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Honda Odyssey Brakes



  • vinijinvinijin Posts: 28
    I would like to know what are the best non-Honda rotors for 2009 odyssey. My van is ready for new rotors and I don't want to replace with Honda rotors. My current original rotors were resurfaced at 20,000 miles and were bad again at 40, 000 miles. If I replace rotors with Honda, then I will be repeating this process again (resurfacing or replacing at every 20,000 miles). I am thinking to replace the brakes with Akebono ceramic brakes. Then I will go to a local shop and ask them to replace both brakes and rotors.
  • dk3dk3 Posts: 1
    I am puzzled to see so many brake issues with Honda Odyssey. I have seen recalls for the year 2007 and 2008. I am not sure why the recalls did not include 2006 models. I own a honda odyssey 2006 with 30 K miles when I bought it one year back. We experience the same issue where the brakes feel so soft and you have to maintain larger distance between the cars. We really have to apply force in order to stop the car. I am planning to take it to dealer this week.
  • We replaced brakes on our 2007 Odyssey w/Akebono ceramics and that was over 35,000 miles ago. I had a local shop put these on and turn the brake rotors. No more grinding, screeching, or other unacceptable noise! If you replace with Honda parts then I too am convinced you will have more of the same.
  • sonofknudsonofknud Posts: 50
    Yea I am not surprised. Our dealer had a awesome supervisor who did the evaluations of difficult situations. He had seen that before with the ABS system and knew what part was causing the issue. Just with the 07-08 the part (redesigned in 07) had a design defect that would reoccur even after the part was replaced. Hopefully they can just replace the ABS Modulator and bleed your brakes to resolve your issue.
  • nccarguynccarguy Posts: 2
    We are having the same issue with our 07. This is our 5th Honda and 3rd Oddysey. We had an 02 with 150k miles. We have had the brake recal for soft pedal, but have suffered over 1yr with the squeal. The dealer has tried adjusting the parking brake and other measures and no luck. I am constantly aggravated by this and embarassed to drive in carpool or have friends in the car. It sounds like I have shoddy brakes. The dealer says that Honda is aware of it but no resolution and they cant do anything else until Honda says so. I have contacted corporate and waiting for an answer. I am aggravated beyond belief and wish I had not bought this car. With this and the torque converter problem I am seriously doubting Honda's quality anymore. Anyone with any solutions? I have two other friends with 07 and 08 with the same issue.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    Out of your pocket brake pad and/or rotor upgrade may help to solve the problem.
    Got this fit 2008 Ody EX from

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  • srm2010srm2010 Posts: 2
    i wish I knew about this issue before buying minivan. I just bought 2 weeks ago. Brakes are too soft. Dealer says it is normal. What should I do? Any suggestions, please

  • doggrandmadoggrandma Posts: 144
    When I bought my new Odyssey EX in early April, they told me to take it easy on the brakes and not to accelerate hard for the first 500 miles or so. I did my best to follow their advice (did have to brake hard on one occasion).

    The brakes felt soft to me, too, and I was worried about it based on what I have read in this forum. However, now the brakes seem fine to me.

    My previous vehicle was a small car, so it did take some time to become accustomed to stopping such a large, heavy vehicle. We took a long trip of about 1,000 miles 2 weeks after our purchase, and by the time we returned, I really didn't notice the braking issue. Now, I like the brakes on my van better than the brakes on my husband's Ford 500.

    Give it some time after the break in period, and see if it doesn't improve. If not, keep talking to the people at the service department.

    So far, we have had no trouble with anything on the van, and we are quite pleased with it. We've even taken another long trip recently.

    Hope this helps! :)
  • sonofknudsonofknud Posts: 50
    A couple of thoughts. If dealer says it is normal than take out a new one and give it a real test and see if they are the same. A second idea is to try another dealer. Dealers have different standards. One dealer told me it was normal the second told me it was unsafe to drive and wanted to keep it overnight. They told me it was normal and they were soft and then ended up recalling the 07 and 08 because of an ABS Modulator leak.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    I need to replace the front rotors on my wife's 2007 Ody. Has anyone done this on this model? Any "gotcha"s I need to look out for or are they fairly straight forward?
    If anyone knows of any DIY sites with instructions, that would be great!!

