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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 04:02 PM
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Re: Spongy Brake Pedal

I left out the word 'not' by mistake. Brake feel would not be in the plus column.



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Re: Spongy Brake Pedal

The FIX for spongy brakes.. Remove the caliper and check the two caliper slider pins inside the small accordion rubber boots on the caliper. Check by sliding each one in and out they should move easily and freely. If they do not, Remove each pin by pulling it straight out of the caliper by rotating it back and forth, (don't pull directly on rubber boot) it will come out with the pin. You will usually find that one or both of the pins is starting to corrode. Use a small wire brush or Dremel tool etc. remove the rust and corrosion re grease and reassemble.

Note: You will also notice if one of the pins is starting to corrode the brake pad will be worn lopsided instead of straight against the rotor.

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Re: Spongy Brake Pedal

My 06 with 70k is exactly the same. Very soft first press. Firms up after that. No problem stopping.
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Re: Spongy Brake Pedal

Had the same issue. Installed new Hawk front brake pads last weekend, and the firm pedal is back. Not claiming that the Hawk pads are betterr than OEM, just that replacing worn pads (about 30% life left) took care of the issue for me. Rears were replaced about 6 months ago.
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Re: Spongy Brake Pedal

I have a 2006 that had the soft brake problem and it would even sometimes pull to the left. I tried bleeding out the system but that didn't help. Then I read to check the guide pins. Sure enough I had one on the top right caliper practically welded in place. Using my largest Visegrips and a lead-head hammer I was able to get it to move but never loosened up. I decided to replace the caliper with a Honda rebuilt unit.

Problem solved, brakes back to normal.

BTW, I replaced my brake fluid every 3 years and didn't find any tears in the guide boot so I don't know why this pin became frozen.
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Re: Spongy Brake Pedal

I just caught this thread. Spongy pedal here too. Have had all the caliper slides done several times. No leakage. They've been bled once, but going in again Monday to try again. So...this is 'normal' for Honda?
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Re: Spongy Brake Pedal

I believe my problem is fixed. It was actually nothing out of the ordinary. While I've reported several back brake issues, the fronts were always pretty good. All the caliper slides were lubed up a couple times over the life of the vehicle and the front OEM pads were wearing pretty well. Until now. Turns out one of the pads was getting fairly thin...still had a little life left, but thin. This caused the pedal to pretty much hit the end of caliper piston travel.

All seems to be well now. Good pedal. New Wagner front pads at 60.6K miles, brake fluid flush, and all 8 caliper slides were lubed up again. $109 total for the job. Small potatoes.

Bottom line is mine was a normal maint. item and not something else.
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Yay! I like an easy (and cheap) solution/repair!

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