DIY: 2007 Honda Odyssey Front Brake Rotor
I have warped rotors at 30K miles, so I just re-surfaced them. Anyway, I wrote a quick DIY for those who need it.
- Ideally the van should be cleaned with water the day before so all winter salt, sand are washed off to make the job easier.
- Wheel Nut Size: 22-mm
- Brake Caliper Bracket Mounting Bolts: 19-mm; torque = 101 ft-lb (this torque is a bit on the high side, see my tip later).
- Brake Caliper Sliding Mounting Bolts: 14-mm; torque = 37 ft-lb.
- A Punch Set is also useful because it is very easy to round off these rotor retaining bolts without this tool. Basically this is a punch tool with a “twisting” motion. Place the Phillips #3 head on the rotor screw. Hammer the Punch Tool a few times. This will keep the Phillips head tight on the screw and at the same time the tool unscrews it counter-clockwise (make sure you check the tool before using it. The tool should have “R” and “L” markings on it. Press it down on the ground, the tip should twist CCW: this is what you want). Your local Autoparts store or Sears should carry this tool.
- You need 2 bolts to extract the rotor because it is likely rusted in. If my measurement is correct, then the extractor bolt should be M8 x 1.25 x 25 (M8 = diameter is 8 mm; 1.25 = distance between adjacent threads is 1.25 mm; 25 = length is 25 mm). These bolts are cheap at hardware store.
1. Apply Parking Brake. Loosen wheel nuts but do not remove them yet.
2. Jack up the van, place jackstand under the subframe (where the control arm is attached to the subframe; jackstand under subframe, not under control arm. See pic).
3. Remove wheel and set under the van for added safety. See pic.