Join Date: May 2001
Location: Ogden, Utah previously, then San Diego, CA...now back in Utah
It's not a problem, it's a FEATURE...
I took my MDX in for this same thing a few weeks ago and got a long laborious lecture on why it is a bad idea to try and fix it.
Acura is not the only car company that has this, um, feature. Grand Cherokee's do it too...as do many cars with rear disk brakes. Other companies have tried to stop the pads from shifting, but it causes the pads to either drag on the rotor and overheat the brakes or drag on the caliper...and it still shifts, you just can't hear it as much. Neither of these things are good for your brakes, and according to my service manager it will shorten the life of your brake pads, and potentially the rotors too. I acted skeptical, so he went to great length to show me on cars that were in the garage bays.
Anyway, that is why Acura isn't trying to fix it. They feel their design provides the best wear on the pads, rotors and calipers and any modifications to fix the knuckle cracking noise will just screw up the brakes eventually....causing more warranty repair.
So, my pads are still doing their knuckle cracking every time I change directions and stop. But, I am not going to risk putting in a repair that will cost me more money in the future.
1965 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1972 Plymouth Roadrunner 440 - one of only 127 as optioned
1983 Buick Riviera Convertible - only 1750 made - original owner
1991 GMC Syclone - only 2995 made - original owner
2001 Acura MDX - Black/Ebony Base - original owner Chrome OEM Wheels, Woodgrain Interior Kit, Locking Lugs, Cargo Tray, Cargo Net, Cargo Cover, Splash Guards, Mirror Weep fixed per TSB
2004 Acura TL
2011 Kia Optima SX
Collecting a car from each decade!