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Driver side break rotor sever wear and vas light on? well

Customer Question

driver side break rotor sever wear and vas light on?
JA: Have you checked the brake fluid? How's the level and when was it last changed?
Customer: well above the min level but below the max line.
JA: What year is your MINI?
Customer: 2011
JA: Are you fixing your MINI yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: i don't know if i can. i was going to take the tire off and look at the breaks. happened yesterday.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: breaks do seem to grab at different frequencies when breaking... it has the symptoms like the alignment is out. only happens when breaking. that has been like that for some time.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Jared D replied 9 months ago.

Good morning,

What make and model is your car? Something got mixed up and it's showing a Honda Mini?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
2011 honda odyssey.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
the malfunction indicator lamp also came on. happened after we got gas so i don't believe they are related. i just check and both are on.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
just took the tire off and outside pad is wasted... inside pad is healthy, know were close to wear indicator tab!!
Expert:  Jared D replied 9 months ago.

If one pad is worn more than the other that usually indicates a problem with the caliper or the caliper slides. If the outside pad is more worn then that means the slides weren't properly lubricated when the brake pads were installed, or the slides were bent in the replacement process. I've seen techs bend them by using the wrong tool to compress the caliper piston upon replacement.

If the pad is so badly worn that there was a lot of metal generated then it's very possible that the error light you are getting is because of the metal interfering with the speed sensor on that wheel.

Do you plan to fix it yourself?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
the caliper where the two attach bolts (with rubber boots) does slide in and out. is that what you are referring too? i am going to buy the front pads. not sure what to inspect on the caliper or slides...
Expert:  Jared D replied 9 months ago.

Check to make sure those slides are straight and greased, but not so much grease that they can't slide inside the caliper openings.

Then make sure the little rubber sleeve on the slide (sometimes on one, sometimes on both) isn't torn or damaged.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
i changed the front pads. the vas light and malfunction lamp light did not go out. not sure how to reset. my worries is the vsa system. don't know how long i need to wait to see if the lights stay on or if they are related.
Expert:  Jared D replied 9 months ago.

When you changed the pads did you remove the wheel speed sensor and look for metal filings? It's mounted in the hub and has a magnet on it so it tends to collect metal.

If the speed sensor looks ok then you should try disconnecting the battery for about 5 minutes (make sure you know the radio security code) and it will clear the codes out. If they set again right away then you will need to figure out what is triggering the fault. This can be done with a scan tool.