Would you replace a drum without changing the shoes? Andrew Markel discusses what must be performed when servicing rear rotors that use a drum in the hat of the rotor.
If you are having trouble removing a drum-in-hat rotor, don’t just take a hammer to it. You may have to adjust the parking brake and back it off the rotor in order to remove the rear rotor.
Andrew Markel reviews methods to reset the parking brake in order to release a rotor, and how best to obtain service information for this procedure.
Uneven rotor wear often produces variations in thickness that can be felt as pedal pulsations when the brakes are applied.
The surface finish of a new or resurfaced rotor should meet OEM specifications for good braking performance, pedal feel and quiet operation.
How do you handle a pulsation or comeback? Blame the pads? The driver? Defective rotor?
The seventh-generation Honda Accord (2003-’08) and Acura TL are some of the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. They have a very simple brake system to service, but it can be prone to brake-noise issues if it’s not properly serviced. The system uses single-piston floating calipers in the front. In the rear, some models use single-piston
Watch this Tip Clip presented by instructor Mark DeKoster with information you need to know if you perform brake service and repairs. Mark shows us and talks about tips to determine if a rotor is acceptable to be turned and resurfaced, how to best prepare a rotor for being turned and best practices for reinstalling the rotor and other brake parts.