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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74,515

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?

74,515

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.

5,320

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.

5,320

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?

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