Had my 2004 Accord EX4 sedan in for 20k mile service (oil change and
lots of checkups, as I recall), and the dealer said the front brakes
were fine, but the *rear* brakes needed replacement. I just said yes.
In retrospect, isn't that odd, that the back brakes were gone so
early? Should I have raised a question if anything was wrong, or if
they should even be replaced under warranty (was like $175 at dealer
prices, IIRC). It's been 95% LA freeway driving the last six months,
not very aggressive, hey it's an EX4!
My mechanic (former Honda Tech) says the rear disc brakes on all Hondas
are prone to early wear. Must be cleaned and lubed with silicone at
yearly intervals regardless of miles driven.
He also said the rear drum brakes like I have on my LX are bullet
That does sound awful odd, I have a 98 ex 6 and replaced all pads at the
same time at 50k and 85k, something is not set right or the "dealer" might
have pulled a scam on you.
I also do alot of stop and go driving with a couple of 5-6k trips.
I made it to 28k miles on my Accord before the rear pads were completely
It seems to me that Honda has skimped on either the size of the rear
pads or their thickness. The rear pads have about 1/2 the surface area
of the front pads and about 1/2 of the material thickness when new.
So, even though the rear brakes don't work as hard as the fronts, there
appears to be so little pad material to work with that they wear out
My Accord is the first vehicle I have ever owned where the rear brakes
wore out so quickly. To me it isn't a big deal as I do my own repairs
and the replacement pad set only cost me around $30. I would be mighty
annoyed if I had to pay a dealer $175 every 20k miles for new rear brake
I didn't know that. Wouldn't you think they'd try to standardize on
the pads, even if the disks in back were smaller? Nah, ...
I will definitely raise a stink about it at the dealer if/when it
happens again. OTOH, I only have a three year lease and my practice
is to trade it in for a new one at that time, so I may not see the
Thanks for the info!
Hey, Honda, what were ya thinking?
ps - thought: are there any aftermarket replacement pads that might be
Pads may be guaranteed/warrantied for life, but then that generally
translates to simply harder pads. Meaning they're going to wear the rotor
more quickly. Replacing rotors (when done the right way) is expensive.
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