How to Change the Front Rotors on a 1999 Honda Accordby Eli Laurens
The 1999 Honda Accord was manufactured with front disk brakes, which include a rotor, caliper, and pads that use friction to stop the car. The rotor, a spinning friction surface, can wear down or become damaged, requiring replacement. The average backyard mechanic can replace a rotor on an Accord in about thirty minutes.
Loosen but do not remove the lug nuts on one of the front wheels of your Accord, then raise the front wheel with the floor jack, making sure the floor jack head is placed on a frame rail. Pump the lever until the wheel is in the air, then place a jack stand near the jack head for extra support. Don't place the stand or jack head on the suspension or body of the car, as this can cause serious damage.
Remove the lug nuts , then pull the wheel and tire off the hub. Set the wheel aside, away from the car.
Remove the caliper from the brake assembly by turning the rear mount bolts counterclockwise. Slide the caliper and pads from the rotor and secure them to the control arm with twist ties--don't allow the caliper to dangle by the brake lines. The pads are held in place by small clips. Remove the clips by using a screwdriver to pry them out. The pads will then come off the caliper pistons.
Remove the rotor by turning the center spindle nut counterclockwise and pulling the rotor from the hub assembly. Replace or resurface the rotor, then slide the new or refurbished rotor onto the hub and return the spindle nut to the original tightness. Replace the caliper and wheel in the reverse process as removal, and lower the Accord.
Repeat the entire process on the opposite brake assembly.
- Replace rotors in pairs, and replace the brake pads when replacing the rotors.
Things You'll Need
- Floor jack
- Jack stand
- Socket set
- Lug wrench
- Use extreme caution when working under a lifted car.
Eli Laurens is a ninth-grade physics teacher as well as a computer programmer and writer. He studied electrical engineering and architecture at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, Ga., and now lives in Colorado.