2005 Honda Civic - rear brakes 80% worn after 20,000 miles

Discussion in 'Civic' started by cinerama, Sep 16, 2006.

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    cinerama Guest

    Is this normal? I just brought my Honda Civic in for it's 20,000 mile
    service. I purchased this car 9/7/2005 so, it's only a year old. I
    drive mostly highway. They tell me the front brake pads are at 60% left
    and the rear are at 20% left. I have never had a car that worn the
    brakes so fast. I do very little city driving.


    cinerama, Sep 16, 2006
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    Elle Guest

    Are you sure the shop did not reverse the wear findings,
    and, in fact, it is the fronts that are worn more? Which
    Civic do you have? I see the LX has brake pads in front and
    brake shoes in the wear. Brake shoes do not wear quickly at
    all. So what you report would be particularly surprising.

    Honda brake pads OTOH are known to wear quickly. But they
    also are less noisy, less dusty, and are less likely to
    overly wear the brake rotors than aftermarket pads.
    Elle, Sep 16, 2006
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    cinerama Guest

    I have a Civic LX. It's type written.
    cinerama, Sep 16, 2006
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    ottguit Guest

    I hope you're no driving with the left foot on the brake, if you brake
    with Left foot, that might be the problem, keep the foot away from the
    ottguit, Sep 16, 2006
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    Elle Guest

    Get a second opinion. Any brake shop will do. Just don't let
    them re-line the brakes (= new pads in fronts, new shoes in
    back) unless they use OEM.

    Or, if you're a little handy, you can go measure what are
    called the "brake linings" (in your Civic's case, pads in
    front, shoes in rear) yourself.

    For the rears, this amount of wear in this amount of time is
    Elle, Sep 17, 2006
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    Earle Horton Guest

    I am going on 80,000 miles on my Civic, and just thinking about checking the
    linings for wear. The only thing I know that would wear rear brakes that
    fast is leaving the parking brake on.

    Earle Horton, Sep 18, 2006
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    MishaA Guest

    yep, exactly. driving with parking brake on will do the trick.
    MishaA, Sep 18, 2006
  8. Check to see if it has EBD. If it does it will eat rear brakes for lunch. My
    2005 Accord has it and I'm about 35% left on the rears and 60% on the
    fronts. The best part of EBD is the fact when you brake aggressively the
    front end doesn't nose dive as much as a car without it.
    Shaun Matherly, Sep 18, 2006
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    cinerama Guest

    No, I always use my right foot. I had a 1991 Honda Civic DX (that I
    bought new) and the brakes wore out after about 25,000 miles.
    cinerama, Sep 18, 2006

  10. Rear drum brakes on any front disk brake car should go well past 100K...

    Grumpy AuContraire, Sep 18, 2006
  11. "cinerama" wrote
    I, too, had a '91 Civic, and my brakes lasted a lot longer than that. After
    some 20,000 miles on my '04 Accord, my dealer's service man was amazed at
    how much brake pad it still has: "negligible wear." Apparently I brake with
    a light foot, and it's lots of in-town stop and start driving. I suggest
    you, stay conscious of your braking behavior and see if you can "lighten
    up." Maybe you brake with a heavy foot?
    Howard Lester, Sep 18, 2006
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    AZ Nomad Guest

    It depends on how the brakes are sized.
    AZ Nomad, Sep 18, 2006
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    cinerama Guest

    I have not had this problem with other cars I have owned. The brakes
    last at least 50,000 miles on them. I received a phone call from the
    Honda dealer last night asking if the service was OK. I complained
    about the brakes and they said they would forward it to their
    cinerama, Sep 19, 2006
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    Art Guest

    Did they check for a stuck adjuster?
    Art, Sep 20, 2006
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    TeGGeR® Guest

    I *was* going to avoid this one on account of the strong troll odor, but...

    My first and only question: Do you have rear discs or drums?
    TeGGeR®, Sep 20, 2006
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    John M. Guest

    Mine lasted well past 200,000 miles. The first set of pads on the front went at
    about 80,000.

    1993 Civic DX HB AT
    John M., Sep 20, 2006
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    Nobody Guest

    If the adjuster was stuck (not rotating), the brakes would not wear...
    Nobody, Sep 24, 2006
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    Nobody Guest

    All 2005 Civics had rear drums.
    Nobody, Sep 24, 2006
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