While a vehicle's ability to move is its main purpose, its ability to stop is even more important. To keep your 2005 Honda Civic stopping properly and to avoid damage to the braking system, you should change the disc brakes if they get worn out. Any time your brakes begin squeaking or fail to stop your Civic properly, you need to inspect the disc brakes for wear and replace them as soon as possible if they are worn out.
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Things you need
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
Loosen the lug nuts on one of the wheels with the lug wrench. Raise that corner of the Civic with a jack and support it on jack stands for safety. Remove the lug nuts and wheel. Place the lug nuts back onto the studs to hold the disc in place.
Remove the caliper mounting bolts while securing the caliper pins with a wrench. Detach the caliper but do not disconnect the brake hose. Use a piece of wire to hold the caliper out of the way. Remove the two bolts that hold the caliper bracket to the steering knuckle. Pull off the mounting bracket.
Inspect the disc for signs of extreme wear; light scratches and grooves are normal, but deep scarring of the disc is a sign that the disc should be replaced.
Pull off the lug nuts after loosening them with the lug wrench. Remove the two disc retaining screws. Slide the disc off of the hub; if it will not come off easily, insert two bolts into the holes on the disc and alternate tightening them a little at a time until the disc is pushed off.
Place the new disc into position over the threaded wheel studs. Install the two disc retaining screws and tighten them down.
Reinstall the caliper mounting bracket and then the caliper itself by attaching them with their bolts.
Remount the wheel onto the Civic and tighten the lug nuts. Remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle with the jack. Pump the brakes a few times and ensure that the pad contacts the disc.
Repeat this process on each wheel to replace any damaged discs.
Tips and warnings
- Unless you disconnected the brake line, you don't need to bleed the system after replacing the disc.
- Brake dust is harmful. Always wear a dust mask when working with brakes and never clean them with an air compressor which can put brake dust into the air of your workspace.
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