suwaneedad
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Leaf Number: 6638
Location: Atlanta

Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:56 pm

Years ago, I recall reading here that no one had yet to require brake pad replacement. My LEAF turns 6 next month (70k miles) and no sign of brake pads needing to be swapped, despite losing regen for 6-12 months when my original battery was losing capacity (pack was replaced under warranty). Wondering whether there is any record yet of a LEAF's OEM pads wearing out?!
'12 White SV (own)
VIN 16638
12/31/11

1st bar lost at 19 months, 25.3k miles :(
2nd 2.5yrs, 32.9k miles :shock:
3rd 3.5yrs, 44.9k miles :mrgreen:
4th 4.25yrs, 53.5k miles :mrgreen:
NEW PACK via warranty at 4.6 years, 57.0k miles :mrgreen:

GerryAZ
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Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:24 pm

They are ceramic pads so I expect them to last a long time. I typically get 75,000 miles on ceramic pads on SUVs with automatic transmissions so I expect the LEAF with regeneration to go much further. My experience has been that the rotors and pads both wear out at the same time when using ceramic pads.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015

DarthPuppy
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Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:34 pm

Supposedly on regen vehicles they last a really long time. My Highlander Hybrid is now at 140k+ on the original pads. I inquire about them everytime I take it in and so far they haven't needed replacement.

Duncan
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Location: Sydney, Australia

Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:14 am

we've done a couple of seasons hillclimb racing with ours and are nowhere needing new pads. I don't think they will be a good investment for an aftermarket manufacturer....

garsh
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Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:31 am

I'm coming up on 87,000 miles, and down to 8 battery bars. I'm on the original pads, but they're down to about 4/32". With the severely degraded battery, I don't get as much regen as I used to, so the pads have been getting more of a workout lately. So I'm probably going to replace them before my next state inspection in the spring.
2012 Black SV w. G35 wheels, 8 bars, 86,000 miles

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mwalsh
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Leaf Number: 0213
Location: Garden Grove, CA

Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:36 am

I've got a set on-hand ready to swap, but haven't done it yet. I do expect it to be a chore that'll need doing soon though.
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 71,000 miles.
2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

powersurge
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Location: Long Island, NY

Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:18 am

Two comments.. First, I have never heard of a set of brake pads going 75K miles, especially in an SUV. 30-40K? Yes...
Second, I don't think there has to be an aftermarket for the Leaf pads.... Aren't they same as the Versa or Juke??

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RegGuheert
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Leaf Number: 5926
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Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:43 pm

powersurge wrote:Two comments.. First, I have never heard of a set of brake pads going 75K miles, especially in an SUV.
The brake pads on our 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, which I purchased in April of 2002, are now 15.5 years old and have over 120,000 miles on them. The pads still have plenty of material on them and the braking is still as silky smooth as it was the day I brought the car home. I suppose I may need to replace the pads someday. Time will tell.

The LEAF is accumulating about the same number of miles each year as the Honda Civic Hybrid did, but I do not expect the brake pads to last nearly as long. First the vehicle is quite a bit heavier plus with three capacity bars gone, we often get NO (zero, zip, nada) regen on the nearby mountains this time of year meaning we must use friction brakes to maintain speed.
RegGuheert
2011 Leaf SL Demo vehicle
10K miles: Apr 14, 2013, 20K miles (55.7Ah): Aug 7, 2014, 30K miles (52.0Ah): Dec 30, 2015, 40K miles (49.8Ah): Feb 8, 2017, 50K miles (47.2Ah): Dec 7, 2017.
Enphase Inverter Measured MTBF: M190, M215, M250, S280

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mwalsh
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Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:41 pm

powersurge wrote:Second, I don't think there has to be an aftermarket for the Leaf pads.... Aren't they same as the Versa or Juke??


I bought these for the front:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049 ... UTF8&psc=1

And these for the rear:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KU ... UTF8&psc=1

It might be my imagination, but I think they might not be quite as meaty as the pads my car came with, though I couldn't swear to it.
2011 Blue Ocean SL with 71,000 miles.
2015 pack under warranty 12/30/15.
Tinted windows.
Michelin MXV4 tires.
L1 EVSE upgrade.
FIAMM horns.
Superbright LED lighting.
2013 sun visors.
LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

powersurge
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Joined: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:24 am
Delivery Date: 06 Dec 2014
Location: Long Island, NY

Re: Has ANY LEAF required a brake pad replacement yet?

Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:23 am

thanks for the parts numbers.... I like delco products myself.

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