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Old 10-28-2012, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where do you guys buy your brake pads?

I'm hearing some occasional squeaking from the fronts, probably from the wear indicators hitting the rotors. If I get them from an authorized Honda/Acura dealer, will they come with everything needed?
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes- I am not a huge fan of aftermarket brakes for the MDX. I owned an 04 and now an 05 and I would recommend staying with the OEM (Acura/Honda) brakes.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Its best if you stick with oem
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm hearing some occasional squeaking from the fronts, probably from the wear indicators hitting the rotors. If I get them from an authorized Honda/Acura dealer, will they come with everything needed?
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Akebono ProAct with centric premium rotors. I got them from Rockauto.com. They have a 5% coupon all the time (do a search) and I just did mine back in August. All 4 brakes pads and rotors and they have been VERY good. I paid like 275 OTD.
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The best pads are bought some place other than an Acura dealer. Remember, those are just original equipment replacements. Not the best.

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Old 10-28-2012, 08:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just bought front and rear Akebono pads for my 08 today from tirerack. Both sets shipped for $140. I've used them before on my 03 and really liked them over OEM. I also bought a set for my RL from Amazon today too. They were a little cheaper than tirerack for that car.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I could be wrong, but I think I read somewhere that the OEM pads are made by Akebono. Maybe I was dreaming?

Anyways, last year, I installed the centric premium rotors with wagner thermoquiets on all 4 wheels on my honda accord (and it was only like 180 for the parts (also from Rockauto)) and I can tell you firsthand that the akebonos stop my mdx with more grip and authority than the thermoquiets stop my accord. The thermoquiets are good, but man for a little more cost, I really like how my mdx stops.
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Tire rack or rock auto.
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Is it recommended that the rear pads be replaced as well? I only hear noises from the front.
How about rotors? I was planning on just replacing the front pads.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Is it recommended that the rear pads be replaced as well? I only hear noises from the front.
How about rotors? I was planning on just replacing the front pads.
To answer the post above I believe Akebono does indeed make Honda pads.

You can do just the fronts or rears if you like but i usually just change them all out at the same time to save hassle later on. You should check your thickness though just to make sure, no point of replacing the rear if the pads still have 80% life,
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Is it recommended that the rear pads be replaced as well? I only hear noises from the front.
How about rotors? I was planning on just replacing the front pads.
Prior to change all my pads and rotors recently, the last time was when I did my brakes for the first time and at the first time, I only changed all the pads and left the rotors alone, especially if they aren't warped or badly scored. So it is okay to just change the pads if the rotors are in good shape.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I have these on my car currently and they work great.


2003 ACURA MDX 3.5L V6
AKEBONO ACT865 Brake Pad $ 38.79 $ 0.00 1 $ 38.79
AKEBONO ACT691 Brake Pad $ 53.79 $ 0.00 1 $ 53.79
CENTRIC 12040046 (120.40046) Rotor $ 41.79 $ 0.00 2 $ 83.58
CENTRIC 12040053 (120.40053) Rotor $ 37.79 $ 0.00 2 $ 75.58
Discount $ -12.59
Shipping Ground $ 33.45
Order Total $ 272.60
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I have these on my car currently and they work great.


2003 ACURA MDX 3.5L V6
AKEBONO ACT865 Brake Pad $ 38.79 $ 0.00 1 $ 38.79
AKEBONO ACT691 Brake Pad $ 53.79 $ 0.00 1 $ 53.79
CENTRIC 12040046 (120.40046) Rotor $ 41.79 $ 0.00 2 $ 83.58
CENTRIC 12040053 (120.40053) Rotor $ 37.79 $ 0.00 2 $ 75.58
Discount $ -12.59
Shipping Ground $ 33.45
Order Total $ 272.60
Exactly what I have too! Mine was like $274.xx I definitely believe this setup stop the car better than the OEMs, but it could be just all in my head. One thing that is NOT in my head is that the same OEM setup would cost a bit more mainly due to the rotor costs.
I am assuming rock auto right?
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:05 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yessir Rock Auto. I have used them for bushings and other items as well.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'm hearing some occasional squeaking from the fronts, probably from the wear indicators hitting the rotors. If I get them from an authorized Honda/Acura dealer, will they come with everything needed?
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You have a 2011 model and should not have to change pads that soon unless you have a lot of miles. Also when pads wear to the warning area, you will hear a constant chirping noise when you apply the brakes due to the metal wearing indicator touching the rotors.
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