As you hit the brakes in your Honda, a great deal of heat is produced, and if that heat is not removed from the system, the brake pads will experience premature wear and the efficiency of the entire brake system will be reduced. The part responsible for cooling the brake system is the Honda brake disc. It acts as a large heat sink, transferring the heat from the brakes through its metal body, to where it can be removed by the flow of air. The Honda brake disc has certain features that allow it to dissipate heat faster. First, it is made out of specific metal alloys that are especially good at conducting heat. Second, the Honda brake disc uses a set of slots cut into its edge, which lead towards the center of the disc, to increase the amount of surface area available. With a larger surface area, more air contacts the metal surface, and the unit is cooled much quicker. On some models, the Honda brake disc may be cross-drilled to increase the airflow. After a period of several years, corrosion and road debris may start to fill the slots, which will decrease cooling the efficiency. In addition, corrosion will also cause gouges and pits to form on the surface of the Honda brake disc, which will reduce the life of the brake pads. When it is time to replace the unit, you will find the correct model for your vehicle in our large online catalog, for much less than the similar part from the dealership. The Honda brake disc can be ordered from our secure web site at any time of the day, or by calling our toll-free phone lines.
Replacing a Warped Honda Brake Disc in 6 Steps
One of the important parts of your braking system is the brake disc. It is responsible for applying the friction that is necessary to stop or slow down your Honda vehicle. And since you are always using your brake, the brake disc is prone to wear and damage as well. It is important to check and inspect your braking system for wear so you will know if you already need a replacement. Stepping on your brake causes friction. The friction causes the temperature to increase, and will speed up the unwanted wearing and tearing of your braking components. When choosing a replacement brake disc, it is important to consider your driving style. The entire replacement process might take an hour or two depending on your DIY skills.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Jack stands
- Bungee cord
- Phillips head screwdriver
Preparing for the replacement
Of course, you need to prepare the materials and tools needed for the replacement. Park your vehicle on a level surface, and jack up your vehicle and support it with heavy-duty jack stands. We recommend you to work in a well-ventilated area so you'll be comfortable while working.
Removing the brake caliper
Gently remove the two bolts in order for you to remove the brake caliper. This is the very first step in the brake disc replacement. Removing the brake caliper is just like replacing the brake pads. Hang the brake caliper so you don't need to unbolt the brake line.
Removing the carrier
After removing the brake caliper, you can now remove the carrier that holds the brake caliper and brake pads in place. Place all the removed components to a safe place to avoid hassle later on.
Unbolting the brake disc
Start removing the old brake disc using a large Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the bolts that hold the brake disc in place. If the screws become damaged, you need to drill them out to remove them.
Installing the new brake disc
Right after removing the old brake disc, it's time to replace it with a new one. In order to install the new brake disc, you just need to reverse the removal process. Keep in mind that you also need to replace the brake disc screws.
Lowering your vehicle
Once you are done with the installation, you may now carefully lower your vehicle to the ground.
Safety Tips and Tricks for Your Braking System
- Do not use your left foot to step on the brake.
- Slow down ahead of time to avoid stomping on the brakes. Do this by lifting your foot off the gas pedal as soon as you notice the brake light.
- Leave enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Follow the three-second rule.
- Smart driving will prolong the life of your braking system, so make sure to drive smart and you'll probably extend the life of your brake disc.