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Honda Ridgeline Front Brake Pad Replacement

In this guide, you will learn how to change front brake pads on a Honda Ridgeline.

Honda Ridgeline Front Brake Pad Replacement
ESTIMATED TIME 30 mins - 1 hour
DIY COST $ 40 - 120
DIFFICULTY Intermediate

What you will need


  1. Set the transmission in park gear and the parking brakes.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheel and put wheel chocks on the back wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling. 
  3. Jack the vehicle up on the front and secure it with the jack stands. Then remove the lug nuts and remove the front wheel from the car.Jacking up and removing the wheel of the vehicle.


  4. Spray penetrating oil to the screws on the disc brake rotor to remove it later easily.Spraying penetrating oil to the set screws on the rotor.


  5. Push the brake caliper out using a screwdriver to push the pistons in.
  6. Next, remove the 17mm bolts on the brake caliper using a socket wrench and hang the brake caliper on the strut using a wire.Pushing the brake caliper out to push the pistons in.Removing the 17mm bolts on the brake caliper.Hanging the brake caliper on the strut.


  7. Remove the small clips that push the brake pads out. Remove the worn brake pads. Removing the clips on the brake pad.Removing the brake pads of the vehicle.


  8. Remove the bolts on the caliper bracket using a breaker bar and pull the bracket off.Removing the bolts on the bracket of the caliper.


  9. Remove the set screws on the disk brake rotor and tap the other side of the rotor using a hammer or any hard material to push the rotor out. The set screw can get stuck, and the head may get damaged. If that's the case, you will need to drill the screw out. While reinstall the set screw is recommended, it is possible to reinstall the rotor without a set screw. Removing the set screws on the rotor.Removing the rotor out of the vehicle.


  10. Install the new rotor back to the vehicle and the set screw.Installing the new disk brake rotor of the vehicle.


  11. Install the caliper bracket back to its place and reinstall the bolts back to the bracket. Torque to specification; see chart below. Install the new brake pad and clips back to the brake pads.Installing the new brake pads.Installing the clips back to the brake pad.


  12. Line up the brake caliper back and reinstall the 17mm bolts on the back of the caliper. Torque to specification. Reinstalling the brake caliper back to the vehicle.


  13. Carry the wheel back to the vehicle and reinstall the lug nuts back into place.
  14. Start the engine and press the brake pedal a few times before driving.

Torque Specifications

  • Brake caliper bolts: 70 Nm (51 ft/lbs)
  • Brack caliper bracket bolts: 140 Nm (103 ft/lbs)
  • Lug nuts: 129 Nm (95 ft-lbs)



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Tips & Warnings 

  • Brake dust can cause health issues. Wear a mask and gloves when working on the brake system
  • Do not press the brake pedal while the brake caliper is removed. This can cause injuries or can cause the brake pistons to extend out. 
  • Do not hang the brake caliper. Instead, use a wire to hang the brake caliper so that the brake hose does not stretch. 
  • If brake fluid falls on the paint or other parts, wipe it off with a clean cloth or wash it off with water when possible. 

Before you drive 

  • Pump the brakes a few times and test the brakes before getting the car back on the road. 

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. 

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes


Honda Ridgeline Front Brake Pad Replacement In this guide, you will learn how to change front brake pads on a Honda Ridgeline.