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How to Change the Brakes on a 1990 Acura Legend

The Acura Legend, also known as the Honda Legend, was the Acura flagship sedan from 1986 to 1995. The 1990 Legend was sold with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Over time, the brake pads wear out and should be replaced. Because the front wheels handle almost two-thirds of the braking power, they need to be replaced more often. When the brake pedal is compressed and a squealing sound is emitted, it is a signal that the pads should be replaced as soon as possible.

Tools Used: Lug wrench, Jack, Jack stands, Socket wrench, Wire, Silicone grease, Flat-head screwdriver (optional)

Change the Brakes

Park the Acura Legend on a flat, level surface and set the parking brake.

Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel that needs to be worked on with the lug wrench. Turn the lug wrench one full turn on each nut.

Place the jack under the end of the vehicle that needs to be worked on, under the center of the frame. Lift the Acura until jack stands can be placed under the axles. Finish removing the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Remove the wheel and place it away from the work area.

Compress the piston on the caliper by hand. Remove the bolts holding the caliper in place with a socket wrench. Remove the caliper. Tie a short piece of wire around the steering arm and hang the caliper from it so it won't be damaged.

Lift up on the clips holding the brake pads in place and remove the brake pads. If the pads are stuck, pry them loose with a flat-head screwdriver.

Place a small amount of silicone grease on the back of the new brake pad. Put the pad in place and push down on the retaining clips. Remove the caliper from the wire and put it in position. Tighten the caliper retaining bolts with a socket wrench.

Put the wheel on the axle and tighten the lug nuts by hand. Remove the jack stands and lower the Acura. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the lug wrench.

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