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1990-1997 Honda Accord front brake replacement issue.

When doing brakes on the front of a 1990-1997 or so honda accord put on new rotors,even if they look good because if you have them turned and trued up anywhere from about a week to a month or two you will have a vibration in the brake pedal and or steering wheel when you hit the brakes,the rotors aren't thick enough to even take a little off or they warp again right away.

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resurfacing front rotors

This tutorial will help you : http://www.ehow.com/how_4719219_off-brake-rotors.html
Some after market brake pads are better than the company fitted ones, but they will be more costly.

Jun 01, 2010 | 2004 Honda Accord

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ok when i am driving my car and when i need to apply the breaks they make a almost squealing noise but after i drive for a little the stop any help will be much appriciated

I have same problem; turns out all Honda Accords of this generation (2003-2007) do this. It has something to do with cold brakes and unseated pads, and the first time you stop from medium speed, you will hear a grinding, maybe from the back of the car (i think in my case).
My girlfriend looks at me, and we both wonder what it is, but it goes away in about 1 minute and I've realized it's only when the brakes are cold and it's not a problem. My brakes are basically ok, and there is nothing to fix...
I've done enough reading about this car on the internet, I feel pretty sure everybody's Accord does this, so I stopped worrying about it. A real problem, the sound would not go away as soon as the brakes warm up and seat the pads. After that, the breaks work fine.
If it was worn pads, the squealers will start up and not go away quickly. If it was a worse problem, the sound would grind continuously until fixed.
The two major problems with Honda Accord brakes are: 1) Brake judder at hi-speed medium braking. If you are going downhill, and just want to slow the car a little, if your rotors are getting worn, the steering wheel will give you feedback as brake judder. Hit the brakes harder, it will go away but it's scary and requires the rotors be replaced with a much higher quality rotor than came from the factory, and probably want to use ceramic pads (like Bendix CQ or CT). 2) Back brake pads wear down quickly. I read about this constantly with Accord owners, the EX back brakes are smaller rotors and pads than the front, but the electronic brake distribution system of the Accord will balance brake force between front and back, so the front pads will actually last longer than the back pads! This is very unusual but entirely normal for this car. Most cars are the opposite but that may change as we see new generations of cars with more evenly balanced braking front to rear. Be ready and watch your back brakes closely. Mine were toast at 30k...
I replaced my back pads and rotors, used cheapest new rotors I could find, and ceramic pads, and they have lasted considerably longer than the first set.
I now have 92k on my 2004 and the original front brakes are ready to be replaced. I replaced back brakes at 34k I think, and was very surprised they needed replacement at early, but the new pads have gone almost 60k, but look ready to be replaced sometime this year I think.
I have bad judder on high speed braking, but the pads are still ok in front. Rotors are **** in front and I'll replace with Centric Cryo-Stop rotors, they should last a long time as long as they get put on straight and I don't let anybody warp them with an air gun at the tire shop...
Two other more minor problems to watch for on this car: 3) Inner pads may wear faster than outer pads, because the caliper is on the inside, and forces the outside pads to contact the rotor after the inner pads are already braking. Seems like all Accords do this at least a little. The inner pads are not easily viewed without removing wheels, so it's hard to tell, but if your outer pads look like they are starting to get worn down pretty well, chances are good the inner pads are even more worn and you are ready to replace pads. 4) Pads may wear faster on one side of the car (fronts) faster than the other side. For example many people report driver side pads wear faster than passenger side. And the reasons proposed have to do with fast stopping for right hand turns or freeway loops. The car spends more time being braked in a right turn than a left over time.. But of course, on my car, it seems to be the opposite. The passenger side is wearing faster! Go figure..

Jan 12, 2010 | Honda Accord Cars & Trucks

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How do i Replace the Front Brake pads and rotors on my 2001 Honda Accord

Hang on, because you're in for a ride on this one. This is one of the most difficult rotor replacements there is. You will have to buy new nuts for the cv shafts on the front, remove the old ones (usually require an impact wrench), unbolt the pad bracket, unbolt the hubs, unbolt the rotors from the hubs (careful, these bolts like to break off), and replace the rotor. When you're done with this, put it back together the same way you took it apart.
Unless your rotors are excessively thin, scored badly, or warped (your brake pedal will vibrate) you usually don't need to replace them. You can use sandpaper to scratch them up, and use them again. Good luck, and have fun!

Nov 20, 2009 | 2001 Honda Accord

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Brakes replacement...

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

Aug 22, 2008 | 1996 Honda Accord

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