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Honda Odyssey Brake Disc

Five Symptoms of a Faulty Honda Odyssey Brake Disc

Your Honda Odyssey brake discs work together with your brake pads to slow down or stop your minivan whenever you step on the brake pedal. If you experience any of these five symptoms, then you've got a faulty brake disc on your hands:

Uneven braking

If you experience your minivan pulling to one side when you step on the brakes, then it could be because of a piston seizure or a loose rotor. These faulty braking components will be located behind the front wheel that's at the opposite side of the pull. So, be sure to tighten the rotor and free up the piston on that wheel to solve this problem.

Grinding sound

If you hear grinding sounds from the front of your Odyssey, then it could be due to a lack of friction material on the brake pads that's warping your rotors. This problem is not only annoying to hear, it can also indicate that the brake rotors' performance has been impacted by the pads. You'll need to replace the brake pads with a thicker aftermarket brand and install new brake discs as well to prevent more costlier repairs.

Soft and spongy braking

If you're driving your Honda Odyssey and you experience soft and spongy braking, it could be because you recently changed your brake pads and they still need to conform to your brake discs. To fix this, you can replace the disc itself or have it machined to be more flat and even. Alternatively, you can also practice wearing in your brake pads if your brake discs aren't worn down that much. This process will prime them so that they'll work much better on your minivan and with your rotors.

If you continue to experience soft and spongy braking, then the problem may lie elsewhere in the braking system and not in the brake discs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2007-2008 Odyssey models may experience a different braking pedal feel because of air that has found its way into the braking system.

Occasional groaning sounds

If you hear the occasional groaning sound while you're driving your Odyssey, don't panic. Stay calm and check if you're brake discs are damaged before replacing them. The occasional groaning might be due to the rotor slipping between the brake pads under certain pedal pressure conditions.

Grooves in the brake disc

If you would like to be absolutely certain before you replace your Honda Odyssey brake disc, then you'll need to lift up your minivan onto a couple of jack stands, remove its wheel and examine the suspicious brake pads and discs carefully. If you see that your rotors are still smooth, clean, and shiny, then you don't need to replace them. But if you see any grooves, striations, and uneven wear, then you've got a brake disc on your hands that needs replacing.

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  • Caring for Your Honda Odyssey Brake Discs 27 February 2013

    Your Honda Odyssey brake discs help to keep you safe on the road. Each time you press your foot on the brake pedal, the discs get squeezed by the brake pads to slow down or stop your wheels from turning. If you want to ensure that these safety components keep working at their best, you'll need to do a few things before you install them and after you get them resurfaced at a service center.


    Before installation

    Clean the discs.

    Before you install a new set of brake discs, you'll need to remove its anti-corrosion coating. Use a soft piece of cloth and a solvent (like petrol or spirit) and wipe all of the discs' surfaces until all the anti-corrosion layers have been removed. While you're doing this, you need to make sure that no oil or grease contaminates your rotors. Otherwise, these contaminants can be passed onto your brake pads, and they'll affect your braking performance. After you've removed the anti-corrosion layers, make sure to clean the surfaces of the discs that will be exposed to your pads.


    Clean the wheel hubs.

    Before you install your Honda Odyssey brake discs, you'll also need to clean the surface of the wheel hubs where they will be installed. This will prevent your new discs from becoming rusty too quickly, so they can last longer. Just use a wire brush and a soft cloth to remove the rust and other deposited debris from the hubs. Then, check the support surfaces afterwards to make sure nothing has been distorted or damaged.


    Before and after a resurfacing

    Ask about the resurfacing.

    There are only a few reasons why your Honda Odyssey brake discs should be resurfaced, yet a lot of service centers will often offer this service to you. Instead of blindly accepting a resurfacing every time you hear a noise or see little flaws on your discs, you should ask your mechanics why they want to do it. You don't necessarily need a resurfacing for every routine brake pad replacement and surface rust, so you can politely decline their offer. Just remember that you need to take them up on it if you see severe scoring and too much corrosion on its surface, if you experience pulsations due to excessive lateral runout, or if your discs are warped and unevenly thick.


    Check the finish.

    You can check the finish on your rotors after they have been resurfaced by your service center. Just use a ballpoint pen to write on the Honda Odyssey brake discs. If the ink flows in a continuous line, then the finish is good. If the ink appears in dots, then the lathing wasn't good enough. Alternatively, you can also rub your fingernail against the rotor. If you can feel any grooves against your nail, then you can complain about their lathing process. You'll need to do this because your discs need to be smooth enough to prevent pad chatter and increased pedal effort.