Honda Pilot - 2003-2005

Brake Pads


Removal & Installation

Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheels

  5. Remove a small amount of brake fluid from the reservoir using a suction pump.

    Brake hose clamp from the knuckle by unfastening the retaining bolts
    Lower caliper retaining bolt and pivot the caliper upward, off of the pads
    Pad springs while holding the pads
    Pad shim and pad retainers
    Disc brake pads from the caliper


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.
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Pad retainers. Apply molybdenum brake grease to both surfaces of the shims and the back of the disc brake pads.
    Pads and shims. The pad with the wear indicator goes in the inboard position.
    Pad springs while holding the pads

  5. 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.

    Caliper down into position and tighten the mounting bolt to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm)
    Brake hose to the knuckle, if removed

  7. Add brake fluid to the master cylinder reservoir and install the cap.
  9. 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.