2010 Acura TSX Brake Pad thickness

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3 months 2 days ago #202912 by T16
I recently changed the front Brake pads and rotors on my 2010
Acura TSX. I purchased Autozone rotors (with the black coating) , and Autozone Duralast Gold Ceramic front pads. New autozone front pads measured 7mm, and New pads from the Acura dealer measure 11mm.. Why is there a difference? Would I get more life out of my brakes going with the thicker pads from Acura?

Also, I ran Into a similar issue with the rear pads. I measured the existing pad which is 5mm. I looked at Autozone Duralast Gold rear pads and they measure at 5mm.
Acura rear pads measure at 8mm.

Thanks for your help!

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2 months 4 weeks ago #202949 by college man
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With the thicker pads you will get a longer life then pads that are already less material. As long as driving/breaking habits are good.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #202961 by T16
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I only have about 100 miles on the Duralast Gold pads, and Duralast Gold rotors(with the black coating). I am going to swap the pads with Akebono ACT. Would it be necessary to turn the rotors? Thanks

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2 months 3 weeks ago #202968 by college man
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your good with a pad swap

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2 months 3 weeks ago #202971 by T16
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I am also doing rear pads on this car.
I think the original rear rotors are on the car. (90k miles) I was thinking of just replacing pads and not doing anything to the rotors. Will this greatly reduce pad life?

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2 months 3 weeks ago #202975 by Hanneman
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T16 wrote: I think the original rear rotors are on the car. (90k miles) I was thinking of just replacing pads and not doing anything to the rotors. Will this greatly reduce pad life?


It depends on the condition of the rotors:
  • If the rotor is near the minimum thickness, then the rotor will not be able to dissipate heat properly.
  • If the rotor has discolored from overheating, then the rotor will not be able to dissipate heat properly.
  • If the rotors have scoring, rust build near the edges, excessive run-out, then the pad life will be reduced or yield a vibration.

My 0.02: You have approximately half of the pad life for the rear. If you don't have issues, like binding from corrosion, then replacing the pads and rotors is not necessary. Clean and re-lubricate the components, and let the proverbial "sleeping dog lie". Alternatively, I would replace the rotors along with the rear pads. Also, remove the corrosion from the hub before installing the new rotor if you live in area that uses a lot of salt in winter.

My only complaint with ProACT pads is reduced braking performance while the friction material transfers to a new rotor. It only lasts a week after installation, but it can make you doubt the pad quality, whether errors were made during installation, etc.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #202976 by T16
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Do you think the Akebono ACT pads are a good choice? I have never used them before. Would going with the Acura pads be better? This vehicle is just a daily driver. Thanks for your input.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #202977 by Hanneman
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Yes, the Akebono ProACT is a good pad. They're similar to OEM with less dusting. The OEM has a deeper initial bite while the ProACT has a more linear response. Both are a good choice for a daily driver.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #203003 by college man
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T16 wrote: I am also doing rear pads on this car.
I think the original rear rotors are on the car. (90k miles) I was thinking of just replacing pads and not doing anything to the rotors. Will this greatly reduce pad life?


For me I would replace the rear rotors. For the price of a premium rear rotor with the black E coating on them. It might be 40.00 bucks a piece.
Just to have fresh rotors that are not rusted. keep us posted on your progress.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #203063 by T16
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I want ahead and replaced the rear rotors with the new pads. Thanks for your help!

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