Brakes for both the Acura RDX and BMW X5 35d last weekend

Posted By on December 14, 2021


Looking at the rear brake wear on Brenda’s 2010 Acura RDX is not a sign that I’ve been taking good care of her car, but she did mention her brakes were squealing a bit last month. DoubleCalliperCompressionToolBy the time I got around to ordering AcuraBrakesbrakes and discs for both the dual-piston fronts and rears, it was well past due time for a brake job (also added a double piston compression tool … but at 1.5” min, it is still pretty wide – back to the C-clamp). 

I can’t tell you how many brakes I’ve replaced and rebuilt in my lifetime (a lot), but it is getting up there … and I’m embarrassed to say, a few pads have looked like the ones above.


BMWBrakesThis is the first time I’ve replaced any brakes on the Acura RDX that we acquired in 2019, and it looks to have been the first time for the rear brakes?

While I was ordering, I also opted to order (left) and replace the front disc rotors on the 2010 BMW X5 35d, something I should have done the last time back in 2016. The newer ceramic pads chewed their way into the rotor (nice and even) that was becoming evident by the grinding sound. It seems that the wear was leaving a higher rim and left a huge deposit of rust on the outside vented edge (click photo  below). So, my advice from this point forward and from experience is to replace or at least turn the discs when you replace pads no matter how even the wear looks.

Front rusted rotor on 2010 BMW X5 35d


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