Actually I believe more vehicles dont have it on OEM pads. My 1998 Honda CR-V doesnt have it、and my 2001.5 VW Passat doesnt have it either. My 2000 BMW has a fancy disc pad low warning light in instrument cluster. But I learned the lesson that I shouldnt wait the warning light on to replace the pads. Once the lights is on, it would be additional $30 per wheel for a mechanical one-time-use sensor to replace!
Your uneven thickness on pads could be caused by lack of lubricant on caliper pins which is very common problem on CX-5. Make sure to pull、clean、and re-pack some rubbee-save brake grease. Thiss what Ive used on my recent Honda CR-V brake job:At 76k miles, my fronts were still at 6, except for one pad at 4. They were wearing unevenly. I will be replacing them along with getting the front rotors resurfaced because they need it.
Rears are still good. I got them replaced at 52k miles.
Thanks Yrwei...I will be sure to do so.Your uneven thickness on pads could be caused by lack of lubricant on caliper pins which is very common problem on CX-5. Make sure to pull*clean*and re-pack some rubbee-save brake grease. This*s what I*ve used on my recent Honda CR-V brake job:
Just replaced rears on 2016 CX-5 at 52,000 miles. Fronts are in the 'green zone' on the dealership scale.How long did your front and rear brake pads last? Just curious what the average experience is, and what to expect.
For CX-5 we have to add 2 additional factors:
1. Sticking caliper pins due to lack of lubrication from factory.
2. Sticking rear calipers with Electrical Parking Brake due to improper tolerance on rear calipers with EPB.
These 2 are well known issues on CX-5 which will make your brake pads wearing out really fast!
38K on brake pads? Not great, but not bad if the miles are mostly city driven. EPB concern would be evident by then with scorched rotors. So that may be something to consider. A Mazda dealer should be able to check records to see if the TSB action for EPB was taken on your vehicle even if you did not buy it from a dealer.**I've been a shade tree mechanic for years, and never saw rear brake pad wear on a vehicle like the '16 CX-5 I just bought, at 38k miles. Replacing now with OEMs, but thank you for the input about the EPB, and lack of lube. would never have thought of the EPB being too tight a tolerance. **
I worked in brake development for 17 years and this is categorically not the case.Not surprised that rear pads are wearing as fast or faster compared to front pads. For many years now manufacturers have been formulating the pads specifically for that outcome. They can't change the physics - braking is front wheel biased. But, OEM rear pad friction material can be made softer so that they bite better and contribute as much as possible to braking. The result, I think, is that they do wear as fast or faster compared to the front brakes.
Nope, not this either.I believe, that for the early wear on the rear brakes, is cause by the electronic brakeforce distribution system. It applies more force to the rear, this way when you apply a sudden brake, the car won't dip.