The front brakes on our MDX were acting a little odd lately. If you stopped quickly, sometimes you'd hear a grinding noise in the front end. There hasn't been much "bite" to these brakes either...the pedal felt soft and they just weren't that impressive. And the CR-V's front brakes had gone back to rattling, so I wanted to get in there are fix it for good. So I bought new front hardware kits for both and did both this weekend. No pads or rotors for each, just new hardware. The MDX's rotors had black "stripes" in them...guy where I had them turned said they probably got hot and glazed. I thought that was odd. OEM Advics pads and USA-made rotors. So I re-installed them and put new pin boots and grease on the caliper mounts. Made sure to put the pins back where they went...the one with the bushing went on the bottom and the plain pin on the top. Re-torqued everything and it drove better. Still a slightly squishy pedal...probably needs a brake bleed. Everything came off okay on the CR-V. OEM rotors (good still) and OEM Sumitomo pads (good still). On the driver side, the caliper pin with the bushing was on the bottom, just like on the Acura, and I re-installed it on the bottom. But I noticed something weird on the passenger side: the pin with the bushing was in the top. Wait a minute. On the Acura, both bushing pins were at the bottom... So I log on to Alldatadiy.com right quick and take a look. Son of a gun: the pins with the bushings go on the top in the CR-V. One of these was in wrong, and for who knows how long. Lemme check the Acura while I'm in here. Sure 'nuff, pins with bushings go in the top. So I button the CR-V back up, and the rattle is gone again...hopefully for good. Nice FIRM pedal now, though it was already good. I swear, it stops so fast now, I feel like I can get the back wheels to lift up off the pavement. So I open the Acura back up and swap the caliper pins. Holy cow, what a difference. Now the brakes feel like Honda brakes. Even my wife noticed how much better the brakes feel; she normally doesn't perceive differences like that. Those pins in the Acura have been backwards since it was built. My folks never had brake work done on it. And when I did the pads and rotors last time, I didn't mess with the pins, nor would I have swapped caliper mounts from left to right.