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Old June 16th, 2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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After market brake pads too small.

Hi guys, I have a question. First of all, my car is 2006 accord coupe, 2.4 EX-L

I bought front ceramic brake pads from a local chain store, and I installed them myself. They seemed to be working fine, but I would hear clicking noises sometimes.

Few weeks after, I took the car for repair at Honda, and they told me those pads are too small. They showed me, and it was true. There's about one cm of space at the end. So the new pads are 1 cm shorter than the OEM. They said this is very dangerous, and I should change them.

So I ordered a new set from Tire Rack. I got Akebono ACT914. When I got them, I was so surprised to see that they're exactly the same size as the new pads I installed.

How can two stores be wrong? Am I missing something? The pads look loose, but they work somehow.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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I4, v6, 6spd? Those are different brake pads. They should match exactly like oem size.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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I4, v6, 6spd? Those are different brake pads. They should match exactly like oem size.
Not sure what you're trying to say. But I bought the proper brake pads for my car (I4), in both cases. If you go to tire rack, and select my car, the Akebono ACT 914 shows up in the list.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #4
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Maybe the clips are missing??
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Old June 16th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #5
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Maybe the clips are missing??
Nope, I didn't remove the original clips.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #6
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okay. I was asking if you had an i4 or v6 AT or MT. Not sure then
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How lose are they? They are suppose to fit kinda snuggle in the clips but there are gaps where the ear pieces doesn't touch.
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How lose are they? They are suppose to fit kinda snuggle in the clips but there are gaps where the ear pieces doesn't touch.
1 cm (about half an inch), between the ear and the place on the caliper where it's supposed to fit.
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are u the first owner or did you buy it use? Maybe the person before you swap the caliper for larger one?
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are u the first owner or did you buy it use? Maybe the person before you swap the caliper for larger one?
Bought it new. My first assumption was that the 2006 model might have different calipers than 2003-2005, but all websites seem to confirm that it's exactly the same caliper. I'll try to take a picture and post it later tonight.
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Old June 17th, 2013, 10:07 PM   #12
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yea that not right.... I bet if you go and buy some v6 pad they will fit. Go to autozone. if they don't fit you can return it.

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Old June 17th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #13
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yea that not right.... I bent if you go and buy some v6 pad they will fit. Go to autozone. if they don't fit you can return it.
But I don't understand. I bought the car new from Honda. Anywhere I can look up the pad specs for V6 and I4? Before I take the wheels and calipers off again?
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Are you located in Canada? Canadian cars came with V6-6 rotors. US got 11.1" for I4 & V6 Auto, V6-6 got 11.8" rotors.
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Old June 17th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #15
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That would be amazing if the v6 pads fit. That would mean someone probably made a mistake on the assembly floor wouldnt it lol
Try it man! Im really curious

On a lighter note, are you sure you have an I4? heehee
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Are you located in Canada? Canadian cars came with V6-6 rotors. US got 11.1" for I4 & V6 Auto, V6-6 got 11.8" rotors.
By rotors, you mean discs? My car has discs all around, no rotors.

Yes I'm in Canada. I'm gonna call Honda tomorrow to ask them. I'm just curious why all the websites and my local store's database shows the same wrong pads?
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Old June 17th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #17
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That would be amazing if the v6 pads fit. That would mean someone probably made a mistake on the assembly floor wouldnt it lol
Try it man! Im really curious

On a lighter note, are you sure you have an I4? heehee
Shhh...Don't tell anyone. It's actually a V8...Honda only made two of those

You know what, I'm starting to think there might be a mistake somewhere.

But most probabably mobiless2 is correct. Canadian I4 calipers might be different than the American ones. Even though my car is made in the US!
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Old June 17th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #18
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yeah. go to the local autoshop and but v6 pad and compare them to your oem one.
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Are you located in Canada? Canadian cars came with V6-6 rotors. US got 11.1" for I4 & V6 Auto, V6-6 got 11.8" rotors.


Good call

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By rotors, you mean discs? My car has discs all around, no rotors.

Yes I'm in Canada. I'm gonna call Honda tomorrow to ask them. I'm just curious why all the websites and my local store's database shows the same wrong pads?

If what he said above is true you need to shop for pads for Honda Accord V6 6mt.
I bet that will fix this issue.
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^This. Make sure you purchase 03-07 Honda accord v6 coupe 6mt front brake pads. Apparently you have the 11.8 inch diameter (larger) coupe 6mt brakes on your vehicle. Rotor=disk fyi.
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Old June 18th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #21
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or hybrid/tsx/tl non brembo brake pads
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Old June 18th, 2013, 09:06 PM   #22
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So I went back to my local hardware store (Canadian Tire), but different location. I asked for brake pads for V6 coupe, 6sp. So he brought me the pads. I asked the rep, out of curiosity, can you get me the pads for I4 2.4L. He said it's exactly the same part. So I installed them, and they fit perfectly.

So here's what happened:
-The first pads I bought from Canadian Tire were wrong, because the sales rep was an idiot. But it's my fault for not recognizing they're not the right size. First time changing brakes.
-The pads I bought from Tire Rack are also the wrong part, because they probably assumed I have a US car.

I just don't know what Honda was thinking when they decided the Canadian cars should have bigger brakes. Why????

So thank you all for your help. I appreciate it!
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Same reason they have daytime running lights, safety. See you guys have that low visibility up there and then all of a sudden a giant wildebeest jumps in the road and whoa thank god for those big brakes.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 07:30 AM   #24
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Same reason they have daytime running lights, safety. See you guys have that low visibility up there and then all of a sudden a giant wildebeest jumps in the road and whoa thank god for those big brakes.
Lol. Canada is not the North Pole you know! It's almost the same weather as the US. Driving in Denver is not less risky than driving in Toronto for example. There's way more snow in Denver.

I think it's just the Canadian government being extra cautious.

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Old June 19th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #25
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Good detective work

I bet the USA and Mexico are the only countries that get the smaller brakes on the I4 that year. I mean seriously Honda how much extra per car would it have cost?

Subaru did something just as dumb on their 2005 subaru Legacys (non Turbo). They then wised up and changed all of them to the same rotors in 2006 onward. Lucky the pads and calipers stayed the same, it was just the rotor size that was standardized across all the non turbo Legacys.
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