Guides Front Brakes: Strip, Clean, Lubricate & Paint

Accord 03-08 (Guide Utilises Type-R Callipers)

  1. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Annual Front brake strip clean lubricate and paint.

    Got up and saw the sun out,so I seized the opportunity to do the annual strip clean and assemble of the front brakes.

    Sorry this DIY will not be step by step since my hands were so dirty I dare no list the camera. I ran out of latex gloves so used my Mechanix wear gloves throughout.

    First remove the wheels. Look at the state of the body work it covered with salt. We had an insane amount of snow and the roads are oozing with salt so will be washing the car once I do the rear brakes may be tomorrow.
    Looks grubby and it needs a clean.
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    Calliper off look at the pads these have covered 50K miles and they have 50 % still left.There is no outer liptoo that what I call Honda quality,why would you buy aftermarket gear?

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    Pistons look good no major rusting as they were coated and lubricated last year.

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    Look at the rust on the front disc air vanes , it needs a proper clean

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    After a good clean using a wire brush

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    Using a flathead screwdriver clean out all the air vents, every single one of them on both discs were blocked, look at the rust on the floor. After unblocking all the vents blasted them with a jet of brake cleaner fluid to chase out any debris. Could have done with compressed air but I don’t have a compressor.

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    Offside calliper looking worse then the near side
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    Using steel wool wrapped around my index finger cleaned the pistons

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    Next move to clean all the rattle shims and piston with a dremel using a brass brush

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    After 15 minutes of high speed pass this is the result, make sure you don’t touch the calliper piston seals. Lower the speed and use a steel brush.
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    Please wear eye protection as rust as strands of brass fibre will be flying around. You may want to wear a mask too to stop it flying onto your lips. I can stress how import eye care is using power tools. Even clean with brake fluid the splatter can enter your eye, so please take care of your precious eyes.

    Once thoroughly cleaned rinsed off with brake fluid cleaner and coat them liberally with high temperature silicone grease.

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    These were the grease used. The pad grease is self-explanatory, The brake cylinder grease was used to coat all rubber boots and seals to sure they remain in pristine condition, and coat the exposed pistons.
    The superfit Silicone grease (I would have used Honda owns silicone grease but that is now been discontinued) was used for the sliders. All slider lift automatically and sharply on rebound on its own. None of the slider was showing scoring or pitting just a smooth rifle gun action.


    Painted the calliper and carrier and torqued up all the bolts and wheel lugs nuts with a recently calibrated torque wrench.

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  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Re: Annual Front brake strip clean lubricate and paint.

    Nice write up CJ.

    But look at the state of your car dude ! Even my cars are cleaner than that !!
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    Sorry...couldn't resist :Wave:
     
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  3. StuH Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Are they Type-R callipers?
     
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  4. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Yes Stu, CJ has done the ATR caliper mod on his 7th Generation.
     
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  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Re: Annual Front brake strip clean lubricate and paint.

    Thanks dude since Spring has been cancelled due to bad weather my annual deep clean was put back,there is a few tonnes of salt still on the road. I wish we get a massive downpour soon and wash off this rust causing demon for good.:Happy:

    So I have brought forward my mechanical works forward front brakes done , next week rear brakes the week after brake fluid change then the annual deep clean.

    First day of Summer , wash the engine and undercarriage (Detailing - )
     
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  6. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Yes they are Stu. Honda should have put Dual pistons callipers on the 7th Generation by default. The stock brake setup on the 7th petrols was more than adequate but you had room from improvement. However on the diesel the same set up is grossly inadequate on a full laden car and repeated heavy braking you will soon lower your speed to feel some confidence.

    These calliper are superb the fact the disc and pads have lasted 50K miles and have 50-45% meat left on them just shows it superior to the stock setup. I don't use a lot of braking I use a lot of engine braking or even lifting off the throttle completely to slow down. BTW I brake with my left foot I don't that helps in brake life?. This is my wife car now lets see how quickly these pads get worn :Whistle:
     
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  7. StuH Premium Member Club Supporter

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    It's a nice mod. I did have ATR caliper on an eBay saved search but stopped looking a while back for some reason.
     
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  8. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Its worth every penny , however I would say the calliper carrier with excessive play on the sliders and scored pins are the ones to ignore. On ebay you can't check that best looking at physically at the scrapyard.

    These carriers are then beyond serviceable life and you will get uneven wear even with brand new pins.
     
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  10. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    You will only know when you remove them buddy its worth a punt
     
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  11. rayhoop Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Good write up!

    Has anyone on this forum rebuilt the calipers on the 7 Gen? Just wondering what condition you found the piston in when replacing the seals etc.

    My Accord is touching 158k now, and the brakes need an overhaul. I was thinking of replacing the caliper seals as a 'pre-emptive strike'. They don't look too expensive.

    Any thoughts?
     
  12. johnny 5 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hey Ichiban, did you use the stock discs with these calipers? I might consider doing this upgrade as the stock brakes could do with a little boost.
     
  13. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Yes stock disc and stock ATR pads work perfectly and the life I have got out of them is far superior to any aftermarket kit.