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Thursday, July 9, 2015

For Your Other Car #2...Rear Brake Pad Replacement

I recently put new tires on the family truckster, a.k.a., a 2007 Honda Odyssey and the mechanic mentioned that I needed new rear brake pads soon. While on our lovely vacation Maine, a moose (one of the 18 or so that we saw) decided to cross the road in front of the car. While we were not close to hitting it, thankfully, it was close enough that I got on the brakes pretty hard. Thereafter, the rear pads continually reminded me that it was time for a change.

After referring to a trusty YouTube video, I made quick work of it. It took me almost as long to jack up the car and remove the wheels then it did to change the pads.

Wheel removed.
Once the wheel was off, it was obvious that the brakes needed to be replaced. The calipers are of a two-piece design. Two bolts, attached from the back, hold the piston assembly part of the caliper.

17mm wrench and a 12mm socket.
This removed the piston assembly and I compressed the piston with the typical 4" C-clamp.

The removed piston housing.
Once the piston housing was moved up and out of the way, the pads were easily accessible and removable, retained in the pad housing.

The pad housing. Sounds like a good name to me.
Old on top, new on bottom, obviously. Not horrible, but definitely ready to be replaced. Rotor was in good shape.
I'm ashamed of this picture. A bit too close on this one. Thankfully, there was not grooving to the rotor and only minor scoring.
All in all, I think it took me about 30 minutes to change out both back wheels so easily a job to do after work.

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