2003 Accord Brake Pad Minimums

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Dick, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Dick

    Dick Guest

    I have a 2003 Accord EX V-6 with 64,000 miles. Took it in for service
    today and the dealer reported the rear pads to be 8 mm, and the front
    pads 7 mm on the left, and 5 mm on the right. They said the rears
    were at the minimum and needed to be replaced right away, and the
    fronts could wait a while. I don't have a service manual. Are the
    minimums for the rear pads greater than minimums for the front pads?
    Seems strange.

    Dick, Dec 12, 2007
  2. Dick

    johngdole Guest

    They should be about 1/16" or 1-2 mm min for bonded pads for most
    cars, front or rear. But for me by 3mm is ok to replace. I'd think 8mm
    in the rear are nearly new pads.

    Looks like you have uneven wear (sticking caliper pins?) up front, if
    they measured it correctly.

    Your dealer smells fishy.
    johngdole, Dec 13, 2007
  3. Looking at the service records on my '04, 2mm appears to be when they need
    to be replaced. One time mine were recorded at 7mm, another time 6mm, and
    the service people never recommended replacement. No, your 8mm pads have a
    long way to go before they need to be replaced. 8mm is almost 1/3 inch!
    Howard Lester, Dec 13, 2007
  4. Dick

    M.Paul Guest

    Word is that some of the dealerships (at least in my area) are now paying
    commission to the service advisors. They will recommend that you replace
    brakes, tires, etc., when often there's actually quite a bit of part life
    M.Paul, Dec 13, 2007
  5. My 2000 Accord DX (90k km - 54k miles) is still on original pads/rear shoes
    (car is serviced regularly at dealer). At last service this week, front
    pads were down to 2.5mm; I was told that they will replace at 2mm (next
    spring in all liklihood). Guess I'm lucky - an honest dealer. Perhaps I'm
    paying more overall, but always get a straight answer and no BS (and a very
    reliable car - still love it after 8 years!)
    Cameron Tilson, Dec 13, 2007
  6. Dick

    johngdole Guest

    No wonder mechanics in general have a bad rap and rank just above
    lawyers in terms of trustworthiness.
    johngdole, Dec 14, 2007
  7. Dick

    johngdole Guest

    The old Nissin OEM pads were good for about 40-50K miles. The new
    Findlex (?) seems to last quite a bit longer. But I always just put
    Akebonos aftermarkets on the cars I touch, I know these should
    typically clock 80-90K miles in normal driving in light weight
    johngdole, Dec 14, 2007
  8. Dick

    mrdancer Guest

    I've got 107k on my '02 Accord coupe and the pads still have well over half
    of their thickness left. However, it is a 5-spd. (I use engine braking a
    lot) and most of the miles are highway.
    mrdancer, Dec 16, 2007
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