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90 Civic HB shake while braking

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by starboy869, Oct 4, 2003.

  1. starboy869

    starboy869 Senior Member

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    Hi,

    I have a 90 Civic HB with a sohc ZC with the DX 5spd transaxle.

    I have a shake in my steering wheel when I apply the brakes above 40KM/25Miles. Below this speed the shake goes away. Heavy braking or light braking there isn't a difference in the shakes. Also I don't feel any pulsing my brake pedal.

    Any ideas? Ball joint? A dead engine/trans mount? Missing wheel weight?

    I have two new CV joints. One installed back in Feb (driver side) and the other one in Aug. Also I had new brake rotors and pads installed last Feb.
    Also I have a new ball joint on the passenger side.
     
  2. Frankie P.

    Frankie P. Senior Member

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    I have the same problem in my SI, I don't know what is causing the problem. It usually only occurs during heavy breaking. It always goes away after new brakes, but after a while it comes back. Only thing that I can think that it could be is you might need to new brake pads?
     
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    your tires are off balance...go get it balance...if it's balanced..then take your brake rotor out and get it resuface...
     
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    d357r0y Junior Member

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    check the pivot bolt on your front calipers (it's covered by a pressed on metal cap).
    I had one come loose and had this same problem (i thought it was balance, warped rotors, etc.)
    Good luck.
     
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    Wow, I'm amazed at how little some people know about cars.
    Sounds like your rotors are warped. Take them and get them turned. Brakes get hot. You drive thru a puddle or something while your brakes are hot and your rotors warp.
    Hope this helps.
     
  6. starboy869

    starboy869 Senior Member

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    I was thinking a warped rotor myself, BUT wouldn't I feel a pulsing in my brake pedal vs my steering wheel? I've driven a car (GM) with warped rotors before and I had a pulsing in my brake pedal. Plus wouldn't the pulsing be there at all speeds instead of going away at speeds below 40Kms/hr?


    I'm (hopefully) going to pull my front wheels to have a quick look tomorrow.
     
  7. Frankie P.

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    I forgot to mention I got my rotors cut, and the problem stopped, was warped rotors. Probably your problem.
     
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    Sometimes you feel pulsation in the pedal, sometimes you don't. I guess it all depends on how bad they are warped and the car. My stratus didn't have a rotor on the driver's side. I didn't feel any pulsation at all. I heard some terrible noise, but I never felt the pedal.
    Keep us posted.
     
  9. starboy869

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    Hi,

    I finally got around to pulling my front wheels.

    I have a few problems in the front end.

    #1. Missing wheel weight on the inside driverside tire
    #2. Need a new driver side tie-rod end. small tear & leaking grease
    #3. A couple new front tires.. At the wear bars.. oops

    other problems..

    Inter tie-rod dust boot
    Leaking seals on transaxle. :(

    My rotors, and brakes pads checked out ok.
     
  10. GSRCRXsi

    GSRCRXsi Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    i was about to say, it could be a combination of things not always just ONE thing, but it looks like you found your problem. i know that when i was having th same problem, it was warped rotors and unbalanced wheels. hope things go well.
     
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    mines been doing that since day 1, usually warped rotors, get new pads, rotors, balance your wheels cause they should be anyways, along with a good alignment.
     
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