Broken and Leaking Brakes

A first generation Honda CR-V came into the shop with a scraping noise in the rear. It was coming from the left rear brakes.

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I took the drum off and found the problem. One of the pins that hold the shoes on had broken off, making the parts grind against the drum.

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After completely replacing the rear brakes, I went to pull it outside, but didn’t like how the brake pedal was felt. I decided to try bleeding the rear brakes in case some air had gotten into the wheel cylinder while I put the shoes on. But because the wheel cylinders were almost 20 years old, the bleeder screws did not what to turn, and after I got the left rear one loose, it just kept leaking.

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I also found that the line going to the right rear wheel cylinder had sprung a leak. I now needed to replace the wheel cylinders and the lines going to them. In order to get it outside while waiting for parts to arrive I had to drive using the parking brake, because I had no braking ability due to the leaks.

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To replace the wheel cylinders I had to unbolt the backing plate/bearing assembly, which thankfully wasn’t that bad. That gave me plenty of access to get the wheel cylinders out.

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Honda still offers pre-made brake lines despite the age of the car, so we just got those. It was a lot easier than trying to bend and flare them myself, and looks a lot neater.


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