How to Replace the Brake Rotors on a Honda Accord
If you let your brakes go too long between servicing, you can damage the brake rotors. Your Honda Accord’s brakes should be serviced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If you hear them squeal when you apply the brakes, they should be serviced as well. Rotors will deform if the brake pads become to worn. This means that you will have to replace them. This step-by-step auto repair guide will walk you through the entire process of replacing your Honda Accord brake rotors.
Gather Your Tools
Before you begin the repair, you want to make sure that you have everything needed to complete the repair. You will require four new brake rotors, a drain bucket, car jack, four jack stands, torque wrench, socket set, screwdriver set, brake cleaning fluid, a clean rag, and brake fluid.
Raise the Car
After gathering your tools, you are ready to jack up the car. Start with the front and jack up the first wheel. You want to insert a jack stand underneath the car to hold it in place. Repeat this process for each of the other three wheels. You car will now be held up completely by the stands.
Go ahead and remove each of the tires. You will need to be able to access the brake assembly underneath the tire. You may also need to remove the wheel assembly if you are unable to access the brakes after removing the wheel.
Drain Master Cylinder
You need to drain the master cylinder so you can prevent your brake fluid from spilling as you work on the breaks. You do not need to completely drain it. Allow about half of the fluid in the cylinder to drain into your drain bucket. Keeping brake fluid in the cylinder will keep the brake lines under pressure, and prevent you from having to bleed them.
Now you need to remove the caliper from each brake assembly. The caliper will be connected to the rotor by a mounting bolt. Loosen and remove the bolt. You should then be able to slide the caliper off the rotor. The caliper will be connected to the brake line. It is important that you do not disconnect this line. Otherwise, you will have to bleed it.
You should now have easy access to the rotor. It will be held in place by several screws. Go ahead and remove these. After you undo the screws, you will be able to lift the rotor out of its mount.
Clean the Brake Assembly
Before you install the new rotor, you want to clean the brake assembly. You want to make sure that you clean the wheel hub and mount. This area is prone to collecting dirt, and over time will wear down the brakes. Go ahead and clean out the area completely.
Install New Rotors
After each of the wheel assemblies have been cleaned, you can install the new rotor. Place the rotor in the mount, and then tighten the screws to hold it in place.
The next thing to reconnect is the calipers. Slide each caliper back on the rotor, and then tighten the caliper bolt. Then you need to reattach the wheel assemblies and tires. When mounting the tires make sure that you tighten the bolts in a star shaped pattern.
Lower Car and Test
The repair is now complete. Go ahead and lower the car off the jack stands. You are now ready for testing. Turn the car on. When you depress the brake pedal, you should feel resistance. If you do, go ahead and drive the car and test the brakes to ensure they are functioning correctly.
You now know how to replace your Honda Accord brake rotors. This is a fairly easy repair, and buying new rotors is much cheaper than having a mechanic perform the repair. You can expect the entire repair to take roughly an hour. Once you have completed it once, you will find that performing a brake job is not that difficult.