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How to Install Brakes on a Honda Accord

Installing Brakes

A great Honda Accord brakes installation starts with a high-quality set of Honda Accord brakes. Once you locate your source for Honda Accord parts & accessories, look into a set of new brake pads, replacement Honda Accord brake rotors and some other important accessories. For pads, read your suppliers’ descriptions carefully, and match your brake pads with your driving style. Basically, if you regularly work your brakes hard and get ‘em hot, go for some performance pads. If you just hang it out on the morning commute now & again, quality aftermarket pads are perfect.

Helpful Tips

Remember when your dad made you endlessly pump the pedal on the family sedan while he changed out the brakes? Well, those days are over when you use the Phoenix Systems brake bleeder tool. These revolutionary devices allow one person to bleed the entire brake system in minutes. By attaching to the brake caliper bleeder screws, the Phoenix System pumps the trapped air up and out through the master cylinder.

Choosing the Best Brakes

Next, choose your rotors. There are as many rotor brands as there are rotor styles, but for great performance, go for a set of slotted rotors or cross drilled rotors. Some of the best brands are EBC Rotors and Power Slot rotors for Honda Accord performance. And, for you late-model owners, the widest variety of choices is for 2010 Honda Accord performance rotors, so you’ll have no problem finding great discs.

After rotors comes a set of high-performance brake lines. Now this is optional, but new lines deliver a much firmer pedal, which is quite welcome when you’re laying into stoppers on turn 2, or the local on ramp.

Honda Brake Installation Steps

Once you get your hands on all the new gear, it's time to roll up your shirt sleeves and get to work. Here are some general installation instructions:

  • 1. Before you start, be sure you have a set of jack stands rated for your car’s weight. Once the car is on the stands and the wheels are off, it’s time to remove the calipers. Carefully, keeping them attached to the brake lines, move them aside. When working the rotors off, you may find that they won’t budge, in which case you need to rent a specialized puller. Once removed, simply press the new rotors in place.
  • 2. Following the manufacturer instructions, remove the old pads from the loose calipers and replace with the new ones. At this point, you may need to compress the caliper pistons, since the new pads will be thicker than the old pads. This opens the caliper up to fit around the new disc. Once over the disc, bolt the caliper in place with the factory hardware.
  • 3. If you plan to replace your Honda Accord brake lines, you’re in for a bit more work. This operation requires a brake bleeding tool and the ability to use it. New lines are great, but if they have air in them, they can be downright deadly. It’s best to hire a pro if you’re not sure.
  • 4. Once your wheels are reinstalled, lower your car from the jack stands. After establishing that you have firm brake pedal, make a few slow speed stops to get the new components seated correctly. After that, you’re ready to slam ‘em and jam ‘em!

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