How to change brake pads on a Honda Pilot

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This article will show you step by step how to change the brake pads on a 2006 Honda Pilot.


When purchasing a brake pad set consider the quality brands such as Hawk brake pads, akebono brake pads, or PBR brake pads.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • New Brake Pads
  • Wrench plus extension breaker bar.
  • brake piston compression tool or C clamp.
  • Assuming you already know how to jack up the car and remove the wheels, lets begin.

  • If you look behind the brake rotors, you will see 2 bolts which will need to be removed.

  • Using a ratchet arm or wrench with a extension for leverage, loosen and remove the bolt. Without the extension, these bolts may be difficult to remove without breaking your back or yelling out some profanities.

  • Open up your hood, and locate the brake fluid container and keep it opened to allow pressure to release out as you will be pushing the brake pistons that have been pushed out back in during removal and installation.

  • After removing the 2 bolts, the brake caliper should slip out.

  • Make sure the caliper does not hang on by the brake line as this may get damaged. Use either a bungee cord or rest the caliper carefully so it is not pulled at the brake line.

  • Remove the old pads and place the new pads in place.
    Check out my old pads vs new. Not much left =)

  • Pads in place. I dabbed on some anti-squeal paste. Not necessary, but I had some laying around so might as well.

  • You need to push the caliper piston back as the new pads are thicker and the caliper will not fit otherwise. Make sure the brake fluid reservoir cap is open to allow the pressure to release; using a C-clamp or brake piston compression tool as seen here, push the piston back in.

  • Reinstall everything back in reverse. Make sure you reset the pumping the brakes a few times before driving off.

Tips & Warnings

  • Working on the car can be dangerous and even life threatening. Please follow these steps at your own risk and take all safety precautions before proceeding.
  • If you are unsure, take the car to a mechanic to have it done professionally.
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