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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of using large brake discs?
Brake discs with wider diameters allow for more heat to be absorbed and dissipated into the air, reducing the likelihood of warped discs due to overheating. In addition, the larger effective radius of bigger discs also leads to increased brake torque and greater fade resistance. However, it should be noted that larger brake discs are not for everyone. Huge consideration should be taken for vehicle parameters and the type of use the brake disc will experience. For example, because larger brake discs take longer to heat up, they must be configured to work effectively within the temperature range prescribed for the Honda Accord or else they will not work properly.
Is it better to install big brakes on the four wheels instead of just the Honda Accord's front?
Contrary to popular belief, installing a big Honda Accord brake disk and pad kit on all four wheels of the Honda Accord can actually do more harm than good. This is because the front brakes do most of the work when braking in most vehicles, and brake discs and pads sold today are typically designed around this configuration so as not to compromise the brake balance of the vehicle. Therefore, installing a big brake system on the rear wheels may result in decreased and highly unstable braking performance.
Why are some brake discs slotted and drilled?
The drilled and slotted surfaces of some brake discs sold today are more than just mere decoration. The edges of the lots and holes drilled on the disc actually clean the pad surface of brake dust, increase the bite of the brake, and prevent gases from collecting between the pad and disc interface. Drilled brake discs also tend to be much lighter, resulting in cooler operating temperatures and decreased rotational inertia.
Why is it important to "break in" brake pads?
Newly installed brake pads must undergo a "break in" procedure immediately as it is critical to the overall performance of the brakes in the long run. This is because a proper break of the pads creates an evenly distributed layer of friction material on the brake discs, leading to less vibrations and noise when braking and even wear on both the pad and the disc surface.