Hardlymoving writes about do-it-yourself automobile maintenance on various makes and models.
Front and Rear Brake Pad Replacement
This video will show you how to service the front and rear brake pads and rotors on a 2004 Acura TL. Since the brake components are shared with other Honda vehicles (i.e. CL, TSX, RL & Accord), this video's instructions can be used as a guide for other vehicles.
On this particular job, I found that the vehicle's front rotors showed little wear. I had them removed and resurfaced rather than replaced. The rear rotors were also in good condition and the owner elected to have only the pads replaced.
Choosing Brake Pads
I prefer Akebono brake pads, but when I am rushed I get pads from local vendors. For this job, I went to AdvanceAuto and got "platinum-rated" replacement pads (their most expensive pads). I have had good success with these platinum-rated pads. Their kit comes with new shims, abutment clips, and brake grease. The shims in this kit are glued onto the new pads, while the other surface of the shim (which contacts the caliper piston and caliper ear) is coated with an anti-friction material designed to slide on the contact surfaces, without grease, to prevent brake squeal.
Front Brake Pad Compatibility
Rear Brake Pad Compatibility
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