Class action lawsuit for premature rear brake pad wear does not apply to our car as we are easy on brakes and even though the pads will need replacing at around 40,000 miles everything is relative as some people got less than half that. To the best of my recollection neither my wife(the car in question is hers) or I have never required brake pad replacement at less than a hundred miles, my Toyota Camry had 116,000 when I traded it and it only had the rear brakes dusted, nothing to front brakes.
Anyway my questions;
Supposedly Honda has redesigned the pad so I am wondering if I should go with it or an after-market pad, and if after-market, which one?
The dealer always reconditions the rotors and is $20 cheaper than a very highly reviewed(Angie’s List) independent shop for the total job but the independent shop says the rotors will be analyzed by them and determined whether they need reconditioning which could save money obviously. Should I go with them or the Dealer and just bite the bullet.
My neighbor is a car guy and says that the Honda dealer has a machine that reconditions the rotors without removal from the car and is more accurate. Is this true or would the independent do the same high quality?
Do I need to specify Honda brake fluid if I have the independent shop do the job as I plan to have the brake fluid changed at the same time (4 years old). Maintenance Minder does not cover the brake fluid maintenance and you have to read the fine print in the Owners’ Manual to discover this. Apparently the dealer follows Honda’s manual and recommends change at 3 years or 45,000 miles whichever is longer. Since the car is 4 years old and only 32,000 miles it had not been done to my disappointment as time seems to be the important factor?