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I have a 2008 TL-S and the rear brakes are toast. The car only has 28K on it and I drive it like a Grandpa. lol I think I am still under warranty. But is there a TSB on this? Is this common?


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When you say "toast," do you mean the pads are worn out (trivial), rotors warped (resurface or replace.... unlikely on rear brakes), calipers fell off....?



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pads down to metal to metal. The rotors got a little dinged. They did not give any warning. Not sure if these have wear indicators or not. Then the fronts are almost gone too. So I ordered pads and rotors for the front. I had the dealer do the rears since I was in there for a recall.
 

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I dont know what to tell you other than the fact, someone that is driving the vehicle hard or doesn't know how to brake properly. The vehicle is heavy for obvious reasons, so that puts a lot of pressure on the breaking system; I highly suggest going brembo for the rear as well, plus OEM rotors slotted, depending how you drive. If your doing a lot of long distance driving and freeway, traffic conditions, any thing that causes excessive braking

We do have vented brakes, but they still do not help much really as compared to slotted grooved rotors.

I bought mine at 27 and they had already replaced the rotors, by the legality of cali law, so yours isn't too far fetched; plus the fact it was like 38 YO woman driving it prior[Grandma]. You are in a luxury car that comes with luxury costs.
 

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I had a Audi S4 with 47K on it and it was still on original brakes. That was why I was suprised this did last very long. My buddy works at Toyota and he says they warranty the rear brakes all the time. But oh well it is what it is. Just surprised the brakes went this fast.
 

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Yes, which is why I am suggesting highly to change the caliper by going brembo, and also getting a bigger OEM quality rotor's, slotted primarily. I mean frankly without the front brembo the car would not stop at high speed situations really and when ABS is activated. I have felt the performance, and it is pretty much slightly stronger than needed, which is not good for someone driving slightly too fast.

Those are some of my plans for the future of my vehicle to have a comfortable and long lasting break system for the rear only; the front is perfectly fine in my opinion. Simple logic eh, bigger pads more contact; larger and more "mass'ive" surface tend to cool faster cause the heat is being distributed thoroughly and less concentrated in certain areas.

Your best way to check and see if it is fairly true, is that your rotors should never be shiny; rotors must have a dull luster to them as if they are murky. When they are over heated due to breaking too hard or rough driving conditions, they tend to gain luster and become very shiny. That is not good generally speaking, and means that you should follow through with the following advice I gave you. Bigger calipers hold larger brake pads, and large rotors have the ability to vent heat so that the metal doesn't become malleable and change luster. Which is the primary function of brembo Carbon ceramic BP's, which is why the back tends to fail so rapidly.

I drive slow and have driven almost 10k on the new rotors which still maintained being extremely dull, however I only drive at night 95% of the time and it is not my daily driver.
 

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I've noticed on more recent Honda/Acura products with the current generation EBD with 4 wheel disk brakes, the rear pads do wear faster (my Ridgeline, my cousin's Pilot, the shop TSX, etc. all wear the rears out at probably 3x the rate of the front). I think in an effort to get the cars to stop more leveled (reduce nose dive), I think the current gen EBD either sends more pressure to the rears than it did before or have the rears engage sooner. That's my only theories. So, rear pads gone by 20-30k seems pretty normal now. I had to do the rear pads on my Ridgeline 3 times already (fronts only once), my cousin's Pilot has had the rear done once already (and the 2nd set should be coming up soon) and the shop TSX had the rears done once already as well.
 
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