Honda Odyssey Discs, Rotors, and Hardware
One of the most important safety features of your Honda Odyssey is its brakes. Keeping them in good condition can mean periodic replacement of the Honda Odyssey discs, rotors, and hardware like brake pads and fasteners. You can find the right rotors and other parts for your Odyssey’s brakes if you learn more about them.What are discs and rotors?
Discs and rotors are names that refer to the same part. Automobile brakes slow down and stop a vehicle’s wheels by clamping down on each rotor with a brake pad. The friction that results slows down your Odyssey. The rotors are fixed to the wheels and spin with them while the brake pads are actuated separately with calipers. Unlike the pads, which are made of a softer material, the rotors are harder, but still do wear out slowly from the friction. They can develop grooves that prevent the pads from achieving full contact.What types of rotors can be put on an Odyssey?
There are a couple varieties of rotors and hardware to choose from for the Honda Odyssey model minivan, depending on how you use it.
- Standard: Also known as original equipment manufacturer, or OEM parts, the rotors that come standard with the Odyssey are adequate for normal driving conditions.
- High performance: If you put your Odyssey to the test by towing heavy loads or braking frequently on uneven roads, you may want to consider upgrading to high-performance rotors. These are rotors that have been designed to withstand intense heat loads. Some are designed to allow more air flow through them with slots or drilled-hole patterns. Others use a two-piece design to handle more heat.
A Honda's brakes need regular inspection and maintenance because they naturally wear out with use. Here are some of the most common signs that they need attention:
- Squeaking: Your Honda's brake pads are designed to begin squeaking when they are reaching the end of their usefulness. If stopping causes squeaking or squealing noises, inspect your vehicle's brakes to see which ones need maintenance.
- Grinding: When the squeaking turns into grinding, it’s time to stop driving the Odyssey until you can have it repaired. A grinding sound indicates that the brake pads have worn away and the calipers are hitting the rotors. This will cause costly damage if you continue driving it, and the brakes may fail completely.
- Wobbling: If the rotors on the minivan become seriously worn, the brake pads may not be able to clamp onto them completely. The excessive play can then cause the minivan to wobble or shimmy when coming to a stop.