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Old 03-10-2006, 09:36 AM
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Question Front Brake Replacement - How To?

I've been searching through the forum but haven't been able to find detailed instructions on how to do a front brake job. My Accord has vibration that is getting worse and I'd like to change out the pads and rotors...or at least start pricing out what it will cost for both OEM and aftermarket parts. I saw a detailed write up (looks like it may be from the Honda shop manual) for rear brakes that Princess posted in the 2004 Honda Accord Instructions forum. Anybody have a write up?

Also if anybody has any suggestions regarding what brands of pads and rotors that you would use, I'm all ears. I'm continuing to read through old posts but feel free to let me know what you would do if you were in my shoes. Thanks.
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my recommendation is get a good set of BREMBO BLANKs and HAWK HPS, or an equivalent after market brand.

go to www.stoptech.com and read their technical white papers. it will help answer a lot of your questions.

inform yourself and you will help yourself.
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As OWAce said, Brembo rotors and Hawk HPS pads are good choices. Personally, I prefer Akebono's Pro ACT ceramic pads - these are what I wanted to have installed when I had my rear pads replaced earlier this week at the dealership, but I didn't think they'd install anything other than the organic OEM rear pads.
Check out www.tirerack.com and read the reviews there.
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I prefer Akebono's Pro ACT ceramic pads -
Check out www.tirerack.com and read the reviews there.
another great pad. one that i might try out in a years time mebbe.
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I'll definitely check out those sites and thanks for the initial recommendations. I did read the article regarding pad deposits on the rotors that I think OwAce posted in another thread. Good info, and seems like the guys knows what he's talking about despite my coworkers never having heard of that (all mechanical engineers and quite a few are gear heads of various levels). I'm really surprised there isn't a how to within this forum though....it seems to have everything else! I'll keep researching and thanks again.
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Frequent inhalation of brake pad dust, regardless of material composition, could be hazardous to your health.

Avoid breathing dust particles.

Never use an air hose or brush to clean brake assemblies. Use an OSHA-approved vacuum cleaner.


Inspection
Raise the front of the vehicle, and support it with safety stands in the proper locations.

Remove the front wheels.

Check the thickness of the inner pad (A) and outer pad (B). Do not include the thickness of the backing plate.


Brake pad thickness:

Standard:
10.5-11.5 mm (0.41-0.45 in.)

Service limit:
1.6 mm (0.06 in.)


If the brake pad thickness is less than the service limit, replace all the front brake pads as a set.
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Raise the front of the vehicle, and support it with safety stands in the proper locations.

Remove the front wheels.

Remove the brake hose mounting bolt.

Remove the flange bolt (B) while holding the pin A with a wrench being careful not to damage the pin boot, and pivot the caliper (C) up out of the way. Check the brake hose and pin boots for damage and deterioration.
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Remove the pad shims (A) and brake pads (B).

Check the hose and pin boots for damage and deterioration
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Remove the pad retainers (A), and check the caliper pin for free movement.

Clean the caliper thoroughly; remove any rust, and check for grooves and cracks.

Check the brake disc for damage and cracks.

Clean and install the pad retainers.
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Apply a thin coat of M-77 assembly paste (P/N 08798-9010) to the pad side of shim outer pad shim C, inner pad shim B, both sides of inner pad shim A, the back of brake pads (D), and to the other areas indicated by the arrows. Wipe excess assembly paste off the pad shims and brake pads. Contaminated brake discs and pads reduce stopping ability. Keep assembly paste off the brake discs and brake pad material.

Install the brake pads and pad shims correctly. Install the brake pads with the wear indicator (E) on top.

If you are reusing the brake pads, always reinstall the brake pads in their original positions to prevent a momentary loss of braking efficiency.
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Push in the piston (B) so the caliper will fit over the brake pads. Check the brake fluid level. The brake fluid may overflow if the reservoir is too full. Make sure the piston boot is in position to prevent damaging it when pivoting the caliper down.

Pivot the caliper (C) down into position. Install the flange bolt (D), and tighten it to the specified torque while holding the pin A with a wrench being careful not to damage the pin boot.

Install the brake hose mounting bolt, and tighten it to the specified torque.

Press the brake pedal several times to make sure the brakes work.

NOTE: Engagement of the brake may require a greater pedal stroke immediately after the brake pads have been replaced as a set. Several applications of the brake pedal will restore the normal pedal stroke.

After installation, check for leaks at hose and line joints or connections, and retighten if necessary. Then test-drive the vehicle.
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Thanks so much Princess. There is a similar write-up for the rear brakes in the 2004 Instructions forum and this is exactly what I was looking for. Now it's time to buy some pads....
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Unless you're autocrossing or rallying, I've found the OEM pads to be more than sufficient. I'm also guessing their part of the reason I'm on my original rotors at 158K.
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How difficult it is to change rotors at the same time? I guess changing pads without re-surfacing rotors doesn't do you any good, so I might as well change rotors. Is that "do-it-yourself" procedure or I need to have somebody to do it? Thanks.
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