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My HR-V is about three years old with 58600 miles. I thought it was about time to replace the brake pads (it wasn't, as it still had about 40% friction material left in it), BUT I made an interesting discovery about the HR-V rear brakes.

Here's a video that may be helpful in rewinding the rear brake pistons when new pads need to be put in.

 

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That's a good question.. It looks like in the video the gentleman is using a torx bit. So if you have a nice set of torx bits you should be all set. (google for "brake piston torx" images)
 

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The video was great, something to be aware of, not sure if the dealer is feeding me a line. I had to replace rear brakes and rotors at 48k on a 206 HRV 6MT since the sounding like they were grinding and the rotors were pitted and not worn properly. Replaced both and used the video above to get them on and off. Breaks work great and no issues. A week later, I park the car, still running and engage the parking break, return and the break will not disengage, the Break System, PARK and (P)! lights come on and stay on. Tried disconnecting the battery to reset the system, no luck. They finally released about 20 minutes later and I took it to the Honda dealer.



Dealer Service reps told me that the right rear electronic caliper needs to be replaced because I did not take it to the shop to have the brakes and rotors done at the shop. Was informed that "you need to put the electronic system into Maintenance Mode to do anything on the rear brakes" can only do this with Honda maintenance software.



Not sure if I believe the dealer's explanation since i was having issues with the rear brakes before, (pulsing rough grinding breaking) just no warning indicators


Figure I would throw out what the dealer informed me incase there is some truth to it
 

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The video was great, something to be aware of, not sure if the dealer is feeding me a line. I had to replace rear brakes and rotors at 48k on a 206 HRV 6MT since the sounding like they were grinding and the rotors were pitted and not worn properly. Replaced both and used the video above to get them on and off. Breaks work great and no issues. A week later, I park the car, still running and engage the parking break, return and the break will not disengage, the Break System, PARK and (P)! lights come on and stay on. Tried disconnecting the battery to reset the system, no luck. They finally released about 20 minutes later and I took it to the Honda dealer.



Dealer Service reps told me that the right rear electronic caliper needs to be replaced because I did not take it to the shop to have the brakes and rotors done at the shop. Was informed that "you need to put the electronic system into Maintenance Mode to do anything on the rear brakes" can only do this with Honda maintenance software.



Not sure if I believe the dealer's explanation since i was having issues with the rear brakes before, (pulsing rough grinding breaking) just no warning indicators


Figure I would throw out what the dealer informed me incase there is some truth to it
Posts like this make me worry about working on my car... I miss the good ole days of mechanical parking brakes. Thanks for the heads up!
 

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Dealer Service reps told me that the right rear electronic caliper needs to be replaced because I did not take it to the shop to have the brakes and rotors done at the shop. Was informed that "you need to put the electronic system into Maintenance Mode to do anything on the rear brakes" can only do this with Honda maintenance software.



Not sure if I believe the dealer's explanation since i was having issues with the rear brakes before, (pulsing rough grinding breaking) just no warning indicators


Figure I would throw out what the dealer informed me incase there is some truth to it
I checked the Honda manual and it outlines the procedure put the HR-V in maintenance mode. Has anyone else done the rear brakes without doing this? Did you have any problem?
 

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I checked the Honda manual and it outlines the procedure put the HR-V in maintenance mode. Has anyone else done the rear brakes without doing this? Did you have any problem?
I'm looking at the procedure for the rear brake pad R&R, and nowhere does it indicate to enter "Maintenance mode" to do it. It does say if you are not hooking the car up to HDS, to remove the electronic parking brake actuator, and reinstall when you are done. It never mentions putting the car in "Maintenance Mode".

The only "Maintenance Mode" I find in the manual is for VSA maintenance, if you are running the drivetrain on the lift.
 

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I am in the process of replacing the rotors (pitted and rusted) in the back of my 2016 HRV.

I did the same on my wife's 2015 BMW X3 and the process seems to be the same even the torx bit is the same size.
People at the forums had complains that teh got warnings and the emergency brake would not engage but I did mine and i had no issues whatsoever.

It has been like 3 weeks and the car is working fine.


I have the rotors and pads on order and I will be doing it myself. FYI here is my rear right rotor pitted and all rusted:


Regards


Nick
 

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Hi folks



I am in the process of replacing the rotors (pitted and rusted) in the back of my 2016 HRV.

I did the same on my wife's 2015 BMW X3 and the process seems to be the same even the torx bit is the same size.
People at the forums had complains that teh got warnings and the emergency brake would not engage but I did mine and i had no issues whatsoever.

It has been like 3 weeks and the car is working fine.


I have the rotors and pads on order and I will be doing it myself. FYI here is my rear right rotor pitted and all rusted:


Regards


Nick
Let us know how it goes.
 

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Hi folks



I am in the process of replacing the rotors (pitted and rusted) in the back of my 2016 HRV.

I did the same on my wife's 2015 BMW X3 and the process seems to be the same even the torx bit is the same size.
People at the forums had complains that teh got warnings and the emergency brake would not engage but I did mine and i had no issues whatsoever.

It has been like 3 weeks and the car is working fine.


I have the rotors and pads on order and I will be doing it myself. FYI here is my rear right rotor pitted and all rusted:


Regards


Nick
**** do you have a seized or sticking caliper? My rotors at 60k miles in Wisconsin look brand new still
 

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Rear Pads and Rotor replacement process

I replaced my back brake pads and rotors this morning with aftermarket Powerstop kit K7340.

A few pointers:

The release tab on the electric break coupling is simply pushed back with you thumb to release the connector (see photo).

When using the T-45 Torx to back off the pressure on the caliper piston, turn it clockwise like your tightening it (see photo).

I used a ratchet with ¼ “ socket and a T-30 Torx to remove the electric motor with ease, this gives you way more torque and control than a driver handle with the Torx.

Removing the brake line retaining bolt allows the entire caliper to rest safe on the floor with no strain at all on the break line…made it real simple to work on the electric motor removal.

Here are the bolt sizes and torque levels.

19 mm lugs nuts 80 ft/lb
12 mm bolt for brake line holder
13 mm flange bolts 26 ft/lb while holding caliper pins with 17 mm open end wrench
17 mm Caliper bracket bolts 80 ft/lb

Loosening the old rotors off the hubs was done using two 8 x 1.25 mm bolts turned 90 degrees (see photo).

The philips head screw that holds on the rotor was loosened with an impact driver then ratchet with philips head from the impact driver.

There is no need to do any sort of maintenance mode anything. After your all done pump brakes a bit to get pistons back out.

Activate the electric parking brake (it will wind out longer than typical). Then (with engine running) cycle the electric brake twice, light on dash goes off and everything is back to normal.
 

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