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Hi all. Got another question for you again.

So I just replaced the rear pads on my car. I learnt from my old car and DIDN'T use the hand break. Just left the car in gear.

Anyway the first thing I thought was odd was the break fluid reservoir didn't fill up with more fluid.
The old pads had about 2mm left on them so I wound the piston in quite a bit and the fluid level didn't alter.

After putting the car back together the handbreak is nearly all the way up and only just works.

So what have I done wrong and how do I fix it?
I'm gutted as it seemed fairly easy to change the pads.

Please help?
Thanks in advance
Graham

Ps sorry for bad spelling In the title.
 

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Try applying the handbrake as high as posible and then releasing several times as I believe this adjusts the calipers. Each time you apply the handbrake it should come up less.
 

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Changing the pads will not affect the brake fluid. Not done this on a civic yet but surely you need to adjust the handbrake itself; would have expected it to need easing off though not tightening up. Don't know what has gone wrong there.:(
 

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You can manually adjust the handbrake if it isn't auto tightening. Look in the centre arm rest and there is a small circular hole, with a rubber bung in. Remove the bung and peek through, you'll see a 10mm nut on the handbrake - lefty loosey righty tighty! I can post a pic from my phone from when I did the job previously if it will help explain.
 

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You can manually adjust the handbrake if it isn't auto tightening. Look in the centre arm rest and there is a small circular hole, with a rubber bung in. Remove the bung and peek through, you'll see a 10mm nut on the handbrake - lefty loosey righty tighty! I can post a pic from my phone from when I did the job previously if it will help explain.
Would this be worth a try as my handbrake lever is slack as buggery when handbrake is off??

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I put the handbrake on and off loads and it didn't get any better.
Everything was fairly loose. There was a like weird looking jelly on the rubber in the brake reservoir.

Ill look for that hole later. I didn't no if it would need adjusting at the back or not?

When do you recon the brake fluid was last changed. The cars a 57 with 5 Honda stamps?


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Think it is the 3rd service that Honda change the brake fluid - if you have the service stamps it ought to say.

Ignore the cables, but hopefully the image will give you an idea what you are looking for. I adjusted mine from here and it tightened up my handbrake lever a treat.
 

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Would this be worth a try as my handbrake lever is slack as buggery when handbrake is off??

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Yeah I would give it a try. I got an advisory for slack handbrake on MOT and did this right afterwards to sort it out. Didn't think mine was loose anyway but clearly the tester did!
 

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I put the handbrake on and off loads and it didn't get any better.
Everything was fairly loose. There was a like weird looking jelly on the rubber in the brake reservoir.

Ill look for that hole later. I didn't no if it would need adjusting at the back or not?

When do you recon the brake fluid was last changed. The cars a 57 with 5 Honda stamps?


Thanks for replys
Graham
Heavnt used a silicon based brake fluid at all have you ?
Dot 5.
 

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Brake fluid should have risen after fitting new pads. If fluid was OK beforehand, it is OK now. It sounds like , for whatever reason, the autoadjust mechanism is not working.
 

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Heavnt used a silicon based brake fluid at all have you ?
Dot 5.
I havnt. Assuming it has been changed it woulda bin by Honda.

I went out today and the odd thing is the handbreak has got better. Prob nearly as strong as before.
So I have no idea what happend and what changed.
I had a look in the arm rest and there's NO hole or rubber bung, what years ** car mines a 57.
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Brake fluid should have risen after fitting new pads. If fluid was OK beforehand, it is OK now. It sounds like , for whatever reason, the autoadjust mechanism is not working.
It should have dropped or been topped up.

It is not a good idea to force brake fliud back up through the line, clam off the hose going to the caliper and bleed the rest out.
 

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I had this problem when i had my c2 i was told that my hand brake cable was stretched and need a new one. Commonly happens when you yank the hand brake up or pull it up without using the button. I got it done and they also tightend the handbrake and it would only click up 4 times then hold haha
 

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It should have dropped or been topped up.

It is not a good idea to force brake fliud back up through the line, clam off the hose going to the caliper and bleed the rest out.
Quite agree years ago Haynes mauals used to say to just push the piston back, thus forcing the brake fluid passed the master cylinder into the reservoir.

In the Haynes Manual for the 7th gen Civic it said to open the bleed screw to drain the excess fluid.
 

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It should have dropped or been topped up.

It is not a good idea to force brake fliud back up through the line, clam off the hose going to the caliper and bleed the rest out.
I also agee with this, I believe it is possible to damage the ABS valves this way. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be common practice.
 

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I havnt. Assuming it has been changed it woulda bin by Honda.

I went out today and the odd thing is the handbreak has got better. Prob nearly as strong as before.
So I have no idea what happend and what changed.
I had a look in the arm rest and there's NO hole or rubber bung, what years ** car mines a 57.
Thanks
Graham
I can't find any rubber bung either, however it appears to be self tightening.

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I havnt. Assuming it has been changed it woulda bin by Honda.

I went out today and the odd thing is the handbreak has got better. Prob nearly as strong as before.
So I have no idea what happend and what changed.
I had a look in the arm rest and there's NO hole or rubber bung, what years ** car mines a 57.
Thanks
Graham

This is the location on mine - 57 (2008) CTS.

 

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This is the location on mine - 57 (2008) CTS.

That's where I meant,I used the zoomed in photo so you could see the nut to tighten inside. I wasn't aware there could be a different layout, mine is a 09 FN2.

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That's where I meant,I used the zoomed in photo so you could see the nut to tighten inside. I wasn't aware there could be a different layout, mine is a 09 FN2.

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I got what you meant - just posted a zoomed out version to give context in case others didn't get it :)
 
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