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Honda Civic Del Sol Brake Caliper

Troubleshooting a Seized Honda Civic Del Sol Brake Caliper

On their own, your brake pads won't be able to make your rotors slow down or stop moving. This pair of friction material needs to bond with metal plates that will hold them in place against the fast-spinning discs. The metal plates are connected to a piston or two, forming what's known as a brake caliper. Whenever you put your foot down on the brake pedal, your Honda Civic del Sol brake calipers will clamp down against the brake discs, bringing the pads and discs into contact and ultimately slowing your wheels down. Because of these functions, you need to deal with any arising problems with your calipers immediately. Otherwise, you'll compromise the safety of your semi-convertible.

Symptoms and effects of a seized brake caliper

When one of your brake calipers seizes up, it will cause your Honda Civic del Sol to pull to one side whenever you apply pressure to the brake pedal. The seized or locked caliper can be found at the opposite side of where your Honda pulls. So, if your car pulls to the left, the malfunctioning caliper will be at the right side, and vice-versa.

If you don't deal with this issue at once, your seized caliper can cause further complications like brake drag, cracks or deep grooves in the brake discs, and overheating of the rotors.

Troubleshooting a seized brake caliper

Oftentimes, a brake caliper seizes up when it is mounted on screws that are too tight. So, you'll need to check how hard your seized caliper is braking and then loosen the screw slightly so that the caliper's components can move more freely. And while you're at it, check the caliper's piston and see if it's overworked or not. If the pistons are overworked, you'll need to replace your braking system.

Another reason why a Honda Civic del Sol brake caliper could seize up is that it has become too clogged with debris. If you see dirt, dried mud, or bits of plants stuck onto the caliper you'll need to remove them. If the calipers have become too rusty, you'll need to replace them.

Your caliper could also seize up because it has worn down over time. When you inspect your caliper, you'll need to pay attention to how much effort it exerts to grip your front brake pads. Old calipers in need of retirement tend to over-exert their parts so that it can grip the pads, so replace them immediately.

  • Dos and Don'ts in Maintaining Your Honda Civic Del Sol Brake Caliper 27 February 2013

    As a vital component of your brake system, you need to ensure that your brake calipers are in tip-top shape. Otherwise, you might find your Honda Civic del Sol pulling to one side whenever you step on the brake pedal because of a locked brake caliper. To prevent this from happening, you need keep the following in mind:


    Do take off your caliper assembly.

    Taking the caliper assembly off your Honda will make it easier for you to clean it and to inspect it for any broken or worn out parts. This can also prevent you from damaging its components during the cleaning process. To do this, you'll need to raise your Honda up on some jacks and removing your wheels. Then, clamp the brake line just tight enough to prevent fluid loss but not too tight as to damage the hose. Afterwards, remove the hose, bolts, brake pads, and pins from the caliper assembly so that you can bring it to your workbench.


    Do clean your caliper regularly.

    One of the reasons why brake calipers seize up is because it can get clogged up with debris. So, you'll need to clean your Honda Civic del Sol caliper regularly to prevent this. This involves using some brake fluid and a scrub brush to remove the built-up grease and dirt from the caliper itself. Then, when you get to the smaller areas, you'll need to switch to an old toothbrush that can do the job better. Afterwards, change your toothbrush for a soft rag to clean the rubber grommets or seals. Finally, don't forget to use a scrub pad to remove the debris from the piston and you've got a clean caliper on your hands.


    Do your inspections at the same time.

    While cleaning, you need to inspect the caliper for any damaged components that need replacing. But, when you see that it has broken pistons, or if it looks too rusty and worn down, then you'll need to stop what you're doing to look for a replacement instead.


    Don't tighten the screws too much.

    Being mounted on too-tight screws is often the reason why a brake caliper seizes up. So, keep this in mind when you're re-installing your Honda Civic del Sol brake caliper. You need to ensure that its screws are tight enough to prevent brake pedal softness but loose enough to give it some room to move.


    Do lubricate its components.

    To ensure that your caliper and its components work better and last longer, you'll need to grease them up with a silicone-based lubricant. Just use your fingers to lubricate the slide pins before sliding them in and out of the slide pin boots in the housing slowly.


    Don't forget your other caliper.

    Repeat the whole process for the caliper located behind the wheel on the opposite side of your Honda. In this way, you ensure that both of them don't seize up easily.