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Old 06-17-2010, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Front Brake Pads and Rotors

I have 07-X with 50K miles on it, steering wheel shakes a bit while braking , took it to the dealer to get it checked :

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1. Front Brake Pads Worn and Rotors Distorted (Pulsations ) -- to Fix $ 288
2. Brake Fluid has contamination, recommended flush -- $119

Rotors looks perfect, glossy no rust ... Dealer told that its recommended to have rotors cleaned with the new pads. Feel like a ripper

Checked the Brake Fluid , no visible contamination .. Any other way to check if its contaminated ?

How much is avg cost to replace Front brake pads and should it be only done at Acura service ?

Even a honda dealer quoted 225 for the front pads ...



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Old 06-17-2010, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My guess is the fluid is fine and that the rotors may need resurfacing. You can do your brakes anywhere you want. Just be weary of what grade of parts you are buying. Not sure if you have a shop(non dealer) that specializes in Honda/Acura in your area.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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$119 for brake flush?

I think thats high...I just paid $54 for the service today at Tires Plus. $79 plus a $25 coupon.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have 07-X with 50K miles on it, steering wheel shakes a bit while braking , took it to the dealer to get it checked :

Checked the Brake Fluid , no visible contamination .. Any other way to check if its contaminated ?

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You could buy a brake fluid tester. A few options:

1) The FASCAR "Strip Dip" Brake Fluid Test Strips. They seem to be as simple as the diabetes test strips. Unfortunately I have only seen them sold in packages of 100 (both Amazon and good old Sears sell them).
2) The moisture tester "Electronic Brake Fluid Tester STO3S121". Amazon has it for around $25.

Do you know if the fluid has ever been changed on your MDX ? If not, 3 or more years is a reasonable time to have it changed. However, it is not likely to help or be related to the shaking while braking.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I suggest checking with a different dealer or reputable brake shop. I had my 2002 front brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced at my local Honda dealer in January for $ 185. The pads were OEM Honda/Acura pads that the Honda dealer ordered. On Tire rack, you can purchase Akebono brake pads for $ 89 a set. The brake fluid repacement also sems high.
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think the price is unreasonable for a dealer service using OEM parts.

Yet turning rotors when you replace pads is "strongly" recommended though not necessary IF you can ascertain that the rotors are within tolerance specs of warp AND you take the time to scuff the surface a bit to have a "fresh" surface to mate with new pads especially IF they are different pad compound/material.

As for bleeding the brakes, do realize they have to put the MDX on a lift, take all four wheels off, bleed corner specific rotation, put the wheels back on, and road test. That will take at a minimum an hour plus the cost of the brake fluid, and based on their labor cost you do the math. Our dealer's hourly rate is $120.

Now, if you are mechanically inclined, you can do all of this - but most likely will take you a few hours especially if you don't have a lift
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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mine is under warranty (2009 X)replaced by dealer..steering wheel vibration due to front brake rotors are warped,change pads and resurface rotors
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Acura recommends brake fluid get changed every 3 years, I agree. It absorbs moisture in the air which reduces hydaulic pressure and shortens caliper life, not to mention having fluid changed improves braking performance
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buy a motive power bleeder. makes flushing or just bleeding the brake fluid simple. I've been using it for years on my toyota tacoma. pretty sure it would work as good on the MDX. Just keep the psi around 10 to avoid blowing out any seals in the system.

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Old 09-06-2010, 02:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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mine is under warranty (2009 X)replaced by dealer..steering wheel vibration due to front brake rotors are warped,change pads and resurface rotors
how many miles when they did the warranty repairs?
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Your price sounds about right from a Acura dealer. Two local Acura dealers in my area charge $335 + tax for each pair of brakes pads replacement and resurfacing the rotors. I just had my rear ones done for $250 because they had a $100 off coupon on their website. A local Honda specialist independent shop that I go to was asking $225, so I went with Acura just because I tend to be partial towards oem parts if no previous issues have been reported that I know of.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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For a dealership the price is fair. You might want to check with a Honda dealer. I find the one near me to be cheaper and they have coupons. Brake fluid - Honda recommends that this be changed ~ 3 years for the reasons noted above. I would have it done as it is a recommended service. If you have the time look for an independent shop.

50K on the MDX - cars need maintenance and $400 is far less than a car payment on a new one or a lease payment.
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You could buy a brake fluid tester. A few options:

1) The FASCAR "Strip Dip" Brake Fluid Test Strips. They seem to be as simple as the diabetes test strips. Unfortunately I have only seen them sold in packages of 100 (both Amazon and good old Sears sell them).
2) The moisture tester "Electronic Brake Fluid Tester STO3S121". Amazon has it for around $25.
I bought one of those "Electronic Brake Fluid Tester STO3S121". Did a test today as I was planning on having my brake fluid changed after 3 years as recommended, it tested green on my X, yellow on another car and red on water (several tries). Not that I trust it 100% but since I recently had my rear brakes replaced and some new fluid was added, and brakes feel pretty good, I am waiting another six months to flush it.
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Front brake pad replacement and rotors $239.95
Rear brake pad replacement and rotor $239.95
Brake fluid exchange $129.95


Dealer price...fair???

how many mm is the ideal to replace pads? is it okay to machined rotors?
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