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Brakes replacement... Hey guys, just wondering if "an average Joe" can or should replace/repair brakes on a Honda Accord. I have a 96 Honda Accord that sounds like the brakes need care. There are specials to purchase brake parts, but wondering if I should even consider taking on this challenge - if so, what manual or publication would you recommend in using as an aid? Thanks, Mike

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Haynes or Chilton manual will help out. If the inner and outer brake pads are wearing evenly, (one or more isn't worn much more than the others) and you've gone a lot of miles since the last brake job, you can probably get by with new brake pads, and having the brake rotors 'cut' (or also called 'turn' the rotors). This is a process done at a major parts store that basically grinds the front and back of the rotor to remove imperfections, grooves, etc. so the rotor is perfectly smooth. Skipping this can result in pulsating brakes (you feel the pulsating in the brake pedal). The 'shop' that resurfaces the rotor will measure it to make sure it's thick enough to grind down some more. Once it wears down to a certain point, the rotor is thrown out for safety. Depending on the make and model, it is sometimes cheaper to buy a new rotor. I have a GM car, the rotors cost $12 each, Having them 'cut' (the old ones) costs $15 at a local parts store. If brakes are not wearing out at the same time, your brake caliper(s) may need to be replaced. (Brake cylinders, if you have drum brakes). ALWAYS bleed the brake system when you do a brake job, even if you don't open any brake lines. Old fluid absorbs moisture (whenever the cap is opened to check or add fluid) and gets contaminated over time. It'll ruin your calipers and brake cylinders, which in turn will ruin your brake shoes, pads, and rotors, drums. Start at the wheel farthest away from the master cylinder, working to the one closest last. Bleed enough fluid out so that you have replaced all the old. Countrycurt0

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