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GE8 – Checking the Front Brakes, Tires

Since we brought the Fit (Penny) home I wanted to give things a once over. With the initial brake issue taken care of by CarMax, I still wanted to put my eyes on the driver side caliper. When one acts funny I always like to take a look at the other.

Items needed:
I like to use anti seize in these cases. Puts a nice graphite coating on the metal, doesn't bind to the rubber. However, there are all sorts of opinions on this, bear grease, lithium grease, ect.

Tools needed:
Lug wrench of your choice (remove the lug nuts)
Socket Wrench
12mm socket (caliper bolts to slide pins)
Large Flat Head Screwdriver (spread the caliper)

What do we do:
Obviously we start by securely jacking up the front of the car. Make sure your wheels are chalked, or e-brake is on. Put the jack stands under the front driver and passenger side on the jacking tabs. Make sure the car is stabile before removing the wheels people! Remove the front wheels.

The front brakes on this one are typical  Honda, which I like. The caliper is held to the slide pins with two 12mm bolts. Once removed the caliper slides off the pads just as one would expect. I used a large flat head to spread the pads a little so the caliper would come off easily.

The brake pads have plenty of meat on them. Quite a bit dusty unfortunately. Perhaps a change in the future. The slides on the driver’s side were quite sticky so, I'm glad I took the time to inspect them.

The two dust covers pop off the back of the bracket with just a tug.

This is a good opportunity to verify there isn't anything in the slide orifice. Some brake cleaner or compressed air cane help there.

Grease up you slides good. Reinsert and check for aggressive tension against the rubber dust covers. If so, reapply lubricant until they slide smoothly.

The caliper slides back over the pads and the two 12mm bolts get torqued back down to 17ft/lbs. After a some more cleaning and a little bit of grease, we are back in order. I cleaned things up a bit while I was in there also. Brake cleaner for the win folks, just don't get it on your paint.

Tire Look See

I liked this shot of the Fit wheel sitting next to the Rotas on Leslie. Had to throw it in.

The Sport package comes with a nice set of 16x7 inch, twin seven spoke, alloys. A beautiful wheel in my opinion. The tires mounted on said wheels are 205x55x16 Hankook Ventrus V2 Concepts. Same type of tires that I had on Helena. The larger sidewall helps soak up the bumps yet, still provide ample response and grip in the wet and dry. Not that you can really worry about grip with 110lb/fts out of the 1.5L in her but, I digress. You can throw this little car around pretty well with these.

Still says Hankook on the tires. These things are practically new! 


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