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I believe my e-brake was not self-adjusting properly and this caused my rear disc pads to wear down prematurely--any advice when i talk to the dealership?
Should I ask for the pads to be replaced under warranty?
car has 45k on it and the front pads are at 50% or better when the rears are at about 15%
Hub is hard to turn when wheel is off and p-brake is disengaged.
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Sounds like there is definately some type of adjustment problem. I suppose it will be just a matter of explaining the situation to the dealer and seeing how they want to handle it. Best of luck.

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it will most likely not be warranty dealers are not known for giving stuff away to non employees
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I believe my e-brake was not self-adjusting properly and this caused my rear disc pads to wear down prematurely--any advice when i talk to the dealership?
Should I ask for the pads to be replaced under warranty?
car has 45k on it and the front pads are at 50% or better when the rears are at about 15%
Hub is hard to turn when wheel is off and p-brake is disengaged.
What I found out on my 2004.5 Spectra, is that the rear disc pads aren't even utilized by the E-brake. There's actually a small set of traditional style "drum" shoes that expand *inside* of a small drum that's built into the center of the rear discs.

My E-brake wasn't working, and I expected that the new shoes I had installed in the back would fix it, or the cable would need an adjustment. When it wasn't any better, the dealer took the discs off and found that one of the shoe mechanisms had frozen and wasn't working.

My car had 59,950 miles on it (which WASN'T an accident), and the repair was done under warranty. I didn't pay a dime! :-)

So.... unless the design changed from 2004.5 to 2007, I don't think that the adjustment of the E-brake had anything to do with early rear brake pad replacement. Come to think of it, my car's rears went earlier than the fronts too! From other posts on here, I'm wondering if it's just something in the design? Unconventionial behavior, if so.

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mine actually went first as well , they are still out but she is not being driven so its cool, it think from factory they must have smaller pads to account for the rear to front pressure difference instead of putting the same size all round
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Spectraman is correct, the e-brake operates off a small drum brake on the inner perimeter of your rear discs.

I don't know why the rear pads should wear out first. Spectra have reasonably generous disc brakes for its size.
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