Hi all, I have been having some serious trouble with the brakes on my 80 accord hatch constantly rubbing and was wondering if someone has some insight
I have worked with brakes many times before, and never have I seen or dealt with slide plates. I always saw slide pins, which you greased and replace the boots on and voila. But here, there are these weird angled plates, and I can't see how they're supposed to function reliably - they don't move well like the kind with cylindrical pins.
Here is some background on the issue and what I have done so far:
- I figured out the rears were making noise because someone before me put the wrong springs to hold the shoes together, and the spring was literally rubbing on the part of the drum that houses the bearings.
1 month ago - the front started making noise a month ago, I disassembled to diagnose, and found that on one side, the outer pad was barely worn, while the inner was bare metal (piston is on the inner side), with no pad material left. This led me to believe the slides were not moving - I thought that would explain the pad next to the piston being very worn and the other pad being barely worn. ordered parts and reassembled for now.
1 week ago - I replaced the rotors and pads (huge pain, had to press the hub apart to change rotors), and well as thoroughly cleaning caliper, bracket, and slide plates. I greased the slide plates with red bearing grease, but they do not move freely. in fact once I install the first slide plate I have to tap the other in with mallet. I don't understand how these plates are supposed to move well ????
I know the rubbing is serious because after about 15-20 mins of driving, the lug nuts on the front wheels become very hot - as was the case when the spring was rubbing in the rear brake: it got hot until i fixed it now it stays cool or a little warm after alot of driving.
for the record, I put "new/rebuilt" master cylinder, calipers, brackets, and pads on in july (exactly 6 months ago), and the operation was intermittently good/bad since then, with the brakes sometimes working well and being quiet, and other times being loud and heating up - I tried to relate the issues to how long I was driving, how hot it was out, and other factors, but the intermittent nature of the problem seemed purely random to me until it got worse and was constant.
can anybody offer any insight please? I have been battling these brakes from 6 months now, and I really just want to enjoy the car!