Just crossed the 80K mark and it seems I'm running into a problem.
Towards the end of October, I felt my handbrake was very loose -- I can engage the first click even if my sleeve gets caught on the handle. I was a little bit suspicious the handbrake was seized, but I did not have time to test. It was not until one night I was driving home that the TPMS light came on. A visual inspection did not indicate anything wrong, but my driver's side wheel was much hotter than the other ones. I jacked the car up to check, and it was exactly what I suspected: The caliper was seized. The TPMS light came on because the extra heat and resistance caused the tire to not rotate at the same speed as the wheels.
I called my regular mechanic, Hu's Garage, who has always worked on my car since new and he got the caliper replaced by a NuGeon rebuild caliper at 79643km on Oct 29th . A brake flush was completed as well for a total of $360. Things went OK at first, but I noticed by car was having a hard time holding in position on a steep hill, which led me to suspect one side of the calipers were not engaging. I didn't have time to deal with it much until about 2 weeks ago when I noticed by handbrake handle was loose again. I checked the calipers and sure enough, now the passenger's side caliper was seized. It was the exact same problem and it died 3 weeks after the other side died.
I called the mechanic again and he took a look with the car back in the shop on Nov 27th. It was exactly what I suspected it to be; the left caliper was not engaging when the handbrake is pulled and the right side was seized.
2 days later, he got the parts in and replaced both sides -- the left side under warranty from him -- at 81064km. As it turned out, the quality of the calipers were no good. The handbrake was unable to fully release, possibly due to the spring's lack of strength from the rebuild calipers.
I asked why he didn't use better brands like Raybestos or even OEM, which he said his supplier does not supply Raybestos and OEM calipers were quoted at $450. I was surprised since the dealership only charges $340 (that's the list price) and I could find them at TorontoHondaParts for $270 after the 20% off coupon. I asked if he was OK if I brought in my own parts, which he said he would appreciate -- and he would even install them at no extra charge and even refund me the old calipers.
I ended up buying from TorontoHondaParts. Their online ordering system is no good -- Paypal doesn't work, and it tried to charge me HST but I am from Alberta. A quick call later, and they only charged me 5% GST and a Paypal invoice. $619.36 including taxes and shipping and 5 days later, I got my parts in.
These are real Honda OEM parts, which costs twice as much as Raybestos from RockAuto, but I think I'll stick with OEM parts haha. Interestingly, they came in new part numbers as follows:
Probably the old design had issues. Also, I just placed an order for some 2020 maps for my nav. It hasn't been updated since I got the car.