I'm after some advice as I'm a novice when it comes to car
maintenance. I have a 2004 Honda Accord 2.2 I-CDTI Exec and I got the
car serviced in Jan 05 at 12,500 miles. Whilst it was at my local
Honda dealer I was informed that my brake pads and discs where 70%
worn and needed to be replaced, front and rear. The small sum for this
would be £675 UK pounds. I was shocked to say the least and told them
that I would continue to use the car until they where 95% worn. I have
the car today on 21,000 miles and the original brakes are fine, but
how can I check how long they have left as I have zero trust with what
my dealer has been telling me. Also how long should I expect to change
my brake pads and discs?
How long is a piece of string? How fast your pads wear depends upon
your driving style and the types of road you drive down. I hardly put
any wear on mine because I hardly need to use the brakes..mainly rural
A roads with plenty of slowing down on engine braking.
The only way to judge the discs accurately is to measure their
thickness with calipers and a micrometer and check it against
manufacturers recommended tolerance.
Oh, and £675 is a rip off. Take it to any non francised garage for
replacement discs/pads as its not really a complicated job.
"Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most." O.Osbourne.
Don't know how different the current vintage Accord brakes are to my 1994
Prelude, but my brother changed the front discs and pads on the Prelude this
weekend and it took him 1 1/2 hours tops.
Parts cost was about £80 from http://www.brakeparts.co.uk .
Only problem was that the pad springs in the fitting kit didn't fit, so had
to reuse the old ones.
My 96 Accord still has the original discs on at 120k. If your discs are
really more than 75% worn then there's either something wrong with your
brakes or something wrong with the way you use them! Pads is another
matter of course.
Do you have a branch of Protyre near you? http://www.protyre.co.uk /
They have always been happy to do a brake check for me and they've
always come in cheaper than anywhere else I know in the SW for
brakes (and exhausts for that matter). You could ring them for a quote
Aside: I still haven't found anywhere other than Honda who are prepared
to change the discs on my 96 Accord Wagon. The discs are the top-hat
type where the disc is behind the wheel hub. Apparently the rather
physical process of dismantling this usually results in the wheel bearing
being destroyed and an unhappy customer with a bigger bill. There is an
alternative method for these Accords (http://tinyurl.com/2bbye 182k PDF)
but most garages aren't interested in anything other than whacking it hard
with a slide hammer. I would hope that Honda resolved this issue by the
time your Accord came out!
That does sound a bit steep. They often need replacing around 20-25k
though. However, it's usually only the rear discs that need doing.
Where are you located? If you're near the NE I will be able to help on
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As long as a piece of string. I can get 40k out of a set of pads without
trying hard 'cos I don't often use the brakes. I know people in the same
car who can't get 15k because they use them a lot.
Discs are very variable but don't seem to last as long these days
because of changed pad compounds and heavier cars.
As for the cost - outrageous. Have a look at http://www.brakeparts.co.uk /
Parts for the front appear to be under £100 a bit less for the rear -
though I'm not sure exactly which model yours is. Don't assume that
because they don't list one they don't do it - email them and they're
Honda prices can be rather shocking it has to be said, I've had occasion to
need parts for honda power equipment ie mowers and small generators and i
seem to remember the price for the 10 kw3 cylinder diesel genset oil, oil
filter and air filter kit was nearly £400.00 list!
other expamples of honda pricing are a very cheap and nasty box type plug
spanner listed at about 10.00 quid plus another 9 for the T bar handle! With
this we are talking kit you'd see down the pound shop!
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