2001 Accord brake pad replacement

skreutzskreutz Member Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Honda
I have a 2001 Accord EX with 35K miles that needs new rear brake pads. The Honda dealership said I need to buy Honda brake pads or they will squeak. He indicated that Honda parts aren't necessary for everything, but that I should always use Honda brake pads and steering wheel fluid. I would prefer to buy brake pads at Autozone as I have in the past because they are cheaper (by about $25). Has anyone had this squeaking problem with non-Honda brake pads? I'd like to save the extra $ but don't want to use the wrong part.


  • tblazer503tblazer503 Member Posts: 620
    Personally, I would get them from Autozone. Don't get the cheap stuff, though... they have a tendancy to squeak. I usually get the non-metallic stuff w/ the lifetime warranty. Most places will have a "non squeak" version.

    I haven't had any problems in the past. Strange that you need rears at 35k, earliest I have ever changed rears is 70k mi. Musta gone through at least a set of fronts already(60/40f/r brake ratio)

    good luck
  • skreutzskreutz Member Posts: 2
    Just bought the car with 28K miles. I was very surprised that it needed new brakes, but dealership told me avg. brake life is only 25-30K miles, which I find hard to believe. Have not replaced front brakes, and do not believe they were replaced before I bought it. Planned on getting the lifetime carbon-metallic brake pads. Glad to hear you agreed. Thanks.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,338
    Buy the Honda pads. You were given good advise.

    A lot of the aftermarket ones will squeal.

    It seems that on the later Accords, they will go through rear pads before the fronts wear out. The rear pads don't come with as much material as the fronts.

    My 99 V-6 coupe needed rear pads at 45,000 miles. I probably could have gone another 5000 miles but I decided to have them replaced since the car was already up in the air.

    The fronts are original and still had 4.5 MM left to the wear indicators. That's about 50%.
  • bburton3bburton3 Member Posts: 185
    front pads and not a squeak yet-but I did buy the anti squeal stuff-kept in ready in case the squeal demon shows up. Looks like I will get about 80K out of the $12 AZ pads, got 113 out of first set of OEM pads-course they cost about 4X the AZ pads.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonMember Posts: 20,338
    You are a prudent driver!

    I'm pretty careful myself but I'll probably need front pads around 60,000 miles.

    Course, there are lots of hills around here too!
  • gslevegsleve Member Posts: 183
    The reason for this is that the rear pads are a made of a composite material which is organic these pads are utilized by the manufacturer because they are less intrusive on the rear rotor due to the fact that these rotors are usually non vented and if you were to use a semi-metallic pad it would cause excessive wear on the rotor, thereby needing a new rotor at every brake pad replacement. I think the mindset was that most of the braking occurs up front, yet if disc brakes are utilized in the rear in order to make this implementation cost effective coupled with perhaps a weight factor, the trade off is non vented rotors and organic pads these being replaced sooner than front pads.
  • mikek37mikek37 Member Posts: 411
    What do you mean by "Vented"?
  • bburton3bburton3 Member Posts: 185
    Seems strange to me they generally wear out so much quicker than front pads-those I have worked on had much thinner pads-wonder if the engineers ever think about designing them to wear out at about the same time. Will probably get at least 200K out of my rear brake shoes-now why would I want rear pads if I have to replace them every 50K or so??? And rear disc brakes are supposedly an upgrade-hmmmmm.
  • tblazer503tblazer503 Member Posts: 620
    They don't get affected as much as drums in foul weather, and are much easier to change than shoes..
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastMember Posts: 1,712
    I know it sounds like a sales pitch, but Hondas are finicky cars and to use less than Honda parts is asking for troubles.
    Very few aftermarket parts will meet the quality of certain OEMs.
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