Brake Pad Inspection

Brake Pad Introduction

Various types of disc brake are used in Honda vehicles. The removal and installation procedures are basically the same for all types, but certain details (for example, grease application points) differ from one type to another. For detailed information, refer to the appropriate S/M and removal and installation tips shown below.

Brake Pad Removal

  1. When pivoting the caliper upward, hold it out of the way with a piece of steel wire or the like.
  2. Keep all removed parts safely and in order for re-installation.
  3. Thoroughly clean the brake caliper, disc, and surrounding parts using a vacuum cleaner and brake cleaner (degreaser).

Do not use compressed air or a dry brush; they would scatter brake dust, which is hazardous to health.

Brake Pad Change

Brake Pad Inspection
1. Using a vernier caliper, measure the thickness of each pad at its outer edges. Bear in mind that the pads might be worn unevenly.

For the service limit, refer to the appropriate shop manual.

Do not include the pad backing plate thicknesses in the measurements.

2. Also check the pad for uneven wear, crack, contamination and grooving.

Brake Pad Installation

  1. If any pad is worn beyond the service limit, replace all four front brake pads as a set.
  2. If an outer pad shim is fitted, it must also be replaced when the pad is replace with a new one.
  3. Apply a thin coat of grease (use the grease included in the pad set or Molykote M77) to the following points:

• Piston end-to-inner pad contact surface
• Pad-to-caliper bracket contact surface
• Outer pad-to-caliper body contact surface
• Outer pad shim-to-outer pad contact surface
• Outer pad shim-to-caliper body contact surface

Grease application points differ from one type of brake to another. For details, refer to the appropriate shop manual.

  1. Piston
  2. Outer pad shim
  3. Outer pad
  4. Inner pad
  5. Wear indicator

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