Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A


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mikwilfly
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Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby mikwilfly » Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:45 pm



Reading the Honda Shop Manual there is not much in the way of details of how to change the rear brake pads on my 2002 GL1800A (ABS). It only shows a picture of removing the "pins" and being careful to get the tabs in the right place when reinstalling them. Does NOT mention or show removal of any parts like the right hand muffler or the rear wheel or even removal of the rear caliper for that matter.
Can I replace the brake pads without removing anything else besides those "Pins" and do it all while leaving the caliper attached to the bike? If this is true it should be really simple? I cannot see the "inside" pad on the rear with the caliper attached and doesn't seem like enough room to get the whole caliper off with the wheel still attached.
Any input will be appreciated.
Thx
Mike :roll:



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Re: Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby Bouvier1 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:47 am

That is the way to replace them. Simple.
What you must do is remove the cap on the resevoir first (under the r/h cover) then using a screwdriver push the pads back away from the disc - this opens the pistons in order to put new pads in (if you don't you have difficulty trying to push the pistons back). Once done then remove the pin and the old pads will fall out. Replace the pads - outside first then inside as you need to put the pin through to hold the first pad. When you put the new pads in you will feel a bit of resistance when you align the hole up with the pin - don't worry as this shows that it is locked in at the top. Once on put the cap on the resevoir and pump the foot brake a couple of times. This should take 10mins at the most.
Same goes for the fronts, you should replace these at the same time.

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Re: Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby mikwilfly » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:18 am

Great, thanks so much for the info. That makes sense but it seemed so simple I was afraid some steps were omitted and surely it couldn't be that easy. Good to know the muffler and wheel need not be removed.
Thank you for the quick response.
regards
Mike :D

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Re: Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby fmcastro » Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:46 pm

While replacing the rear & front brake pads, is there a requirement to clean the caliper pistons before pushing them back in. Do the pistons have a dust boot? What about opening the bleeder on the caliper so as to not pump old fluid into the master cylinder?

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Re: Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby mikwilfly » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:29 am

Opening the bleeder valve instead of pushing the fluid back up to and thru the reservoir makes good sense to me and would rather spill brake fluid on the floor than have run down painted parts under the M/cyl reservoir. Thanks for that I'll try it.
mike

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Re: Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby Len » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:43 pm

I always try to clean the pistons before they are pressed back into the calipers. While the old pads are removed, slide the caliper from side to side to check for smooth movement. If the calipers don't slide freely, remove them from the mounting and lube the slide pins.

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Re: Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby mikwilfly » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:06 am

I will do that, thanks. I have postponed replacing the pads for a month or so as when I looked again they were still at 50% so not as big a hurry as I thought. But I plan on doing it the next time that it is convenient. Appreciate all the good advise, guys. :D
Mike
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Re: Changing rear brake pads on 202 GL1800A

Postby FlyBoy2121 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:24 am

I Boys

Here's another way to change the rear brakes, it is pretty good too. You ave pictures, you have pictures of descriptions.

http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/rearbrakes

FlyBoy2121 :mrgreen:




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