Normal for rear brakes to wear faster than front onfwd ?

Normal for rear brakes to wear faster than front onfwd ?

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fendertele

Original Poster:

152 posts

65 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Hey my car has done 42k, around the 28/29k the rears then front pads needed replaced also the rear rotor as the dealership missed that the rear brake pads were worn to the metal when I had asked for them to be inspected...

I just had my car in for a tyre change and was told to keep an eye on my rear brake pads.. I have been hearing some intermittent noise but put it down to dirt as I felt 12k for rear pads is a bit low ?

Now I'm thinking the rears will wear faster than fronts on some cars.

eltawater

2,558 posts

149 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Can be perfectly normal on some FWD cars such as the Mk 2 Seat Leon which used to eat rear tyres and brake pads.

Welshbeef

45,708 posts

168 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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If you have
1. cruise control and use it the car hold speed back with the rear brakes
2. Stability control - EDC etc will be using the rears.
3. Maybe it was poor discs that accelerated wear.

Dubmaster77

168 posts

163 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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My van has Hill start assist... I didnt realise at first as it has a traditional hand brake lever.. I thought the rear brakes were binding as the rear alloys are always covered on more brake dust than the fronts... I cant imagine the system is good for brake pad longevity...

fendertele

Original Poster:

152 posts

65 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Yeah my car is a seat.. I only questioned this due to the life of the original pads.

I got the rear rotor replaced at same time as pads so can't be the worn rotor issue

My car has the hill start function but it's always been there and I very rarely use it as I use the clutch biting point

It has anti skid on by default yeah

No cruise control

Unless they never replaced the rotor after all?

I was pissed at them at the time for not catching the worn breaks as that was one of two reasons I had booked it in and they never bothered to check them.. so when they told me the rotors needed replacing I got them to half in out of goodwill for the rotors.. maybe I hacked them off and they left the worn ones on..

Thu it's a strange one those first set of pads lasted twice as long and went through the worst winter in a long time ice etc... We ain't even hit winter yet so the second pads have had a much easier time conditions wise

Edited by fendertele on Thursday 29th November 11:13

Ares

11,000 posts

90 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Rear brakes almost never wear faster, front does the most braking (most cars have far bigger brakes up front)...

....however, rear pads are almost always thinner, so they last less time.



fendertele

Original Poster:

152 posts

65 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Also after replacing the pads and rotors the handbrake was very loose and I asked for them to sort it.. don't know if that has anything to do with it but thought I'd mention incase

SlimRick

2,192 posts

135 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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My Jag gets through rear pads twice as quickly as the front. Apparently, the rear brakes are applied to prevent the nose diving during braking

fendertele

Original Poster:

152 posts

65 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Yeah I'm cool with the order of how they wear just found it strange the first set did 25+ and these are showing signs of needing replaced at 12 when the first set had the worst conditions and lot more braking required

Ares

11,000 posts

90 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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fendertele said:
Yeah I'm cool with the order of how they wear just found it strange the first set did 25+ and these are showing signs of needing replaced at 12 when the first set had the worst conditions and lot more braking required
Same pads?

If 2nd set were more 'budget' that OEM, they'll wear quicker.

My F-i-L swapped the front OEM ones on his BMW after 40,000miles for 'Euro Parts' specials ("third of the cost of those bloody rip off BMW ones, probably made in the same bloody factory...etc...etc...etc...")

He was then incandescent with rage when they were showing as worn after 18,000.

alangla

3,272 posts

151 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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On the Fiesta ST, there can be a problem with the crap Lucas brakes Ford decided to fit suffering sticking caliper slides at the back. The result of this is that the outer pad can have plenty of material left, but the inner can be down to the metal, also the handbrake will be almost useless. That's in about 20k of normal driving.

fendertele

Original Poster:

152 posts

65 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Would hope they are OEM had it done at the car dealership for seat ?

David87

5,971 posts

182 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Does your car have an electric handbrake? My wife's Volvo does and I believe that's why it has an appetite for rear pads!

Al U

1,952 posts

101 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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My 2016 Civic has had it's rear pads done, the fronts are coming up soon.

pills

1,502 posts

207 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Was going to ask electric handbrake? My old VW and my current car both have gone through rear pads faster than I would have expected.

xjay1337

15,966 posts

88 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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I've had 4 VAG cars and never have the rear pads worn more on any of them.
So I think you have something wrong. Seized caliper or something perhaps.

My BMW wore it's rear pads more than the fronts, but this is because it uses the rear brakes as part of the ESP system and also to act as a "fake" LSD.

Limpet

4,926 posts

131 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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xjay1337 said:
My BMW wore it's rear pads more than the fronts, but this is because it uses the rear brakes as part of the ESP system and also to act as a "fake" LSD.
Yep, my M140i will need its rear pads changing before the fronts according to the iDrive. Rears will need doing at 37k, and fronts at 45k if the system is to be believed.

fendertele

Original Poster:

152 posts

65 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Yeah this is what I'm wondering if the first set lasted 20+ and second set are needing changed soon at 12+ and I imagine are OEM if I got them replaced at a seat dealership.. something must have changed ?

TheDrBrian

4,617 posts

192 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Welshbeef said:
If you have
1. cruise control and use it the car hold speed back with the rear brakes
Wha??

Olivergt

788 posts

51 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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TheDrBrian said:
Welshbeef said:
If you have
1. cruise control and use it the car hold speed back with the rear brakes
Wha??
Adaptive Cruise Control will use the brakes under certain circumstances, whether or not they only use the rear brakes, I don't know.