  • nccarguynccarguy Posts: 2
    If your brakes are soft, there is a recal for 07 and 08s. My dealer did that fix and it helped tremedously. I still have the sqealing problem though and I am in the middle of a fight with corporate. It is so annoying and embarassing to hear that everyday. People think I have failing brakes, but I just have annoying brakes that do not instil any confidence. If this fails I will do the aftermarket rotors or trade the thing in. But not before I complain to the highest levels of Honda and inform everyone I can about this issue.
  • my07my07 Posts: 22
    I've changed my front rotors on an 07. There are two philips screws holding the rotor in place which you will see once you take the wheel off. I drilled them out and didn't replace them. Other than that you have two large bolts to remove at the back of the caliper. Toss the junk Honda rotor to the side and put the new rotor on. I put a lug nut on one of the studs to keep the rotor in place while I put the caliper back. That's it. Make sure caliper bolts are good and tight. You could put a tiny dab of anti-seize before putting them back in (especially if you may have to do this again some day).

    I don't have to worry about that. I have one month left on my lease and I can't wait to see it go. Last Honda for me.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
  • 4odysseyex4odysseyex Posts: 6
    edited July 2010
    I just purchased a 2010 Odyssey EX (june 22), I have about 400 miles on this van and I use my cars and brakes very lightly. With all this, I have a good amount of black brake dust on the front wheels. My question is does any one else have this? I thought Honda used ceramic pads, which are supposed to leave a light colored dust that is not easily visible. Anyone knows if the pads are supposed to be semi-metallic or ceramic? I am thinking about replacing these will Wearever Ceramic (not gold) from Advance Auto Parts. Has anyone tried these pads before? I have tried the golds on my old taurus and had no complains. I would greatly appreciate some feedback. Thank you.
  • pusterracingpusterracing Posts: 186
    I have an 06 EX-L R&N and my brakes generally sound like they are eating into the rotors as well (horrible, horrible grinding sound). I had my van at the dealer for it's 100K service the other week (had them check the brakes for the 4th time due to grinding sounds) and they said I had 25% front pads and 30% on the rears. For 100k miles on the OEM pads, this is great wear. However, I am going to change the rotors and pads anyway (at an independent shop). I was wondering, since I'd like to drive this vehicle another 50-75K miles, what are the advantages of going with a slotted and drilled rotor? Or is there one on a vehicle of this type? I was also thinking about the Centric Posi Quiet pads, anyone have any experience with them?
  • Centric Posi Quiet are a good ceramic brake pad for common everyday use. Akebono, and a few others are good too. If you do not drive constantly up and down the hills or with a full load, any good quality ceramic pads will be fine (most are about $50-75 for either front or rear set). Some ceramic pads are well below $40, I would stay away from those, because you will get what you pay for. Wearever and Duralast from Advance Auto Parts and Auto Zone, respectively are good too. If you do drive with full load in traffic and up and down the hills a lot, then go with semi-metallic pads. Ceramic pads are quieter, and will not hurt your rotors, and leave a very fine grey reside on the wheels that is virtually invisible.... semi metallic is exactly opposite.

    Rotors: I never liked the idea of drilled or slotted rotors for general use.... I can see their application for street racing, but in my opinion, those rotors will eat your pads and do get very hot if used in everyday situations. Also, those rotors are lighter and thus do not absorb and transfer heat very well... Thus higher temperature and a greater chance of warped rotors. Best you should do is buy the heavist rotor you can for your vehicle. Take the old rotor with you can compare the thickness of the steel plates and the vents, if the plates or the vents are of thinner material, do not buy, if the same or better than the original, go for it. Usually cheaper rotors are thinner... I learned that the hard way on my previous vehicles..... The whole rotor and pad replacement is fairly easy and can be done at home if you are handy. Wish you all the best.
  • ancodysseyancodyssey Posts: 3
    edited August 2010
    I have a 2009 Odyssey with about 11,000 miles on the van with a broken rotor, and I have been told my the car dealer in Anchorage that my vehicle is not covered under warranty because they are unable to determine what broke the rotor in half. I must pay the 1,258.87 for the cost of the repair. I spoke with American Honda, and they agreed with the dealer. I was told by American Honda that they do not have a problem with their rotors. I figured that I would be responsible for the bill, so I authorized the repairs. I received a call from the dealer stating that I must pay in cash, money order or cashiers check, or I would not get my car back. I stated that I would like to pay with a credit card; however, the dealer stated that they did not want me to challenge the charge. I can't believe that I have been treated so poorly by Honda! This is my first and last Honda. :confuse:
  • Next time check your Edmunds info and Tire Rack .com. I got lucky.
    Thank you Edmunds!!
  • I would stop using that dealer if they treat you that way. You might have better luck with other brake products then the standard honda OEM. Next time I would give a independent brake shop a chance. Honda didn't stand behind a defective product why pay them to replace that with another of the same product.
  • I looked at our 2008 and a neighbors 2008 and they both have brake dust on the front wheels. I am not sure the Ceramic brake pads help much but I am not much on a expert on that.
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