Introduction: How to Replace Front Brake Disc Rotors 2004 Honda CRV

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How to replace front brake disc rotors on a 2004 Honda CRV

Step 1: Tools and Materials

  • Gloves
  • Mechanical Jack Stands
  • Jack
  • Lug Nut Wrench
  • Socket Wrench
  • Combination Wrench
  • Torque Wrench
  • Bar clamp
  • Mallet
  • Tie wire or Bungee cord
  • Brake Cleaner Spray
  • Penetrating Oil
  • Replacement Rotors

Step 2: Disassembly

Safety First

  1. Secure parking brake
  2. Install wheel choke on the opposite side rear wheel
  3. Remove cap on brake fluid reservoir
  4. Loosen wheel lug nuts
  5. Lift up the car with a jack
  6. Place a jack stand under the frame
  7. Lower car on to the jack stand
  8. Put gloves on
  9. Remove wheel lug nuts and wheels
  10. Use/spray brake cleaner on the assembly
  11. Spray penetrating oil on the rotor retaining screws and center shaft fit
  12. Loosen and remove brake caliper bolts
  13. Remove caliper, and use wire/bungie to hang the caliper out of the way without damaging the brake fluid hose
  14. Take a picture of the brake pads springs for reference during reassembly
  15. Remove the brake pads and springs
  16. Loosen and remove the caliper mounting bracket bolts and assembly
  17. Loosen and remove the rotor retaining screws
  18. Use mallet to knock the rotor and loosen it from the shaft
  19. Pull the rotor off the shaft

Step 3: Install & Reassemble

  1. Clean the new rotor surfaces with brake cleaner and fine emery cloth or sandpaper
  2. Wipe clean with more brake cleaner
  3. Install the new rotor onto shaft and install retaining screws
  4. Install the caliper mounting bracket, torque bolts to 80 ft-lbs
  5. Slowly compress the caliper cylinder using a bar clamp
  6. Install the brake pads and springs, reference picture taken during disassembly step 14
  7. Install the caliper, torque bolts to 25 ft-lbs
  8. Install the wheel and hand tighten the lug nuts
  9. Lift car off the jack stand and remove the stand
  10. Lower the car back to the groundTighten the lug nuts
  11. Tighten/restore the brake fluid resevoir cap
  12. Turn on the car and pump the brakes several times until they don't feel spongy any more
  13. Test drive car

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