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Honda Accord Brakes

Monday, July 27th, 2009

On Friday I had the pleasure of doing the brakes on Rachelle's 2004 Accord. The pads had plenty of meat on them, but her rotors where slightly potato-chipped. The warping was only really noticeable when hitting the brakes rather firmly at high speeds. When someone does something stupid on the highway and everyone jumps on the brakes, the whole car would shake and scare everyone inside.

I got ceramic pads to replace the original Honda metallic ones. They shouldn't be as grabby and aggressive or wear the rotors anywhere near as much.

Here's a pic of the brakes before just as I took the wheel off:

old rotor

Next came off the brake pads and then the caliper to get full access to the rotor:

old rotor and pads old rotor 2

In order to get the rotor off, there are two phillips head screws that have to be removed (completely retarded). They're on so tight you have to use an impact driver to get them out without destroying them. The impact driver looks like a big fat screwdriver that you hit with a hammer. When you hit it, it twists. The one I have says it can turn a screw with 200ft-lbs of torque! Once the screws were out I had to thread two 6mm x 1.25 bolts into two other holes in the rotors to pull them off since they were rusted in place.

rotor removal

The new rotors don't have those 6mm holes though, so hopefully I'll be able to get these off when the time comes.

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#1 - Aug 14, 2009 at 6:38 AM
#2 - Mar 11, 2010 at 7:01 AM
Digging up the dead, those screws on the rotor are just to keep the rotor on the axle on the assembly line. I routinely drill them out if I don't have an impact tool available. You DON'T have to put them back on. To make sure that the new rotors will come off the next time I'm in I usually put a thin coat of anti-seize around the inside edge of the bore on the rotor hat. Of course, even if it does freeze up a BFH will usually take care of that problem.

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