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Honda Accord Brake Disc and Pad Kit

Tips to Get More Life Out of Your Honda Accord Brake Disc and Pad Kit

One thing that makes Honda Accord a hit is its commitment to providing unmatched safety for everyone behind its wheel. But what good is that if you won't spend time and effort in maintaining your Accord's safety components, especially the brakes? If you've been enjoying your Accord for a while now, don't you think it's time that you also give it the kind of maintenance it deserves? To stay safe on the road and to keep yourself from getting a new Honda Accord brake disc and pad kit sooner than you expect, keep these simple tips in mind:

  • Don't overuse your brakes.

You may not be aware of it, but some driving habits are actually bad for your brakes. These include riding your brakes and making hard stops from higher speeds. Such practices put too much wear and tear on the brakes, causing the rotor to heat up faster, therefore encouraging warping.

  • Replace brake pads that are worn beyond their service limit.

Once the brake pads are worn beyond their service limit, it will be risky for you to continuously use your ride. Most brake systems nowadays come with wear indicators, making it easy for drivers to know when it's time to replace their brake pads. Alternatively, you can do a visual inspection to determine if there's enough friction material left on the brake pads.

  • After replacing any brake component, take time to bed your brakes.

Another good way to preserve your brakes is to spend some time bedding them every time you replace one of its components. "Bedding in" is actually wearing out your brake components the right way to extend their service life and avoid brake problems. Check your manual or the instructions that come with the new part you've installed for the proper way to bed them.

  • Lubricate the back of your new brake pads before installing them.

If you're installing new pads, one way to prevent brake noise and vibration is to lubricate the back of the pads before putting them on. Just be cautious enough so as not to contaminate the friction material of the pads. Make sure also that the lubricant you'll use is made especially for brake components. Using the wrong lubricant will just cause brake damage or degradation over time.

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  • Troubleshooting Some Issues of Your Honda Accord Brake Disc and Pad Kit

    The Honda Accord nameplate has been in the industry since 1976 and used to call a variety of vehicles across the globe. It is best known, however, for its sedan variant. The Honda Accord sedan is also the first car from a Japanese automaker to be produced in the United States and has been the country's best-selling Japanese car for fifteen years, from 1982 to 1997. It has also been on the Car and Driver 10 Best list for around 30 times.

    Being a great car, however, doesn't mean that it is not susceptible to damage and wear and tear. In the long run, its components—including the Honda Accord brake pad and disc kit—will eventually succumb to wear caused by regular use. To avoid frequent replacement, it is wise to immediately troubleshoot signs of brake problems as soon as they occur. Here are some of them:

    Stiff brake pedal

    This brake problem can be caused by one or some of these factors: worn-out brake pads or linings, improperly adjusted brakes, kinked brake lines, defective brake booster, leaky vacuum hose going to the brake booster, and low engine vacuum for power brakes. Start your troubleshooting with the ones that are easiest to check—the pads and the brake linings. If they are worn down beyond their service limit, then it may be time for you to get a new Honda Accord brake disc and pad kit. But if they still have proper thickness, have your brakes adjusted. While doing so, check the brake lines and replace defective ones.

    To find out if the culprit is the vacuum booster, just pump the brake pedal a few times with your engine off. This will bleed off the remaining vacuum in the unit. With your foot on the pedal, start the engine. If there's now lesser effort needed to depress the pedal, then the booster is working. If the pedal is still hard and there seems to be no problem with the vacuum connections, then you may now need a new brake booster.

    Car pulls to one side

    If during application of brakes, your Honda Accord swerves to one side, this means one front brake isn't working well probably due to grease or oil on the brake pads, stuck caliper, plugged up brake line to one of the calipers, or loose/misaligned calipers. This problem can also be caused by incorrect tire pressure or loose wheel bearings.

    Check the front wheels first as they are easier to inspect than the brakes inside. If the tire pressure and the bearings seem okay, then pay attention to the brake components. Check the brake pads and linings for signs of contamination. If they are greasy, you have to replace them even if they aren't worn out yet. Also check the caliper mountings and tighten them if necessary.