I have a 2015 Outback that needs the rear brake pads replaced- the problem is that the fronts are still at 75%, while rears are around 5%.,,,,,,

Asked by Apr 10, 2017 at 10:02 PM about the 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So that leads me to my questions....1) what could be causing such uneven
wear?  and 2) my mechanic friend was a little stymied by the integrated
ebrake design on the rears and didn't want to change them before doing
some research...do you know of any "how to" sites on the interweb for this
year Subie?--youtube's got nuthin'. Thanks so much!

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That is not normal. The rears typically last far longer than the fronts. Since your is probably still under warranty I would have a talk with your Subaru dealer. Is the e-brake dragging?

85,905

How many miles on the pads?

56k. To the best of my understanding- the electronic e-brake is either all on or all off, so there shouldn't be an instance where it would drag. I suspect that it may be a caliper issue, though. This is my sister's car, so I only drove it for a few minutes- but the one thing i noticed was the sensation that it wasn't "free wheeling" when I put it into drive- seemed a little sluggish when at an idle.

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Can't be a DOUBLE caliper issue unless you tend to get struck by lightning a lot.

I have the exact same issue with my '15 Outback. Rear brakes are worn and the front is still fine. We do haul heavier loads and even sometimes tow a small trailer but it still doesn't seem right. 76k miles. If learned anything, please share.

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Rear pads are really small, and with the newest (2010+) OBs seem to wear faster than the fronts. I'm replacing rears on '13-14 OBs, so yours seems a bit premature; sounds like you've a heavy brake or live on a hill?

I have a 2015 legacy with 100k miles and the rear pads need replacing (front are fine). I have 2 VW Jettas and the rear pads wear out much quicker than the front. It seems to be normal.

I am having the same issue on a 2015 Legacy 2.5i. 45,000 miles. Rear pads are down t0 5% but the fronts are fine. Found out when car had the brake fluid replaced. The mechanic had no idea what could be causing the uneven wear. My other question is do the rotors need to be replaced as well or can I just replace the pads?

6,140

How do the rotors look? If very clean on the contact surfaces certainly don't bother to replace them, as they generally last 3-4 winters here in the northeast, for example. Slapping in pads will take you barely a half hour. This premature wear is still a mystery. I'm replacing rusty rear rotors 'n pads on a pair of 2014 OBs this week, but indeed the fronts are fine. Not sure if 2015-2018 are identical to 2010-2014 predecessors. BTW, if you DIY you'll need only 14mm socket, waterpump pliers, some spray-grease, and maybe a flat screwdriver. You should have zero chance of caliper slider issues at this young age.

I have the same issue with my Subaru outback 2015, rear brakes 80% down and fronts only 30%. When I come out of a stop and drive I feel the brakes make a thumping noise but it goes away. The service claims its normal and then said it was'nt unusual wear and tear so my vehicle coverage will not cover it . I think they know what the problem is they just wont say

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