1989 Honda Accord Front Disc Brakes Replacement

Replacing the brake pads on the Honda Accord is a project that you can do in your driveway, saving you on the high labor costs at the repair shop. You can expect each wheel to take you about 30 minutes to complete. As brake pads work together with the rotors, they use friction to slow and stop the Honda. This friction wears the brake pads down, requiring you to replace them periodically. How often you need to replace the brakes depends on how much you use them. There is no set period time in which you need to do it. You should inspect the rotors and brake pads every three months or every 3,000 miles to get an idea of the wear pattern.

Tools Used: Automobile jack, Wheel chocks, Jack stand, Turkey baster, Drain pan, Socket set, Wrench set, C-clamp

Replace Front Disc Brakes

Open the engine compartment and drain about half of the fluid from the master cylinder using the turkey baster. Put the fluid in the drain pan for recycling. Disconnect the negative battery cable using a wrench if your Honda is equipped with air bags.

Place the wheel chocks behind the rear wheels. Raise the Accord with the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the vehicle and raise it to the frame. Remove the lug nuts from the wheel with the lug wrench. Pull the wheel off the car.

Loosen the lower bolts on the brake caliper and pivot the caliper up on the wheel assembly. Close the back brake pad and the caliper between the jaws of the c-clamp to force the piston back inside the caliper housing. Remove the brake pads from the caliper.

Install the new brake pad in the caliper and swing it downward onto the wheel assembly. Tighten the retaining bolt with the socket and ratchet. Replace the wheel on the car and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Remove the jack stand from under the Honda. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Repeat the process on the other wheel.

Replace the brake fluid as needed. Pump the brakes several times until the pedal is firm. Connect the battery terminal and tighten the nut with the wrench.

Tips & Warnings

As brake pads wear, they create dust. The dust may contain asbestos fibers. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you finish the project.

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