09:16 AM
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2. Raise rear of car and support securely on jack stands placed under the rocker panel.
3. Remove wheel nuts and rear wheel.
4. Pull the parking brake lever up.
5. Remove hub cap, raise locking tab on spindle nut, and remove spindle nut (32 mm socket) with a breaker bar or impact wrench.
6. Release parking brake and remove drum. If you have disc brakes, remove the caliper shield and brake hose mounting bolt. Remove caliper, suspending it to one side on a wire; remove caliper bracket mounting bolts and caliper bracket; and remove brake disc.
7. Remove and install new hub unit. Button everything up, apply parking brake, and tighten a new spindle nut to specification. Civic spindle nuts are often tightened 134 lb.-ft. (18.5 kg-m). Stake the spindle nut shoulder against the spindle with a ball pein hammer and chisel.
Bearing life, to a large extent, is a function of preloading the bearing properly and ensuring the seal keeps water and contaminants out. Preload represents a tight bearing setting, whereas endplay represents a loose setting. Therefore, use good technique, a new spindle nut, and an accurate torque wrench when tightening spindle nuts. When you store a "click" type torque wrench, set it to zero.
1. With engine off, depress brake pedal several times; then, depress the pedal hard and hold that pressure for 15 seconds. If the pedal sinks, the master cylinder, brake line, or brake caliper is bad.
2. Start engine with pedal depressed. If the pedal sinks slightly, the vacuum booster is working. If the pedal height does not vary, the booster or check valve is faulty.
1. Depress the brake pedal with the engine running, then stop the engine. If the pedal height does not vary, while depressed for 30 seconds, the vacuum booster is fine. If the pedal rises, the booster is faulty.
2. With the engine off, depress the brake pedal several times using normal pressure. When the pedal is first depressed, it should be low. On consecutive applications, pedal height should gradually rise. If the pedal position does not vary, check the booster check valve.
Check Valve Test:
1. Disconnect brake booster vacuum hose at booster.
2. Start engine and let it idle. Vacuum should be available--if not, the check valve is not working correctly. Replace the check valve and retest.
I replaced my distributor on 92 accord following you instructions. However, towards the end, it says that I need to read section C and D to precisely set idle speed and ignition timing. Can you tell where I can find those Sections? Thanks.
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