Pilot Brake Pad replacement

Discussion in 'Pilot' started by Al, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Al

    Al Guest

    I replaced my front and rear brakes this weekend. When I did the front
    brakes, as I was pushing in the puck I noticed some brake fluid (a
    couple of ounces) dripping down from the engine compartment. The new
    pads work well, but what I wanted to know is did I possibly screw
    anything up? Is my master cylinder or ABS going to die a premature

    thanks in advance!
    Al, Feb 20, 2006
  2. Al

    Seth Guest

    Where in the engine compartment did it come from? Did you open the brake
    fluid reservoir before compressing the caliper to allow the fluid level to
    rise easily? Was the amount in the reservoir near the top BEFORE you
    serviced your brakes?
    Seth, Feb 20, 2006
  3. Al

    Al Guest

    It is hard to tell where the fluid came from, but it was not from the
    brake fluid reservoir. I was towards the drivers side (oposite site
    than the brake fluid reservoir). Yes I did open the brake fluid
    reservoir before compressing the caliper.

    Any ideas?
    Al, Feb 20, 2006
  4. Al

    Seth Guest

    With your update above, I'm stumped. Was hoping it was something silly you
    missed, but doesn't sound like it now.
    Seth, Feb 20, 2006
  5. Al

    twfsa Guest

    The fluid was coming from the master cylinder reservoir, I usually removsome
    fluid before compressing the caliper piston I don't think it did any harm.
    It never has on any of my vehicles. How many miles on the Pilot were the
    pads wore out?

    twfsa, Feb 20, 2006
  6. Al

    Al Guest

    Thanks for the warm-and-fuzzy.

    I have 57K on the Pilot.
    Al, Feb 20, 2006
  7. Al

    jim beam Guest

    when you push the piston back in, you should always open the bleed
    nipple - prevents exactly this kind of thing. it's simply the fluid
    rising in the reservoir. wash the spill off with water asap. do NOT
    wipe, even after you've washed it. just leave to dry naturally.
    discard the the fluid you get from the calipers.
    jim beam, Feb 20, 2006
  8. As jim beam says - it happens, but the brake fluid will eat paint if given a
    chance. Wash it off completely with water (I like to spray with Simple Green
    after the initial rinse and rinse again) very soon.

    Michael Pardee, Feb 20, 2006
  9. Al

    jim beam Guest

    i'd stay well away from simple green if i were you mike. there have
    been a lot of reports of stress corrosion cracking in steel with that
    stuff, including some bike stuff i bought used. steel eyelets in a rim
    cracked and fell apart. that's the last thing /i'd/ want anywhere near
    my honda braking system!!!
    jim beam, Feb 20, 2006
  10. Al

    Al Guest

    I just realized that I did NOT remove the brake fluid reservoir, but
    the power steering fluid reservoir. I have ordered a shop
    manual...Next time, I'll be a bit more careful.

    Al, Feb 21, 2006
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