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Old 07-22-2008, 10:54 PM
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Rear brake replacment

Getting ready to replace the rear pads and rotors on my lude..... Iv read through my chiltons manual but it doesn't say anything about the rotor removal... Now usually this wouldn't be a problem.. BUT i was reading through the on line manual you guys have on here and it looks like you have to take the spindle nut cover off in order to remove and replace the rear rotors... It looks like the process for removing the rear hub is the same for the rotor. To me this seems a bit excessive.. I'm used to just taking the caliper off and off comes the rotor...

So aside from popping those retaining screws off the rotor, do i really need to remove that spindle nut cover? this doesn't seem like a standard brake job.. any of you guys go through this on your own?

I havent popped the wheel off yet and looked at it just going by what this on line manual says... so its probably pretty strait forward but i just need to know if i have to go to honda and get some extra parts before i start busting it all apart .. as usual thanks for the help
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:09 AM
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Getting ready to replace the rear pads and rotors on my lude..... Iv read through my chiltons manual but it doesn't say anything about the rotor removal... Now usually this wouldn't be a problem.. BUT i was reading through the on line manual you guys have on here and it looks like you have to take the spindle nut cover off in order to remove and replace the rear rotors... It looks like the process for removing the rear hub is the same for the rotor. To me this seems a bit excessive.. I'm used to just taking the caliper off and off comes the rotor...

So aside from popping those retaining screws off the rotor, do i really need to remove that spindle nut cover? this doesn't seem like a standard brake job.. any of you guys go through this on your own?

I havent popped the wheel off yet and looked at it just going by what this on line manual says... so its probably pretty strait forward but i just need to know if i have to go to honda and get some extra parts before i start busting it all apart .. as usual thanks for the help
You may want to go by Auto Zone or Advanced, to get a rear caliper tool its this little sqaure job that I guess snaps into your 3/8" drive ratchet its used to turn your piston back in your rear calipers, trust me you need this tool if you plan on doing a brake job, as for the rotors my friends I'm sorry I have no clue yet I still need to get my rotors but I am laking the funds right now to do so. So yeah I would take the wheel off and just see what your working with then make a decision on if you can handle it without removing the spindle nut cover, hopefully you wont have to but make sure you do it right and also that you have the right tools for the job, good luck
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I could be wrong, but im 85% sure on this, you do NOT have to take off the castllated nut, the is only there to hold the suspension and hub assembly in place, if you look at a rotor, it has the hole in the middle where the hub assembly can slide into it, all you have to do is pop the wheel off, get the caliper off, suspend the caliper (DO NOT SUSPEND BY THE BRAKE LINE, USE MECHANICS WIRE OR STRING OR ANYTHING ELSE!!!!!!) and the the rotor should slide right off
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:12 AM
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There you go, now still get the caliper tool it will save you alot of trouble, The piston in the rear calipers can not be pressed in like the fronts. They turn in I believe clockwise not sure, don't try to press them in with a c clamp you'll be sorry.
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If its the same as a 4g, which most likely its close here is a step by step ... I just crashed my prelude and had to do some repairs on the bushings and control arms so I went through all this bullshiit.

1.Remove lugs and wheels

2. Remove 3 bolts on back of caliper, they are connected to the back of spindle housing. Remove caliper/pads

3. Get a good screwdriver and a hammer and take of the hub cap (its actually the spindle nut cover but the correct term is hub cap) Its a circular metal plate. BE CAREFUL NOT TO DAMAGE THIS!!!

4. There is a huge spindle nut on there and I BELIEVE its 28 or 32 millimeter. Its pretty big.

5. Wobble and shift the rotor back and forth while pulling off and it should come right off.

YOU DO NOT NEED A BRAKE TOOL. YOU NEED A RATCHET/WRENCH SET, A SCREWDRIVER, AND A HAMMER!

The brake lines can stay attached to the caliper, and your best off keeping them that way. If you remove the brake line off of it, then your going to end up having to bleed both sides (b/c brake fluid and air leak out)

Dont use chiltons, I believe it brash that has the prelude resource guides in his sig. Go to the resource guides and download the 4th gen or 5th gen. It will say ~~download~~ or something. I got chiltons from the library and ended up using the resource guides b/c they give you a better step by step.

I'm at work right now but if you need, when I get home I can take pictures of everything, upload them, and post them on here.

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^^^^ well since this is the 5th gen section I'm guessing its a 5th gen lol.... But yeah anyway my question wasn't how to change brakes, got that part covered, but rather do I need to buy that cap... But thanks for the reply none the less. I mean if I end up having to take it off, more then likley its going to get all ganked up so ill just replace it. But I would rather know ahead of time is all...
I will be doing this tomorrow along with a few other things.. Weather pending of course. We have been having some rough weather here in ohio latley...
But anyway I will do a DIY write up on the rear brakes if any one is interested.....
I probably should have done a write up on the other crap iv had to do but I didn't take pictures. Wasn't really worried about that at the time. But like I said if you guys would be interested in it ill go ahead and take some pics this time around.....
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When looking at your rotors, you'll see a few threaded holes near the hub...just get a bolt that will fit into one of those holes and screw it in. As your screwing it in, the rotor will slide off. Easy.

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Brakes aren't a hard thing to do, but a write up would be great for the people who dont know how to do them, and want to save some money. I say go with the write up. Someone will appreciate it down the road, and thats all that matters.
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Big clamp,
PB blaster,
lots of water,
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a weekend, nuff said,
make sure the clamp isnt a soft metal, the rotor will fight back and break your clamp, you have to compress the piston, if it wont go in, open the bleader valve WHILE compressiong so flud goes out and air doesnt come in

then close when done compressing. ONLY IF YOU NEED TO OPEN IT BECAUSE IT WONT BUDGE!
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hell yeah dude, spray a little under the best boot, let it sit for a bit, open the boot back up, let it drain, compress w00t!

great for everything, it even smells good when you burn it haha
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Don't use a clamp on your rear calipers, the piston turns in. There is a special tool that you can get that costs like $5 at Autozone

http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/60...scription.html

Found a diagram of one on this link here
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^^^^ yeah a lot of cars are that way now...... But these calipers were pretty bad off... One was frozen and couldn't be budged, so I just replaced them too.....
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