The Basics of Disc Brake Service -EricTheCarGuy

This might seem like pretty basic information but it is important and often overlooked. If you have noisy brakes you might want to try this. Also, if you feel your brake performance isn’t as good as it could be this might be something you could try. It’s also a good idea to do this to your vehicle every so often to make sure things are working as they should. This can prevent sticking caliper slides as well as the noise I mentioned. The Honda service interval is about every 30,000 miles. I think that’s a good number to start with for servicing brakes.

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43 thoughts on “The Basics of Disc Brake Service -EricTheCarGuy

  1. I added Permatex's brake parts lubricant grease to my slide pins (and pad contact areas) about 2 weeks ago, trying to find out why my LF brake was making noise. The noise went away, but I'm sure the grease did the nasty you talked about, cause my mpg went down a bit, and when I'm shifting gears, the car sometimes feels like I'm touching the brakes.

    Gonna see where I can buy some of that silicone paste in-store, then clean out the slide pins and bores, and replace the silicone.
    I knew you said something about using the wrong lubricant on slide pins before, but I couldn't remember what exactly you had said. (It was in a recent video, and I couldn't find it, so I searched up and found this video)

  2. Do new brake calipers come with pre-lubricated pins? I recently replaced both of mine (Centric brand) and the pins had some white grease substance. I left it on and added some of my lubricant (Permatex Silicone Ceramic). Now I’m a little concerned as to what that white grease substance was and of mixing them together.

  3. Thanks for Another great video Eric! You've given me a lot of information over the years to keep my vehicles on the road. On a side note, i saw Thunderhead289 wearing one of your t-shirts on one of his video's! Cool to see. Thanks again

  4. I never serviced my brakes for the numerous cars I owned. When the time comes I just replaced brake pads and eventually pads and rotors.
    Honda asked for $170 service them.

  5. Hello. Not sure if you have talked about this but does it matter if the slide pin with the dampener goes on the top or bottom of the caliper? I was applying silicone on my rear brake pins and one side had it on the leading (bottom) and the other had it on the top. I bought this 2016 KIA Soul with 50K miles and I’m pretty sure one side was installed incorrectly.

  6. Eric, can you use the brake lubricant to lube your slider pins. The brake lube bottle I bought says it is good for all brake parts. Plus, the silicone only lubricant is rated to 400 degrees Farenheit, whereas the brake lube that has silicone and metal solids in it is rated to 2300 degrees Farenheit. I worry about the 400 degree lube overheating when I apply my brakes during driving.

  7. In the mid-west US after all the snow is gone and the weather warms as your driving around with a window cranked down you are bound to hear someone with noisy brakes.
    They need to watch this video and have this kind of maintenance performed even if there is plenty of pad left. Thanks Eric!

  8. Doing a brake job has always been a HUGE black box!! You make the process so easy!! Thank you!!!!

  9. Happy New Year. So I know this video is old and I watch a lot of your videos (you're great btw). Question though, regarding this video, why didn't you address the rotor? Shouldn't you check the rotor or clean it off or something right before changing to new pads?

  10. Oh yes, Eric the car guy has come a long way from the mullet sporting to the new and improved birthday wishing tech guy. Lol

  11. Another great video. Your channel has become my go-to for figuring out my DIY car repair work. Thanks for cranking out the trustworthy and free information!

  12. Eric, yes! – great tips. People should be somewhat familiar with looking at the mechanism – (taking the ka-bootle apart) heck, it's the most important part of the car. I know you covered the pads' edges(guides), But Eric, I do have a question. I wondered why you didn't talk about the movement aspect of the pads themselves; that being, that the viewer of the video might want to know if the pads should be able to move in their stainless steel guide,- that is,… have play that allows them movement towards the outer edge of the rotor, and similarly, (car moving, and brakes not applied) be able to have that movement ( very little) in towards the rotor's inner circle. Just as the pins allow the caliper to sort of float and move with the bumps of the road, -have engineers made this an additional aspect with the play ( at least that I am seeing in my new pads along the s.s. guide) that I can manage to invoke on each pad?

  13. So glad I found this video. About to do my first brake job tomorrow and I was confused about the lubrication process. Thanks, Eric!

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