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So I was driving home from work on Friday night when a loud scratching noise started coming from the front drivers side brake.

To cut a long story short I took it to Honda the following morning and they've basically said that the front driver side brake pads are down to the metal and so the discs and pads need replacing.

They've also said that the offending caliper has seized up and will need to be replaced at a cost of £470. I bought an extended guarantee last year so I'm arguing that this should be covered under the warranty and shouldn't be classed as wear and tear. I've contacted Honda UK to try and get this sorted out but it's going to be a few days before I get an answer.

Has anybody had any experience with brake calipers seizing up and any advice on where I might stand with this?
 

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I had a rear one siezing , now I use an independant specialist for servicing. They eased it, renewed pads on rear as one had worn unevenly and touch wood been ok. That was about 3 years ago.
 

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I had a rear one siezing , now I use an independant specialist for servicing. They eased it, renewed pads on rear as one had worn unevenly and touch wood been ok. That was about 3 years ago.
Yeah, I was hoping Honda would do the same.

Ironically I planned on taking it to Grinspeed in the next week or so, bad timing. :rolleyes:
 

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Maybe Honda are looking for the extra work?
Anyone you can get a second opinion off?
There are a pair for sale in the for sale section.
 

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Maybe Honda are looking for the extra work?
Anyone you can get a second opinion off?
There are a pair for sale in the for sale section.
Yeah I saw them, cheers. :)

Honda have said it's not safe to drive so I can't really take it anywhere. I could probably drive it a small distance at a push but the closest place I would get a 2nd opinion is Grinspeed, but they're in Leyland.
 

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Thats mental that honda charge £940 for a set of front calipers.
Injection imports were doing a set of spoon monocoque calipers for only ten quid more :eek:

You can get a service kit for the front calipers for £30 by the way.

I'd go to an independant. You'll be able to upgrade to better discs & pads for less than honda will do oem no doubt
 

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Yeah, agreed.

Trouble is the car isn't really driveable so I'm kind of stuck at Honda.
 

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It was driveable but I was limping along as it was making a right noise (not in a good way)
 

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If you go to Grinspeed, Stevie (top man) will be able to sort you a caliper from Brakes International for way less than Honda have asked!

I've got a siezed front one at the minute too - think a new one was about £170 and less than £100 for a properly reconditioned one. I had my dodgy one cleaned out but it seized again pretty quickly, so I wouldn't bother with trying to sort it, just chuck it away and replace it.

Good luck getting it sorted mate! :)
 

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Cheers mate

Honda Uk have said they'll cover some of the cost of the caliper making it £240 instead of £400+
 

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... I bought an extended guarantee last year so I'm arguing that this should be covered under the warranty and shouldn't be classed as wear and tear. I've contacted Honda UK to try and get this sorted out but it's going to be a few days before I get an answer.
I completely agree with you... there is really no way that a seized caliper (plus the resulting damage to the pads and disc) should be excluded from a warranty claim on the basis of 'wear and tear'. It's a component failure!

Threaten them with trading standards...
 

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So the car is sorted now.

I spent a long time on the phone going back and forth with the dealership and Honda UK but they wouldn't cover the whole cost of the caliper. Instead, they reduced it down to £240 from £470.

So, in all I got my car back today with a new caliper, new front discs and pads, 2 new Goodyear F1 AS2 tyres and the tracking sorted.

In total it cost me £705. Plus, I had to hire a car for a week which cost me £115. It's been an expensive fortnight!
 

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Yeah, they were quite competitive on price with the tyres and the rest of the work to be fair.

The only downside is I now have 3 red calipers and one plain metal one! A job for the weekend I think.
 
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