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"Hard Brake Pedal" 99 LX

Old 25-Aug-2007, 10:09 PM
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"Hard Brake Pedal" 99 LX

Hey I'm having trouble with my mom's civic.

1999 LX 4Dr Sedan w/ rear drums.

Lately I noticed the brakes didn't feel good. So I inspected the front/rear brakes. Front pads/rotors were fine, pad thickness well above 70%.

However the rear drums/shoes were toast. I replaced the drums and shoes and braking is now "slightly better". Not much but bit better.

Now I still feel I really have to press the brakes for the car to stop. Its not smooth like my accord.

In my accord I don't have to travel as far "pedal distance" to have that braking feeling.

Where as in the civic i have to travel a further distance to even to get it to slow down nicelly.

However if i STOMP on the pedal the car will stop quickly like you'd expect.

I'm sorry if I'm not describing this properly but its a start.

Thanks any help would be appreciated.

I really want to avoid going to a shop for diagnostics but will do as a last resort.

I have new pads/rotors but didn't install them because the front brakes have so much life anyways but ordered them anyways.

BTW no vibration when braking either.
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Old 25-Aug-2007, 10:57 PM
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does your accord have ABS? i find that ABS cars have less pedal travel dunno if it has anything to do with it
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Old 25-Aug-2007, 11:56 PM
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adjust the rears more
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Old 26-Aug-2007, 01:51 AM
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Air in your brake lines maybe?? bleed the system. See if you get a better brake pedal response.
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Old 01-Sep-2007, 08:56 AM
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Getting **** looked mechanic have said brake booster/master cylinder........looks like its time to go to a junk yard with some tools next weekend.....

Buddys 94civic is also acting the same way..........I put in new pad / rotors shoes/drums cpl weeks back bleed the brakes...and still ****ty.......damn civics!
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