honda brake pads(disc brakes) vs. other premium pads

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Stempis Rhubank, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. I'm about to replace my front disc pads on my Honda CrV 99'.

    Is there a qualitative difference between a 'Known Top of the Line'
    Premium brand versus the Honda OEM Brake Pads.

    I've heard Honda is good, just don't know if their competitors make
    an equal , better or lesser product at the High End???

    BTW, I've gotten 60K miles off these pads on a manual transmission
    -- downshifting lightens the braking load.
    So I've done well with the Honda OEM pads!!

    My beer drinking friend across the street who can barely change his
    own oil and has the Dealer do all his maintenance and repairs has
    already told me to
    stick with the Dealer Honda pads.

    --- so that exact tidbit of knowledge
    based upon really no experience, and TV/Advertising influenced
    Consumer Sentiment has already been given.
    Stempis Rhubank, Oct 19, 2003
  2. At one point I had replaced the pads on my 2000 Odyssey with
    aftermarket pads. After about a year of trying to quiet the grinding
    and squealing, I gave in and bought the Honda pads. I got them from (888-894-6632) and they didn't cost me much more than
    aftermarket. They came with the anti-vibration shims and grease to
    put on the back.

    The new pads do not make noise. I've been really happy with them and
    (as long as is around) I will likely never buy after market
    pads again.

    Randy Crowder, Oct 22, 2003
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    Tegger® Guest

    (Randy Crowder) melodiously murmured in

    Hear hear! Aftermarket sucks large.

    Note to Canadian readers, Honda Canada does NOT supply shims or grease with
    the pads. They must be purchased separately.
    Tegger®, Oct 22, 2003
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    Gus Guest

    If goes belly up, you can always try
    Gus, Oct 23, 2003
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    Mr. Speck Guest

    I replaced my front brake pads a few years back on my Honda Civic '95
    DX with the cheapest autozone pads. They gave me the anti-squeal
    compound too-- and it's worked fine. I guess that was 3 years back--
    they've still got a bit left in them and there's been no squeal or
    anything. (although recently i've started hearing the faintest of
    squeals but i think it may be my rear drum brakes-- haven't looked at
    them in the 5 years i've had the car)
    -mr speck.
    Mr. Speck, Oct 23, 2003
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    Daniel Guest


    I purchased Odyssey 2002 front brake pads at a Honda dealer in Montreal last
    summer: shims and grease were included in the box.
    Daniel, Oct 24, 2003
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    Tegger® Guest

    Must be brand-new then. Every single set of OEM pads I've ever bought in
    twelve years for my '91 'Teg has come bare-bones. Pads only. Nothing else.
    Shims are about ten bucks each.
    Tegger®, Oct 24, 2003
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    dc Guest

    I bought Honda front pads for a 95 Civic, and they also came with
    shims and grease.
    dc, Oct 24, 2003
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    Tegger® Guest

    But when did you buy them?
    Tegger®, Oct 24, 2003
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    Tegger® Guest

    Just talked to the parts guy at the local Acura dealership. He says that
    some models come with shims/grease and some don't. My '91 Integra just
    happens to be one of those that doesn't. Some models originally had them,
    but they were eventually removed to lower the cost of the pad set.
    Tegger®, Oct 24, 2003
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    Bror Jace Guest

    I used to sell brakes (Cantex/Mintex) and they always perplexed me.
    I've seen people with an application swear up and down that a given
    set of pads of ours was absolutely no good ... then another customer
    200+ miles away swear that our same product in the same application
    was fantastic. Go figure.

    In general, I stay away from the cheap grades. Even if you get lucky
    and they don't squeal, they are much more likely to wear out
    prematurely or be very prone to fade.

    If you are going to use pads from a brand like Wagner or EIS, please
    use their best grade ONLY. I used Spectra Premium from Ferodo ... OK.
    Quiet, long lasting but prone to fade.

    When ordering parts for my Honda cars, I used

    --- Bror Jace
    Bror Jace, Oct 27, 2003
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