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508 rear brake pad wear

Asked by Ian Wilkinson

I just had my last warranty service for my 2012 Peugeot 508 after three years and was told that my front brakes still have about 70 percent left but the rear units only have around 30 percent. As a consequence, the rear brakes will probably require new pads, and possibly rotors, in about 10,000 km time at an estimated cost of $800. It has only travelled 32,000 km and I was really surprised that the rear pads were so worn compared to the front pads, as in my experience, front pads usually wear out much more quickly. I realize that the Euro's generally use softer compounds, but I am generally easy on my brakes and my last car, a 2005 Commodore SV6, travelled 95,000 km on its original front and rear pads. The majority of my current 32,000 km has been off-peak on freeways or country roads and I don't do any towing or 'ride' my brakes. Can this be viewed as normal wear and tear?

Answered by CarsGuide

18 Dec 2015 Graham Smith

On the estimate of the dealer you’ll have done around 45,000 km by the time the brakes need replacing, which is reasonable. The rear brakes, pads and rotors, are generally smaller than the fronts, which do most of the braking. Being smaller they will wear out sooner.

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