Honda Civic Brake Disc and Pad Kit
Honda Civic Brake Disc and Pad Kit: Care and Maintenance Tips
The brake discs and pads in your Honda Civic are very vulnerable to wear due to the constant amount of stress and heat that they endure on a regular basis, so periodic maintenance is a must. The following are maintenance tips you can use for Honda Civic brake disc and pad kit.
- Observe regular cleaning.
Brake discs have to be cleaned with specially made brake cleaner in order to remove dust, dirt, grime and other contaminants from the disc surface effectively. The process is as simple as spraying the discs with the cleaner and wiping it dry with a clean cloth, although we do recommend also putting an oil pan at the bottom of the disc to catch drips. It is also strongly advised to spray the cleaner in a well-ventilated area while wearing a mask as the cleaner contains acetone and chemicals that are hazardous when inhaled.
- Always inspect the brake disc for some signs of wear.
A brake disc that's in good condition should be shiny from the inside to the outer edge and have a uniform thickness on either end. Minor wear lines on the surface of the disc are normal, although watch out for rough spots and pronounced grooves on the disc as these indicate that the brake disc and the pads need replacing.
- Check out for signs and symptoms of worn out brake pads.
Most brake pads sold nowadays have wear indicators that emit a distinct noise whenever the pads needs replacing, so once you hear an odd noise when braking, you might want to check the pads. In addition, you should also check the brake pad surface if it's still at the proper thickness; as a rule, if the pads are less than two pennies thick, they will need to be replaced. Visible signs of damage such as cracks and scoring are also grounds for replacement.
- Replace in pairs.
Even if only one brake disc or pad is faulty, it is highly recommended to also replace the disc or pad on the other side. Even if it is in good condition, the disc and pad are already worn and will not perform on the same level as a brand new unit.
- Ensure that the wheels are always in proper alignment.
Aside from uneven tire wear and steering problems, misaligned wheels can also increase stress on the brake disc and pads. So if you notice that your car's wheels are out of alignment—especially if you've just had suspension or steering components replaced—get the wheels checked by a mechanic as soon as you can.