Honda pads start out at around 10-12mm on average for new pads depending on if they are front or rear. For you to have 6mm remaining after 9,000miles/14,458kms does seem a bit premature, but I think we'd have to see the condition of your rotor and caliper brackets before making any determination as to if you are the victim of hungry flat rate techs :lol:.I recently had my 2007 Element EX serviced at the local dealer. The service tech found the outboard surface of my passenger-side rear rotor to be corroding, causing rapid pad wear (outside pad is 3mm vs. 6mm for inside pad). Opposite rear rotor is fine at 6mm, both sides. The car has only 9,000 miles on it.
They gave me an estimate of $330 to turn the rotor and replace the pads, explaining it was not covered under warranty b/c they chalk it up to "environmental conditions". I live in Hawaii, so there's no road salt, and not enough salty air where my car is compared to other places. How can this be environmental if the problem exists on only ONE surface of ONE rotor? I feel like I'm getting taken for a ride (no pun intended). I'm no mechanic, but doesn't this sound like a caliper/slider problem?
I called American Honda. They were neither technical nor helpful, and said there's nothing they can do. There seems to be no appeal process for this. This is the first time I have had a problem there. I have two 2007 Hondas purchased from said dealer.
Something about this whole thing is tweaking my BS meter...
I know when I have serviced brakes at work, I've seen uneven wear from side-to-side but it is normally caused by lack of service and/or pads being seized in the brackets and held against the rotor surface. Severe uneven pad wear from side-to-side might see a faulty caliper as suspect, or having the pistone groove orientation set improperly on calipers with the parking brake mechanism built into the caliper itself.
I work at a dealership and I know we have had several CRVs and the odd Element with faulty rear calipers which cause premature wear on one pad only. But it is tough to say without actually looking at the parts themselves to see what condition they are in. Hopefully you can get the problem straightened out soon man.