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2002 cr v brake pad/rotor issues

My 2002 crv has 85k miles on it and I am being told it needs new rotors and brake pads....for the 3rd time - rear brakes were replaced in 2004, front and rear in 2006 and now Honda is telling me they bneed to be done again....I do basically all highway driving.....cannot believe that it needs brakes AGAIN! Honda has done ALL maintenance on my CRV since the day it was purchased...I think they are the problem...has anyone else had issues like this before??

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I don't see much of a problem here...The only thing I find to be a bit odd is that rears needed service first. Front brakes do about 65-70% of stopping...generally they tend to wear first. Highway stopping and slowing requires just as much force (and wear) due to the fact that instead of slowing a slow moving vehicle, there is quite a bit more energy to dissipate (brakes convert the stored kinetic energy (momentum) of your vehicle in motion into heat...that's how they stop it from moving) It doesn't take much to slow or stop 3,000lbs (+) going slowly, to stop that same load going 70 is a whole different story.
Todays brake materials are superior to what was available years ago (thank you drag racers and NASCAR) But, because of EPA regulations (fuel mileage mandates) the mass of your brake system has been drastically reduced to the point that it's surprising that they last as long as they do. (mass = weight = less mpg) Having a larger caliper and rotor disipate heat far better than a small assembly can. Therefore essentially your brakes are being asked to do more with far less than ever before.
You can "customize" your system by adding ceramic linings and race type rotors, but the added expense may not justify the small longevity and performance benefit. The factory stuff needs to be a compromise in production cost and reliability. As the vehicle owner you are not bound by that compromise.
Getting nearly 30K between brake services is actually fairly decent. You could take the "sting" out of this service by learning how to do this work yourself. Using the best "premium" parts will cost you far less than dealer prices.
So, answering your question, I do not believe that the dealer is doing anything incorrectly, and the parts they are using are likely far better than most "bargain" parts. I also don't feel that there is anything design-wise that is bad in your vehicle, other than the constraints put on manufacturers regarding all vehicles and production cost. So, it's not just yours.
Hope this helps you understand the why of it...
Good luck with your car!!!

Posted on Jul 27, 2009


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