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Old 05-08-10, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Changing brakes on a 2005 MDX

How much should it cost to change the brake pads and rotors on an MDX? It's been 100,000 km, so I am assuming I would need to change the front and the back. The estimate I got from the dealer is 1200... I'm guessing this is way too much.
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Old 05-08-10, 04:33 PM   #2
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It sounds like the dealer was going to replace all your pads, all your rotors, rebuilt your calipers, change the fluid, etc.

I just finished putting front rotors and ceramic pads on my 2003. Old rotors were a bit warped. The new rotors were $40 each and the pads were $65. I did the back pads last fall, they were $45.

People go overboard when they do their brakes. Unless you are having problems I would just drop in a new set of pads and be done with it.
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Old 05-11-10, 01:18 AM   #3
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It costs whatever they charge. Dealers have high labor rates. Go get quotes from other brake shops.
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This job is pretty DIY-able. I actually did this exact job for a customer not too long ago. The customer just wanted some OEM replacement grade products, so I used Centric C-Tek rotors and Posiquiet ceramic pads. As far as what I charged my customer, it was $39.95 for the pads, and $33.90 each for the rotors and I just charged $175 for my labor. The job was similar to just about any Honda/Acura brake job except that the MDX uses pad separator springs (small thing of metal in a V-shape) that gets inserted into the backing of the pad. Anybody that has done Toyota brake pad jobs have run into these very often. If any of you guys need the parts, let me know!
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Old 05-19-10, 08:42 AM   #5
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Sounds like you are the people to ask this question. I have a 2009 MDX and I would like to put on red brake calipers. I can't find them and do you think it would void the warranty?

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To do red calipers, it actually involves painting the caliper. My distributors no longer carry the paint, so I no longer have access to it.
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I can't find them and do you think it would void the warranty?

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It will only void the warranty if it directly relates to a failure of another component.
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Old 05-23-10, 11:47 PM   #8
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You can use a special High Temp paint that is used on engines. for show cars. did it on my 91 Legend when I had custom wheels on it.
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What would you have to do to prepare it before painting.
I have a 04 MDX and just got 20" machined rims and i can see the calipers clear as day and thought painting them red would look good.
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You can use any high temperature paint. I've used Rustoleum on the calipers on numerous vehicles. The trick is to clean everything very well before painting. Brush on is easier as the masking is more critical with spray.

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