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Front or Rear Axle Brake Pads

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Most modern Honda models utilize brake pads, and the replacement intervals will vary depending on driving habits. The brake pads should be checked every 12,000 to 15,0000 miles to make sure they are not worn down. One can extend the life of their brake pads by easing onto the brake pedal and coming to a more gradual stop. This will put less wear on the brake pads for each stop, allowing them to last longer.

Brake fluid runs through your brake lines and transfers the pressure from you pushing the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure to apply the brakes. Honda vehicles will utilize Honda Genuine Brake Fluid or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid specification. Ask your service advisor what is best for you vehicle.

If your breaks feel “spongy” when stopping, it could indicate that there is air in your brake line or you might have a leak. You should have them inspected right away to determine what the problem may be.

Over time, the brake fluid will become dirty with moisture and contaminates that will effect performance. Follow the recommended guidelines in your owner’s manual to make sure you are flushing your brake fluid periodically.

Other common signs:

  • Vehicle Pulls Left / Right while Braking
  • Steering Wheel Vibration while Braking
  • Brake Pedal Described as “Spongy”
  • Brake System Warning Light is On / Flashing

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is a safety feature required in all modern cars that helps prevent the wheels from locking up when the brakes are applied suddenly or with pressure. Without this safety feature, vehicles would be much more likely to lost control while braking and spin out. Honda models are equipped with and ABS warning light in the dashboard. While your Honda can still be driven with this light illuminated, it is recommended to get it inspected right away.

Disc Brakes & Pads

Most modern-day Honda models are equipped with disc brakes on both axles. Disc brakes consist of a heavy meatl disc (the brake rotor) attached to the end of the wheel axle. The rotor spins with the attached wheel and when you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure is applied to the brake pads, causing them to clamp down on the rotors and slowing down the vehicle. The pads hover over the rotors inside the brake caliper, waiting for the brake pedal to be pressed.

Drum Brakes & Shoes

While less common in newer models, drum brakes can still be found on the rear axle of some Hondas. Drum brakes are a round, hollow drum attached to the end of the wheel axle. The brake shoes are susspended inside, and when the brake pedal is pressed, hydraulic fluid forces the shoes apart from one another and applies pressure to inside of the drum. The friction created slows down the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes will wear out over time as the friction causes the material to weaken.

Signs You Need Brake Service

There are a few things to look out for when determining if your Honda needs brake work. Below are common brake problems and what the issue may be:

Squeaking Noice While Braking: Hearing a high-pitched squeal or screech while applying the brakes is generally a sign that the brake pads have worn down and need to be replaced.
Brake Pedal Feels Spongy: If your brake pedal feels spongy, as in you aren't getting resistance while breaking, there is most likely an issue with the brake lines. There may be air mixed in with the brake fluid compromising the hydraulic pressure.
Longer Braking Distance: Using the brakes in your Honda will wear the pads and rotors out over time. As the surfaces get more and more uneven, it can increase your stopping distance as the brakes do not have as much surface area to create friction on.
Warning Light on Dash: Honda models are equipped with a warning light that will illuminate on your dashboard indicating there is a problem with your brakes. Bring your vehicle into the service center and we will be able to diagnose the problem for you.

Making sure your brakes are in good shape is important for keeping you safe while driving. If you are having any of the issues above or just want peace of mind, make an appointment at our service center in Davenport and we will make sure your brakes are in good form.

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