How to Replace a Caliper in a Honda CR-V

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An SUV like the Honda CR-V needs its brakes in top condition. A brake caliper with cracks or wear should be replaced immediately. This type of work is best suited for a trained expert. Make sure you talk with one and know exactly what you're doing before working on your Honda yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Allen/socket wrench
  • Tire iron
  • Caliper for Honda CR-V
  • Copper washers
  • Small rubber piece
  • See that the vehicle is properly raised and secured on the jack stand, then remove the wheel.

  • Disconnect the brake fluid hose from the caliper by removing the banjo bolt. Throw away the copper washers attached with the bolt. Plug the hose's open end with a piece of rubber.

  • Remove the caliper's upper and lower bolts. Lift up the caliper and remove it from the rotor/bracket.

  • Take off the pad springs, pads, shims and pad retainers. Grease the sides of the shims and the backs of the pads with brake grease.

  • Install the new caliper with the pad springs, pads, shims and pad retainers. Reattach the mounting bolts and the brake hose. (Use new copper washers with the banjo bolt on the hose.)

  • Bleed the brake system after connecting the hose to remove air from the system. Open the bleeder valves and have another person hold down on the brake pedal.

  • Place the wheel back on and lower the vehicle. Set the brake pads by repeatedly pushing the pedal until it feels firm. Test the brakes on the road.

Tips & Warnings

  • Taking precautions beforehand is a good idea. Remove the cable from the battery negative terminal and remove about two-thirds of the brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir. Replace it with fresh fluid afterward.
  • Never clean brake parts when dry, as they can contain asbestos fibers. Run a mist of water over them, wipe them with a damp rag and dispose of the rag in an impermeable container.

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