You can replace the brake pads on your Honda CR-V right from your home garage, saving yourself time and money. Braking creates friction and pinches the brake disk; this causes the brake pads to wear down over time with use. You should replace the brake pads before they wear down to a ¼ inch or less to ensure proper braking. You can purchase all the tools and supplies you need from your local auto parts retailer. Allow at least an hour to complete the brake job.
Park your CR-V on a flat surface and put wheel chocks in front of the front tires to keep the vehicle from rolling while you work on it.
Pop up the bonnet and find the master cylinder. Remove the brake fluid using a turkey baster until the cylinder is just half full with fluid. Put it into a plastic storage container and dispose of it at your local auto parts store that takes old motor oil.
Lift up the rear of the vehicle with a jack and lower it onto jack stands positioned underneath the vehicle near each of the rear wheels. Remove the left wheel by loosening the lug nuts with a lug nut wrench.
Remove the caliper bolts from the back part of the caliper using a socket wrench. Slip the caliper off the brake and hold it up off the ground by suspending it with a coat hanger hooked to the wheel well. This keeps the brake hose safe.
Remove the shims, retainers and brake pads with your hands. The retainers are at the top and bottom of the caliper and the shims are on the outside edges of the caliper.
Put the caliper retainer back in place. Apply a thin coat of grease to the back of the new brake pads and to the shims. Reassemble the whole brake assembly in reverse. Tighten the bolts to 16ft.-lbs.
Position the wheel back in place and tighten the lug nuts.
Repeat Steps 4 through 7 for the right rear wheel and brake assembly.
Raise up the vehicle, remove the jack stands and lower it to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts all the way. Remove the wheel chocks. Pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brakes.
Refill the master cylinder with new brake fluid. Take the vehicle for a test drive. Season the brakes by using the brakes very gently for the first week.
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