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My dealer informed me my 2003 Element needs new rear pads. They wrote 1.5mm. I looked at the the pads through the wheel this morning and there seems to be plenty of wear left, more than 1.5mm. I got a ruler out, stuck it though the wheel and there appears to be about 5mm of pad before the plate.

See the photo. Unless the pad on the other side is worn down to 1.5mm I dont' believe I need to replace these pads. The pad is the orange part. I can clearly see where it contacts the pad back plate.

I'm beginning to loose trust in David McDavid Honda in Frisco, Tx. They wanted $99 to replace the cabin air filter. I told them the procedure is in the owners manual and it takes less than 5 minutes to replace the filters. I'm going to look for an independent shop.

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My dealer informed me my 2003 Element needs new rear pads. They wrote 1.5mm. I looked at the the pads through the wheel this morning and there seems to be plenty of wear left, more than 1.5mm. I got a ruler out, stuck it though the wheel and there appears to be about 5mm of pad before the plate.

See the photo. Unless the pad on the other side is worn down to 1.5mm I dont' believe I need to replace these pads. The pad is the orange part. I can clearly see where it contacts the pad back plate.

I'm beginning to loose trust in David McDavid Honda in Frisco, Tx. They wanted $99 to replace the cabin air filter. I told them the procedure is in the owners manual and it takes less than 5 minutes to replace the filters. I'm going to look for an independent shop.

Kelvin

How much is left of the inner pad?
 

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The outer or secondary pad will always have more meat on them then the inner or primary pad, sometimes double as much. A dealer will not lie about such things, if you doubt them ask for your old parts back since of course they are yours. The liability of such things is no laughing matter, in fact when I was in the business we would not allow people to drive vehicles in sad states of repair off the lot and insisted upon them being towed to limit any liability as such.
I would be more inclined to say that a Midas or Firestone would lie then a dealer.
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Serious business when it comes to brakes.. If you have any second thoughts, its better to get a second opinion or even a third from other certified mechanics.. as far as the interior cabin air filters go, they are real easy to install yourself and save your money for stuff like brakes. good luck
 
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