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Old 11-23-2010, 08:26 PM
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Default Broken Brake Pad Sensor... Is it a big deal?

Went to the Honda Service Center for a free overall check-uo for my Fit. Found out that I had two broken brake pad sensors.

Is that a big deal? I read that those things just tell you when you need to replace your pads depending on their condition.. While I have new brake pads just installed last month...

So I'll ask again, are those broken a big deal?
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No as long as you check you pads by looking at them when you wash your car and don't let the pad wear into the rotors. The bigger question is how did they get broken?
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As I recall, she bought her Fit used. This is probably damage from the previous owner.
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No as long as you check you pads by looking at them when you wash your car and don't let the pad wear into the rotors. The bigger question is how did they get broken?
Must be from the previous owner. I have been careful with my car. But there will always be doubt...

I once navigated into a flood highway..... That must be it.
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As I recall, she bought her Fit used. This is probably damage from the previous owner.
True 2 that. Previous owner was fond of the Fit for fast lapse in the Laguna (Philippines) circuit.

Or that flooding from a highway where the water rises so fast that I had to dash for higher ground...
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Thanks so much for the info guys. Its not a big deal after all... I'll just keep a close watch on my pads then.

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For 2011, finally resolved those brake pad sensors. Went to Honda service center and bought a pair of Honda OE sensors for $30 and paid $10 for the service charge. Looks like my new plans for buying a new grill would have to wait. But I'm glad on restoring my Fit.
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For 2011, finally resolved those brake pad sensors. Went to Honda Ph. and bought a pair of Honda OE sensors for $30 and paid $10 for the service charge. Looks like my new plans for buying a new grill would have to wait. But I'm glad on restoring my Fit.
Good for you- you made the right decision (and it was much cheaper to get done than it would be in the U.S.).

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Now I'm confused. Does the GE come with some sort of electronic sensor to monitor pad wear?
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I don't think so. In looking through the '09 Service Manual, The VSA Troubleshooting Index has about 200 entries, with several sensors at each wheel. None are labeled as brake pad sensors. Between the VSA system and ABS, there are sensors everywhere including wheel bearing magnetic pulse sensors.

There is such a load of details, with no index at all, that I get a headache trying to find anything at all in the manual. The brake system drawings don't show anything labeled as brake pad sensors. I am betting that we still have a little bent piece of sheet metal that contacts the rotor surface and makes a shrieking noise to let you know that the pads are worn out. Ignore the noise too long, and you have now eaten up the rotors too.

Considering the complexity of the ABS and VSA systems that are now part of the brake system, it seems logical that Honda and all other car makers would add one more sensor for early pad wear, just to generate more dealership service profit. But I could not see any such sensor either pictured or listed. If we now need a light to remind you to check your damned tire air pressure, why not another sensor for brake pads (that would regularly stop working, bring up a dash light, and make you go to a dealer for a $100.00 service charge just to replace a sensor) ?
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