Please tell me if these models are known for premature wear on the brake pads. I've been driving for more years than I want to think about, and have never had this problem on any other car. I'm not "hard" on brakes, and seldom have had to replace the pads on any car before the "life of the pad" was up. Now, since I've had this 2005 Honda (bought new), I go through pads like crazy. It seems I'm replacing them every time I turn around. My driving style is no different, and I'm careful to keep a good stopping distance in front of me. Can you give me a clue as to why this keeps happening? I'm fixing them AGAIN tomorrow. I've had the car for less than 4 years, ans (although I haven't kept a close count) this will be at least the 4th or 5th time I'm replacing the *d__n* brake pads!
Granted, I have a high-mileage commute, but this won't be the first time for that, and it IS the first time for this darn brake pad problem.
Plus, you can save me from my guy, who keeps insisting that I'm "just hard on brakes". This is NOT the case. Help!!!
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You need to remove the front wheels and check for any signs of extreme pad wear on both sides, heat buildup, try turning each wheel by hand while off the ground, and look for any loose hardware nut bolts etc.
Whenever you have new brake pads put on it is best to have the rotors cut. Otherwise they can shudder or grab or any number of things. If the vehicle is pulling to one side or another it could be a frozen caliper. Calipers should always be replaced in pairs. As with all brake work, anything done to one side absolutely needs to be done to the other. Always purchase medium grade brake pads and shoes. Premium pads and shoes are almost always too agressive for any rotor to withstand and will generate excessive heat and premature wear. If your brakes seem like they arent releasing it is most likely the calipers.
Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler minivans are notorious for poor longevity of the front brake pads. Also, the low friction material "squeel" tabs are none to brake off or just not do the job they are meant to do. That is why people end up haveing to replace their rotors. I am an ASE certified mechanic with just under 15 years of experience. I tell all my customers with Chrysler minivan products to have their brakes at least once a year to avoid costly repair bills. If you can catch your brake pads before they start grinding into the rotors that's an expense everyone can afford to not have.
What it sounds like is you have very poor quality pads on the car. The subject of brake pads can go on for days. If it was me I would buy a top of the line name brand pads , if the rotors can be turned the turn them or replace them. Also struts and shocks that are old affect the brakes and stopping distance. I think someone has just sold you poor quality brakes. and if your rotors are warpped this will cause the wiggle you feel when stopping.
I work for a brake repair shop and trust me you are not alone.Enterprise and alot of other people bought the same van and had the same trouble.I hate to say but it doesnt stop there.About every 14 to 15 thousand miles you have to replace the front pads.As of now they dont have an upgrade,for instance ceramic pads, but I am sure they will very soon
If the pads are not wearing equally, u have a caliper problem. What is happening is the caliper isn't completely releasing when u take your foot off the brake (it's dragging). When u see this, u should either rebuild the caliper, or buy and install a new or rebuilt unit. Whenever replacing pads or shoes, flush out the brake lines. Contaminated brake fluid is the usual reason for caliper failure, resulting in premature brake wear. Also clean up the caliper points of contact and use special brake grease to lube calipers.
Those models had very soft pads because customers were whining about brake squeaks. Honda's answer was to put on soft pads that wear out quickly. DUH! If you can find some by VGX- they work great and are quiet also. Good luck!