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My wife and I have a 2009 Element ex with 40k miles. Most of our mileage, perhaps more than 3/4 was acquired during lost distance highway jaunts. When we took the car in for the latest oil change, the techs informed us that needed new rear brake pads.

In my experience it's always the front pads that wear faster, and 40k is pretty early for new rear pad service.

So what gives? Is this normal? If not, what should I be asking the service center? Thanks.
 

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Reports on rear-brake wear have been all over the map, ranging from 20K to 100K. Depends on location, driving habits, and of course whether the system is working properly. Most common problem is caliper slider pins sticking, which causes the pad on one side of the rotor to wear faster.

This is a heavily discussed topic. Search term "brake" returns these relevant threads, among others:

http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70336
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70553
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70350
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70597
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57134
 

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This past weekend , I took my 08 accord coupe EX-L in for the yearly inspection , was told the rear pads , needed replacing .... 30k , it passed and I have yet to visually inspect myself , but sheez .......
 

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I needed new rear pads and rotors at 30,000 miles which royally made my day. From looking around this forum, it really is a common problem with the slide pins sticking.
 

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My rear pads had to be replaced close to 50,000 miles. The pads had life but they were worn. I left the rotors on. They looked fine. No problems since.
 

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Also discussed at length on the forums: shady repair shops who know how to spot a sucker when they walk in the door :grin:

I'm not saying you're dealing with a less than reputable shop, just suggesting you get down next to the rear wheels and have a look at the pads yourself. Pulling the wheels off is even better. 40k isn't unheard of for brake pad replacement.

Replacing brake pads isn't a hard DIY job, rears can be done in 60-90 minutes by a moderately capable handyman with a couple breaks for carbonated barley beverages :razz:. And if you do it yourself, you can pull back the boots on the slider pins and grease them up really well, along with the rails the pads sit in. The biggest upside is of course the cost. Rear pads should cost $40-$50 compared to $200+ for a shop to do it for you. That's a lot of carbonated barley beverage money!

I did my pads all around at about 55k and greased all the pins with a high quality compound and was surprised at how much the OEM grease had broken down.
 

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The accord had a class action settlement on the rear brakes, http://www.girardgibbs.com/hondabrakes.asp

PS, I've got an 08 EX-L V6 6sp
It figures , just paid off this vehicle in august ..... I'm not having much luck lately ...... wipers , now rear brakes .....

Thanks for the heads up , will replace and try to submit claim form . I have the auto ..... V6 EX-L

Just another reason why this site is awesome !!!!! The info ..... thanks
 

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I just traded away my '04 F150 Supercrew. At about 45k I had my first break service done. Couldn't believe it, the rear brake pads and rotors had to be replaced. It was done at a garage that I trust too. The mechanic agreed that the pads had not gone completely out. As in, I had not ground the rotors down. But they needed to be replaced and the rotors were found to be warped.

The truck model was relatively new then, and there weren't any after market rotors available yet. So the replacements cost a LOT. I think the full service was about $1200 ONLY FOR THE REAR!

Odd thing is, I never again replaced pads front or rear on that truck. For the last 3 years, once a year I'd take it to Ford to have them give it the once over. Each time the report would come back that the pads still had life on them. So when I traded, I had almost 140k on the front pads, and 95k on the back.

I paid Honda to inspect my E just before I bought it. I specifically requested that they carefully inspect and lubricate the calipers as I already knew that this was a common problem.

Time will tell I suppose.

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Most of the pads you buy nowadays at the parts store are warranted for life. Just hang onto your receipt. I put pads on my old Explorer before passing it on to my son. After another 100,000 miles, they were worn out. He took the receipt to the parts store. They sold him a new set and told him to bring the old ones back after he changed them out and they gave him a refund. He just put in a rebuilt engine at 240,000 miles, so He's probably going to wear out another set or two before the truck goes to the graveyard.
 
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