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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.

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  • Tips on How to Install the Honda Civic Brake Disc and Pad Kit

    Are you replacing worn out brake discs and pads? Or are you upgrading from your stock set to a high-performance one? Either way, you need to make sure that the new brake discs and pads in your Honda Civic are installed properly. The Civic's brake discs are a critical part of its brake system, and improper installation is likely to result in damaging the brake's components and malfunctions that could endanger the life of the driver and passenger.

    Installing new brake discs and pads are typically best done by a professional, but if you have the skills, equipment, and the time required, it is definitely possible to install the kit by yourself. And if you are planning on installing a Honda Civic brake disc and pad kit, here are some tips you might want to consider:

    Tip #1: Make sure to wear protective gear.

    Installing brake pads and discs entail handling dangerous chemicals, so make sure to wear gloves and a mask during the installation process. We also suggest having paper towels dampened with alcohol to wipe off asbestos-laded brake dust from the old pads.

    Tip #2: Dispose of the old brake fluid.

    The brake fluid is likely to be contaminated with particulates from your old set of brake pads, so it is best to replace it as well. Drain the fluid through the brake lines of the caliper into a safe container for proper disposal.

    Tip #3: Be careful when loosening the brake caliper bolts.

    The two 17mm bolts in the Civic's brake caliper are notoriously hard to remove and easy to rust due to their location. Be careful not to strip the bolts; if they are particularly uncooperative, spray it with penetrating oil and let it soak for several minutes before trying again.

    Tip #4: Don't let the brake caliper lie on the ground.

    Aside from potentially being contaminated with dirt, laying the brake pads on the ground will cause tension on the brake lines. Instead, hang the disc on a bungee cord nearby or place it on an elevated box.

    Tip #5: Make sure that the brake pads are oriented properly.

    As a rule of thumb, the wear marker of the pads should be at end where it's closest to the vehicle.