FAQs—Honda Brake Disc and Pad Kit
- If I get a new set of brake pads, do I have to turn the rotors or also install a new set? What would happen if I just stick to replacing the pads for now?
Check the surface and see if the rotors are scored or hollowed. If the hollow on the rotors is over 0.5mm or 0.20 inches, these must be replaced or turned. If the new pads are paired with scored or hollowed rotors, this will result in low braking efficiency and may cause brake loss and other brake-related issues.
- How can I tell if I already have bad brake discs/rotors? What are the telltale signs when driving?
A low grinding noise when pushing the pedal is a sign of bad rotors/discs. The noise can get more noticeable and louder as the rotors’ condition worsens. You may also experience pulsating brakes as you push the pedal. Oftentimes, the stop isn’t as smooth as it used to but a sudden halt instead. If you notice any of these symptoms as you apply the brakes, it would be best to confirm the problem by inspecting the rotors/discs. See if there are ridges or scores. The hollowed rotors may be turned or replaced completely to restore full braking efficiency and prevent any hazard risk.
- I feel some vibrations coming from the brake pedal when I hit the brakes on my Honda. What are the common causes of pulsating brakes?
Pulsation or vibration in the brake pedal is typically caused by rotor warpage. The source of this brake symptom/problem may also be traced to uneven brake pads and excessive rotor or hub runout. Once you notice or experience this while driving, be sure to have the brake system of your vehicle checked for reliable braking performance at all times. If you must, get a complete Honda brake disc and pad kit.
- How will I know if the rotors/discs already need to be turned or replaced? What are the visible signs of damage or wear? I’ll be doing rotor checkup.
Pay attention to the smallest of details when doing a rotor inspection. Check for grooves and scores. If they are more than 0.5mm or 0.20 inches, then this means that the rotor needs to be turned or replaced. Also inspect the rotor/disc for glazing, pits, heat spots, and corrosive rust on the surface. Don’t ignore these signs of damage even if they appear minor or small.
- My friend did a pad-slap on a DIY brake job with his vehicle. He said that there had been no problem since. I’m on the fence here—would you recommend this same technique or procedure for my Honda? Or should I just get a new Honda brake disc and pad kit even if I have to shell out more money?
While some home mechanics and DIYers have been successful with their pad-slap repairs, these are not long-term solutions. This technique will not fix the warpage on the rotor instantly. The new pads may wear into the old discs/rotors, and when this happens, you’ll be looking at replacing both components. If you want a sure solution and want to save time and money in the long run, getting a complete brake disc and pad set might be the more reasonable and reliable brake fix here.
- I’m working on the front brake pad replacement of my Honda, and this will be my first time to perform a DIY brake job. Any good suggestion or tip?
Invest in top-quality brake pads. You don’t have to get the most expensive set or piece, but make sure that the pads are from a reliable brand or made for long-lasting, reliable performance. You might also want to change the rattle clips for the brake pads. Applying some brake silicone lubricant will also keep the parts working smoothly. Alternatively, you may use graphite-based anti-seize compound.
- How long do brake pads and brake discs/rotors typically last? I want to know if it’s time to get a complete set of brake discs and pads for my Honda.
The expected life of brake components vary depending on the type of brake pads and discs used, your driving style, the road conditions, system maintenance, and other factors. Typically, however, brake pads last for about 30,000 to 70,000 miles. Brake discs/rotors last much longer, about 3 times as long as the lifespan of brake pads.
Helpful Tips when Buying a Honda Brake Disc and Pad Kit
Brake discs and pads play vital roles in the braking system. Also known as a brake rotor, the brake disc and its pad must be replaced over time to ensure smooth, safe braking performance. When sourcing and buying a new Honda brake disc and pad kit, you need to understand them, consider their need, establish the placement and type required, as well as take note of their construction. Knowing these tips beforehand can make the process of shopping for the kit goes smoothly.
Understanding brake disc and pad
Every time the brake pedal is stepped on, the brake pads make contact with the brake disc to create friction, making the vehicle slow down or stop. Because of this cycle, the brake pads are usually worn out first. However, if these pads are not replaced habitually, even the brake discs can be damaged faster, resulting to a decreased braking efficiency and a safety threat.
Evaluating brake disc and pad need
Before replacing your Honda brake disc and pad kit, check first if it is really necessary to change it. Below are some ways to determine whether your vehicle needs new brake pads.
- When a vehicle starts making grinding or squealing sounds every time the brakes are applied;
- When the vehicle's wheels vibrate each time the brakes are applied.
Knowing the disc placement and type
Although most vehicles have brake discs on all their 4 wheels, a brake disc cannot be installed for every wheel on the vehicle. Make sure to take note of which wheel the brake disc is needed. In some instances, a different brake disc is required for each side of the vehicle, so that all the 4 brake discs are clearly defined.
When shopping for a Honda brake disc and pad kit, it is important to determine the brake disc type. There are two commonly used brake discs: drilled brake discs and slotted brake discs.
- Drilled brake discs: Commonly found in Honda vehicles, these ventilated brake discs let heat to escape, thus preventing damage on the discs and reducing their stopping power. With holes engineered into them, the drilled brake discs have lower surface area, but longer service life. The holes on the discs also help the brakes function better during wet conditions, as they let water escape through them.
- Slotted brake discs: Suited for a higher performance model of Honda vehicle, the slotted brake discs have carved slots instead of drilled holes. These carved slots are indentations into a solid metal that direct heat and vapour away from the brake disc. Because they do not have holes, the slotted brake discs are stronger and function better in extreme conditions, like in racing. This type of disc may be interchanged for another type as long as the size matches.
Taking note of brake disc material construction
When choosing the appropriate Honda brake disc and pad kit, the material construction of the discs is also considered. Below is a list that indicates the commonly used materials and their most common vehicle applications.
- Cast iron: mostly used on passenger cars
- Stainless steel: commonly used on motorcycles
- Carbon: mostly used on racing cars