How to Change Honda Rear Brake Pads

Written by dan ferrell
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Most Honda models do not require special equipment to replace the rear brake pads, except a disc brake piston tool. Other than that, you should take the necessary precautions to not damage the brake piston dust boot and caliper mounting pin boot. Before starting, though, make sure your new rear brake pads include high-temperature brake grease to avoid brake noise during operation. If not, your local auto parts store should have this grease in stock.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clean turkey baster
  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Wrench or ratchet and six-point socket
  • Brake parts cleaner
  • Clean, lint-free cloth
  • Disc brake piston tool
  • Ratchet extension
  • Molykote M77 grease
  • New brake fluid

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    Removing the Rear Brake Pads

  1. 1

    Park your car on a level surface and open the bonnet.

  2. 2

    Remove about half of the brake fluid from the brake master cylinder using a clean turkey baster.

  3. 3

    Loosen the rear wheels lug nuts with a lug wrench.

  4. 4

    Raise the rear of your Honda using a floor jack and support it on jack stands.

  5. 5

    Finish removing the rear wheels.

  6. 6

    Unscrew the lower caliper mounting bolt using a wrench or ratchet and six-point socket, and swing the caliper upward.

  7. 7

    Take the pad shims, retainer and brake pads out of the caliper-mounting bracket.

    Installing the Rear Brake Pads

  1. 1

    Clean the hub and brake assembly of lining dust using brake parts cleaner and a clean, lint-free cloth. Do not blow away or inhale any of the dust in the brake assembly (see the Warning box at the bottom for more information).

  2. 2

    Rotate the caliper piston clockwise to seat it into its bore using a disc brake piston tool, ratchet extension and ratchet (see the Resources box for more information). Then rotate the piston counterclockwise, as necessary, to align the slots on the caliper piston with the tabs on the back of the new brake pad.

  3. 3

    Apply a coat of Molykote M77 or equivalent high-temperature brake grease to the back of the brake pads and shims. However, be careful no to get any grease on any of the friction surfaces of the pads or rotor.

  4. 4

    Place the brake pads and shims on the caliper bracket.

  5. 5

    Swing the brake caliper back in place and tighten the mounting bolt using the wrench or ratchet and six-point socket.

  6. 6

    Mount the tire on the wheel hub and secure it with the lug nuts using the lug wrench.

  7. 7

    Install the brake pads on the opposite rear brake assembly starting with step 6 from the previous section through step 13 of this section. Then lower the vehicle.

  8. 8

    Refill the brake master cylinder with new brake fluid as necessary.

  9. 9

    Get behind the steering wheel of your Honda, depress the brake pedal about 2 inches, and release it. Repeat several times until you feel the pedal firm. Then road test the vehicle to make sure the brakes are working properly. If you fully depress the brake pedal right after replacing the pads, you may damage the seals inside the master cylinder.

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