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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 a small amount of brake fluid from the reservoir using a suction pump.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheels
    2 caliper mounting bolts and the caliper from the bracket
    Pads, shims, and pad retainers


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.
  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 wear retainer on the inboard pad faces down.

  5. 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.

    Brake caliper and tighten the mounting bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm)
    Rear wheels

  7. Add brake fluid to the master cylinder reservoir. Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the pads. Bleed the brakes if necessary.