Acura_MDX_2001-2006

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation



MDX
Front
  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Remove a small amount of brake fluid from the reservoir using a suction pump.
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  7. Unbolt the brake hose clamp from the knuckle by removing the retaining bolts.
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  9. Remove the lower caliper retaining bolt and pivot the caliper upward, off of the pads.
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  11. Remove the pad shim and pad retainers. Remove the disc brake pads from the caliper.
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To install:

  1. Clean the caliper thoroughly; remove any rust from the lip of the disc or rotor. Check the brake rotor for grooves or cracks. If any heavy scoring is present, the rotor must be replaced.
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  3. Install the pad retainers. Apply molybdenum brake grease to both surfaces of the shims and the back of the disc brake pads.
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  5. Install the pads and shims. The pad with the wear indicator goes in the inboard position.
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  7. Push in the caliper piston so the caliper will fit over the pads. This is most easily accomplished with a pad spreader or large C-clamp.
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  9. Pivot the caliper down into position and tighten the mounting bolt to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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  11. Connect the brake hose to the knuckle, if removed.
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  13. Install the wheel and lower the vehicle to the ground.
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  15. Add brake fluid to the master cylinder reservoir and install the cap.
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  17. Depress the brake pedal several times and make sure that the movement feels normal. The first brake pedal application may result in a very long pedal action due to the pistons being retracted. Always make several brake applications before starting the vehicle. Bleed the system if necessary.
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Rear
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove a small amount of brake fluid from the reservoir using a suction pump.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheels.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 2 caliper mounting bolts and remove the caliper from the bracket.
  8.  
  9. Remove the pads, shims, and pad retainers.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Clean the caliper thoroughly; remove any dirt or dust. Check the brake rotor for grooves or cracks and machine or replace, as necessary.
  2.  
  3. Install the pad retainers. Apply molybdenum brake grease to both surfaces of the shims and the back of the disc brake pads.
  4.  
  5. Install the pads and shims. The wear retainer on the inboard pad faces down.
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  7. Use a suitable tool to push caliper piston into its bore and enable the caliper to fit over the pads. Lubricate the piston boot with silicon grease. Avoid twisting the boot.
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  9. Install the brake caliper. Tighten the mounting bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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  11. Install the rear wheels. Lower the vehicle.
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  13. Add brake fluid to the master cylinder reservoir. Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the pads. Bleed the brakes if necessary.
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