How to Change the Brakes on Other Vehiclesby Contributing WriterUpdated June 12, 2017
The TRX can be used for any model of Honda other ATV that has a high output, high torque engine. The TRX models are usually set up for racing or for heavy duty work on a farm or ranch. TRX models are also set up for fast repair and modification. The brakes on these models are disk-type brakes, which are a lot more reliable than drum brakes. You will need the tire tool for your specific TRX model in order to remove the wheels and gain access to the brake calipers.
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Park the TRX on level ground and place the motorcycle lift under the engine block. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel, using the tire tool, then raise the TRX off the ground. Pull the wheel off the frame of the TRX.
Loosen the securing nuts on the rear right and left side of the caliper, using the ratchet set. Lift up on the caliper and remove the caliper from the top of the caliper.
Pull the brake pads from the inside of the caliper, using your hands. Push the piston into the frame of the caliper, using your thumbs. Slide the new pads into the caliper, in the same position as the used one.
Place the caliper back on top or the rotor and tighten the securing nuts, using the ratchet set. Replace the wheel onto the frame of the TRX and tighten the lug nuts, using the tire tool. Lower the TRX to the ground and remove the motorcycle lift from under the engine block. Completely tighten the lug nuts, using the tire tool to the torque specifications for your specific TRX model.
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Replacement brake pads
Remove the brake housings located on the frame of the tractor in front of the rear axle. There is one on each side. The housings are square shaped caps roughly 1 foot by 1 foot. Pour thread lubricant on the four bolts that secure the the caps to the frame and wrench them off by turning them counterclockwise with a socket set and a breaker bar.
Pull the housing off the frame by tilting the face of the housing toward the ground to prevent the brake disk from falling out. Remove the brake disk from the housing. Pinch the legs of the cotter pins -- securing the brake bands to the housing rods -- together. Pull the pins out of the rods. Pull the two brake bands off the housing rods; each band is connected to two rods, but only secured to one.
Replace the brake bands by sliding eyelets of new bands over the rods. Secure them in place by sliding a cotter pin through the eyelet of the housing rod and spreading the legs apart with a pair of pliers. Replace the brake disk by sliding it in between the bands. Slide the housing back over the studs on the frame of the tractor. Thread nuts on the studs and tighten them with a socket wrench and the breaker bar.
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Raise the motorhome at the brake to be replaced by jacking it up with the floor jack and settling the frame rail onto a jack stand.
Remove the wheel by turning the lug nuts in a counterclockwise direction. Some models may have covers on the lug nuts that look like the actual nut, so remove them if applicable. If working on a rear brake, the wheels could be stacked in a "dual" style, which requires that the outside wheel be removed first. Set the wheel(s) aside.
Remove the caliper by turning the rear mount bolts in a counterclockwise direction, then sliding the caliper off the rotor. If the brake is a drum style, remove the off-center keeper bolt by turning it counterclockwise and slide the drum from the brake assembly. Disk pads can be popped out of the caliper pistons without much effort, although some models will have clips holding the pads in that can be removed with a screwdriver. Set the drum aside, or secure the caliper to the control arm with a zip tie or string.
Remove the rotor by pulling it from the hub or turning the hub nut counterclockwise. The shoes on a drum brake can be removed by levering the long springs from the shoe hooks, then turning the primary spring bolt counterclockwise. The shoes will slide away from the brake assembly.
Replace the rotor with a resurfaced or new unit by sliding it over the hub and turning the hub nut clockwise, if applicable. The shoes on a drum brake will slide into the assembly and then be secured by turning the primary spring bolt clockwise. Reattach the long springs to the shoe hooks and check the bottom adjustment bolt for play between the shoes.
Replace the pads in the caliper with fresh pads, then slide the caliper back onto the rotor. Tighten the rear caliper mount bolts in a clockwise direction. If the brakes are drum style, slide the drum over the shoes until it meets the back of the brake assembly. Tighten the keeper bolt on the front of the drum in a clockwise direction.
Replace the wheel by turning the lug nuts in a clockwise direction, in an alternating pattern.
Lower the motorhome from the jack stand with the floor jack.
Bleed the brake by turning the purge nipple on the rear in a counterclockwise direction, then continually pouring fresh brake fluid into the master cylinder while pressing on the brake pedal. This could take more than one person to accomplish. When the fluid coming out is clean and bubble-free, turn the purge nipple clockwise to close it.
Repeat the entire procedure on the remaining brakes.
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