Honda Brake Repair Made Easy
Performing your own maintenance is an easy way to save money on your Honda, and brake repair is something that everyone can do. Brake repair is a relatively easy step by step process, as long as none of the steps are skipped and you have the proper tools. This guide will outline where to find the tools you’ll need to make brake repair as simple as possible as well as give the steps to complete the repair properly. First, you’ll need to gather the tools and supplies:
- A floor jack and jack stands
- A lug wrench
- A socket or wrench set
- A wire brush (optional)
- A piece of wire hanger
- Emory cloth
- A pair of pliers
- Pad spreader of some sort. Available for under $10. A 6 inch c-clamp will work.
Disc Brake Pad Replacement
Once you have gathered the required tools, it is time to begin.
- Loosen the lug nuts just enough to break them loose.
- Place jack pad under front cross-member and lift.
- Place jack stands under frame rails and slowly lower the vehicle onto them.
- Remove the lug nuts and wheels. Use the wheels as a seat if you wish.
- Turn the steering wheel to lock in one direction.
- On side opposite the turn, remove the caliper bolts and suspend the caliper from the coil with the piece of wire.
- Repeat this process on the opposite side, turning the wheel the other way.
- Remove the rotors.
- While purchasing the new pads, have the rotors checked for thickness. If within spec, it is recommended to have them resurfaced, or turned. If too thin, they must be replaced. Catastrophic failure can occur with a rotor under specification.
- Remove the pads from the box and using the supplied adhesive, coat the metal backing plate and any shims.
- Using the c-clamp or special tool, compress the piston back into the caliper body. It is recommended to loosen but not
- Remove the brake reservoir cap.
- Remove the old pads from the caliper and wire brush the contact pads to remove excess rust and dirt.
- Install the new pads and bending any tabs with a pair of pliers against the caliper body to provide a snug fit.
- Slide the caliper over the rotor, with the rotor between the new pads and install the caliper bolts.
- Tighten the bolts to approximately 45 foot-pounds of torque.
- Repeat this process on the other side.
- Put the wheels back on and tighten the lug nuts until the wheels spin.
- Lift the car of the jack stands and remove them.
- Lower the car until the wheels make solid contact with the ground, but not all the way.
- Torque the lug nuts to approximately 75 to 80 foot pounds. Don’t over-torque or rotor warping can occur.
- Lower the vehicle all the way and pull the jack out.
- Remove the brake reservoir cap and fill to “Fill” line is necessary. Replace cap.
- Pump pedal 5 to 10 times to set pads. Press progressively harder on the pedal.
- Start the car and repeat last step.
- Take car for a test drive around the block to ensure proper operation and make sure there are no noises.
As long as you follow the steps outlined above, you will be able to easily perform Honda brake repair. Two things of note: Never use rotors that are under the thickness specification. And always wear safety glasses when working on your car.