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RL3 - Brakes on Allen's 06 EX-L Odyssey.

So my buddy Allen got some new pads and rotors for his odyssey. Given the weight of the van my recommendation was to get a better set of rotors and pads that would last a bit. After some conversation Allen decided on a set of ceramic Brembo brake pads and Centric Cyro-Treated rotors.

If you are not familiar with a "cryo" treated rotor take a look here: Tire Rack Brake Tech. Basically what happens is the rotor is cooled slowly to -300'F then, brought back up to the ambient temperature slowly. This increases the wearing characteristics of the metal significantly.

Time to install these beauties.

Tools Needed:

  • Breaker Bar
  • Socket Wrench
  • 19mm socket
  • 14mm socket
  • 19mm flat wrench
  • Something to depress the brake pistons. In our case we used large adjustable jaw pliers. 
Time Estimated, if all goes well:
1 hour.

Let's get going:
So let's no forget that the van weighs more than your civic. Make sure your jack is decent and your stands are positioned correctly. After the van is off the ground and the wheels are off. Start by removing the caliper. It will sit right on the top of the dust cover. Careful not to let it fall and stretch the brake line.

There are two 19mm nuts on the brake caliper pins themselves. Allen showed me a cool trick to loosen the two 14mm bolts holding the caliper to the bracket. Take a 19mm flat wrench, put it on the slide pin nut. Tap it till it is loose then, remove the 14mm bolt from the back of the caliper by hand. 

Bracket off the driver's side. Notice the two 19mm bolt holes.

Next we want to remove the caliper braket. There are two 19mm bolts holding this to the hub assembly. These are going to be quite tight so, you want to grab a breaker bar or an air wrench for them.

After that comes off, we want to remove the rotors. There are two screws holding the disc in place. These can be tough to remove. There are a variety of tricks however the one that works for me is to get a #3 phillips head bit, put it on the set screw, tap it with a hammer. This will help loosen the threads so it is easy to back them out.

The rotors did not want to come off after 146k so, we had to beat them with a 3lb sledge until they let loose. Please use caution here, don't take out your knee or your friend's knee.

Time to prep the new stuff. These Brembo pads came with new pad retention springs. Allen made quick work of snapping them in place.

Rotors go on. If you are replacing the set screws don't put them on honky tight.

Our Brembo pads had the shims already attached, greasing agent, and they came with a sticker. Oh my! Other brake manufactures might have them loose in the box. Double check to make sure they are in place before install. What happens if you don't install the back shims? I'm not sure, never tried it.

The caliper bracket goes back on. The two 19mm bolts get torqued to 94ft/lbs.
The caliper slides in to place with the pads mounted inside. The 14mm bolts go back in to the slide pins and get torqued to 37ft/lbs.

With everything back together, just give things a good once over. Make sure all is tight and well. We took a look at the front suspension while we were in here. Even with 146k on the odometer, everything is looking fresh. Someone took time to care about this van prior. That is always a plus and will make maintenance easier moving forward.

You can't see it in this picture but, it you look closely you can see the red from the shims on the Brembo pads. "It is the little things." ~ Allen

Final Note
There are several break in "procedures" for new pads. In general for these, the paper work recommended giving them a gentle break in period with gentle gradual pedal pressure. So no crazy taxi maneuvers, at least for the first 100 miles or so. 


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