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Right rear pad and worse

At 35,000 miles RR caliper stuck. Had it fixed. 1 1/2 yrs later (50000 mi) starting hearing a grinding noise in rear brakes. Took it in to get pads replaced. Was told discs, pads all 4 shot. Service tech asked "does this car sit a lot" because everything was so badly rusted. !!!!!! We use it every day. $1000 later ALL pads/discs ect replaced.. Honda's got a problem and oddly it seems it starts w/ the right rear brake... Seems Honda wasn't designed for salt/snow in quantity. Quite annoying
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The problem described here indicates that you may have the AWD (full time 4WD) drivetrain of the 2003 Element.

It is normal to have 1 side of the vehicle to have increased wear due to the transmission differential, that allows your vehicle's wheels to move at different speeds from the others (turning, inclines, etc.)

Your brake pads really need constant inspection and possible replacement (approx 5,000 miles) with everyday driving, and is really a consumable item like your fuel.

You will find that it is much cheaper to replace the brake pad/lining of your disc brakes than grinding down the supposedly shiny discs that slow down your vehicle.

RE: salt/snow, you can improve your discs' longevity by rinsing them out with warm water after being driven in extreme conditions.

Hope this helps.

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