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Honda Ridgeline Rear Brake Pad Replacement

In this guide, you will learn how to change the rear brake pads of the Honda Ridgeline.

DIY COST $30$65

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In this guide, you will be able to replace rear brake pads on the first generation Honda Ridgeline

Tools needed

  • Honda Ridgeline Rear Brake Pads
  • Car jack
  • Jack/car stand
  • Tire wrench
  • Combination wrench ( 12mm and 17mm )
  • Flat ( - ) screwdriver
  • Brake cleaner
  • Gloves
  • Facemask


  1. Park vehicle on level ground. Place shifter in Park. Place wheel chocks in front and back of the front wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling. 
  2. Open the hood by pulling the hood release under the dashboard. Remove the cap of the brake fluid reservoir. 
  3. Break loose the lug nuts.  Do not remove them yet. 
  4. Place car jack at the jacking points; lift the car to the extent that the wheels are free to turn.
  5. Secure the car with the jack stands before removing the wheels.  
  6. Remove the lug nuts and the wheel from the vehicle.  
  7. Insert the flat screwdriver in the space between the caliper and the brake pads. Then pull the screwdriver towards you. It will allow the piston to pull back and give space for the new brake pads. If you skip this step you will need to use a brake pad spreader or the new pads will not fit. 
  8. Lose 12mm bolts that secure the caliper.
  9. Lift the caliper and remove the old brake pads.
  10. Clean the caliper bracket using the wire brush.
  11. Check for any differences in size between old pads and new ones. 
  12. Install all the parts you removed the other way around. 
  13. Install the wheel. Lower vehicle and torque the lug nuts. 
  14. Get inside the car press the brake pedal 3 to 5 times or until you feel some tension on the brake pedal.    
  15. Start the engine. Press the parking brake pedal 2 to 3 times. There should be no brake warning light on the instrument cluster.


  • 2009 - 2014    ACURA TL    Base/SH-AWD Sedan 4-Door
  • 2006 - 2014    HONDA RIDGELINE    DX/RT/RTL/RTS/SE/Sport/Touring Crew Cab Pickup 4-Door


Important Notes

  • Pump the brakes a few times and test the brakes before getting the car back on the road. 
  • Wear maks and gloves when working on the brake system

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I bleed brakes before or after changing pads?

  • No. Bleeding the brakes is not necessary when changing the pads. If you have to replace the brake caliper, you will need to bleed the air. 

Should You Replace Brake Rotors And Pads Together?

  • It is recommended to replace brake pads and rotors at the same. Not required to replace the rotor unless the rotor has damage or has created an edge( lip) on the outside diameter indicating that it is worn out. 
Honda Ridgeline Rear Brake Pad Replacement In this guide, you will learn how to change the rear brake pads of the Honda Ridgeline.