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Post by ndnboy on Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:43 am

The 03 Honda-Pilot needs new pads/rotors up front and I am thinking I will try to DIY...

I have a DIY write-up from a Honda site and with some knowledge G threw at me last go around i hope to hit this up soon. Looks I will need to get a compression tool for the calibers, an Impact screwdriver for some rotor retaining screws and a bleeder kit.

The write-up states the bolts may be a PITA to remove but the worst may be the 2 screws that may be rusted on, hence the impact screwdriver. It goes into bleeding the brakes so as not to push the nasty fluid back into the system. Dont have a clear idea of where the bleed valves are so hope to get a diagram of that soon. Now I gotta price the pads/rotors and see if I will be saving much trying it myself, wife gets scared when I open my very limited tool box : )

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Post by TT_05_Stang on Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:07 am

If you want to get new fluid in your brake system just break open the bleeder and pump the brakes while someone else adds fluid to the resevior. A bleeder kit isnt needed.

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Re: New pads/rotors for the Pilot...

Post by ndnboy on Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:39 am

on-line shop: pads/rotors + shipping =$300
local dealer: pads/rotors = $355
local dealer: pads/rotors turned = $300
pads/rotors replaced = $450 (?)

thought the savings would be more than $100-150, quess its about feeling better about a DIY project....

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Post by TT_05_Stang on Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:52 am

If your going for dealer parts your not going to see much of a difference...

Autozone and Advance has premium rotors for your pilot at 49.99 a piece and 39.00 for pads.

that puts you at 139.00 for parts + tax, no shipping.

And if you have someone in the mechanic business you are friends with he can usually get 20-40% off listed prices, and 10-20% off on dealer items.

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Post by Big-B on Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:12 pm

Juan, spend the extra and buy dealer parts. That's what we use and NEVER have any problems. Remember, you get what you pay for.

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Post by ndnboy on Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:13 pm

finally got to mess with the Pilot today and replaced the rotors and pads up front, pretty straight forward even for the braindead like me : )

I wanted to try it to learn, I am glad I did but it seems like its always the small stuff that are a PITA. 1 of the 4 screws that hold the rotors in place was striped so it slowed me down. Went back to the store to pick up an extractor kit to remove the screw. When I got back I removed the one rotor using the 12mm nut location to push the rotor off, suggested if the rotor was rusted on or a PITA to remove. It popped off and I figured I would try to loosen the other rotor before trying to extract the screw, oops, screw head flew off from the pressure : )

Long story put I got the rotors/pads on and the truck and it seems to ride smoother according to the BOSS so its all good!!!!

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Post by Big-B on Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:46 pm

What parts did you end up using?

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Re: New pads/rotors for the Pilot...

Post by ndnboy on Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:30 pm

Got Duralast ceramic pads and rotors at Autozone for $160, we shall see how they compare to the OEM stuff...

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