Brake pads are equipped with wear indicators. Once the pads wear down far enough, a small piece of metal contacts the brake rotors, causing a squealing sound. When you start to hear a squeal from your brakes, it is time to replace the brake pads. If you fail to replace the brake pads once they start to squeal, they can cut into the rotors resulting in unnecessary, costly repairs. This is especially true for a lot of Honda Accords, since most of the rotors have to be pressed off the hub assembly.
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Things you need
- Lug wrench
- Jack stands
- Needle-nose pliers
- Large C-clamp
- Brake pads
- Brake fluid
Loosen the lug nuts, but do not remove them.
Apply the emergency brake. Raise the front of the car with the jack. Place a jack stand on each side of the car to support it.
Remove the lug nuts and then remove the front wheels.
Using a wrench or a ratchet and socket, remove the lower caliper bolt. The caliper is what is used to compress the brake pads to the rotor when pressure is applied to the brake pedal.
Rotate the caliper upward, off of the brake pads.
Slide the brake pads out of the caliper bracket by pulling them outward, away from the rotor.
Front Brake Pad Removal
Insert the new brake pads into the caliper bracket.
Use the C-clamp to slowly push the caliper piston back into the caliper. Insert the end of the screw on the C-clamp into the piston and place the outside of the C-clamp behind the caliper.
Rotate the caliper down onto the brake pads and tighten the caliper bolt.
Replace the front wheels and tighten the lug nuts by hand. Lower the car and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench.
Front Brake Pad Installation
Loosen the lug nuts but do not remove them.
Raise the rear of the car with the jack and support it with jack stands.
Remove the lug nuts and then remove the rear wheels.
Using a wrench or the ratchet and socket, remove the two caliper bolts and remove the caliper from the bracket.
Slide the brake pads out of the caliper bracket.
Rear Brake Pad Removal
Slide the new brake pads into the caliper bracket.
Use the needle-nose pliers to rotate the caliper piston clockwise into the caliper. Insert each point of the pliers into one of the slots on the caliper piston to rotate it.
Slide the caliper onto the brake pads and insert the caliper bolts. Tighten the bolts.
Install the wheels and lower the car.
Rear Brake Pad Installation
Tips and warnings
- If necessary, add brake fluid to the master-cylinder reservoir.
- Press the brake pedal several times to be sure that the movement feels normal. Note that the first push may be a long pedal movement due to the caliper pistons being retracted.
- Pushing the caliper piston back into the caliper will force the brake fluid back into the master-cylinder reservoir. If any spills, clean it up quickly with a rag.
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