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I had my scheduled oil change done at 30,000 miles and my Honda dealer said my front brakes are at 15%. There is no noise and no signs of brake wear from driving yet. I will have to them done at some point soon before I wear them down too much. My Honda dealer wants about $200 for the front brakes. Should I suck it up and go with them, or go to a chain like Midas or Meineke? What have others done? Who should I go to?
 

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If the rotors aren't scored, buy the front brake kit and do it yourself. Save $150.
 

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you really need front breaks at 30,000? I'm at 75,000 and am just now getting to the point of replacing them, but I do 98% highway driving.
I've done the rear pads in the past and they are not that complicated. I plan on doing the front breaks on the 20th. I'll let you know how it goes.:D
 

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30K brake pad replacements either mean you are a rougher driver with a lot of HARD breaking, you ride the brakes with a light load like they are going out of style, or the master cylinder or ABS module are putting all breaks to the front of the car and not distributing 70-30 as they should (70-30 is a guess, the ratio may be different for the E).

For the price they want for the front pads I would consider pulling the rotors and having them turned for $10 each and then spending $80 for some high performance lifetime brake pads. You come out at half the cost and it's the last time you buy brake pads not to mention your car will be able to stop better.
 

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Pull a front wheel, turn the steering wheel all the way the "other" way and shoot us a picture of the pads remaining. Not hard to see at all.

Mine have 90k miles plus on them and still look good, as do the rear, though the MT and our type of driving may have a lot to do with that.
 

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30K brake pad replacements either mean you are a rougher driver with a lot of HARD breaking, you ride the brakes with a light load like they are going out of style, or the master cylinder or ABS module are putting all breaks to the front of the car and not distributing 70-30 as they should (70-30 is a guess, the ratio may be different for the E).

For the price they want for the front pads I would consider pulling the rotors and having them turned for $10 each and then spending $80 for some high performance lifetime brake pads. You come out at half the cost and it's the last time you buy brake pads not to mention your car will be able to stop better.
Yep, I can't believe I need them at 30k. I even consider myself to be a light-footed driver, especially since I always have my 7 year old with me. I'm wondering if I need to get a second opinion.
 

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I just recently replaced mine at about 65K. They weren't worn out, but the rotors were warped and I just was sick of it. There should be no way your brakes are shot at 30k
 

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Last time I was at the dealer, I was sitting in the waiting room for an hour and a half (oil change and tire rotation) and EVERY time the service advisor called a customer out of the waiting room to tell them their car was ready and give them the lowdown on work performed, they said 'your brakes are going to need replacing soon'. I was told the same thing at 36k... :rolleyes:
 

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if you are just looking at the pads to see how much meat is left, make SURE to check the inside pad and the outside pad. They don't always wear evenly. 30k brake replacement could indicate that the slide pins weren't properly lubricated and ended up wearing one pad more than the other.
 

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Do Element have "schreeeeehers" when pads are getting low?
Ditto, the factory pads do have low pad warning indicators.

I agree with the second (and third) opinion suggestion.

If the car has always been in Las Vegas, it's highly doubtful the pads are even remotely close to needing replacing.
 

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Ditto, the factory pads do have low pad warning indicators.

I agree with the second (and third) opinion suggestion.

If the car has always been in Las Vegas, it's highly doubtful the pads are even remotely close to needing replacing.
Yep, it has always been in Vegas. I really think they are just trying to make some extra cash. I know someone with a lift so I'm going to pop off a tire next week and take a look. I'll let everyone know what I find. If the brakes are fine, I'm going to have a little talk with my dealership.
 
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