astra g sticking brakes

Discussion in 'Astra' started by asport, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. asport

    asport Guest

    This has probably been on a million times but as im new you gotta forgive
    me. My astra g 1998 1.6 16v brakes are sticky. i have cleaned the 2
    slides with wd40. is this the correct thing to do or will i have to buy ew
    callipers??? please dont let it be the callipers. : )
    asport, Sep 8, 2004
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  2. asport

    Bilko130 Guest

    I personally, would check if front or rear calipers/drums are
    Rear calipers are "prone" to sticking on this vehicle. Note Calipers,
    not drum brakes.
    Vx went through various procedures to find the cure. Replace
    rear pads, disc's, calipers, add modified handbrake mounting to
    caliper, handbrake cables, special grease, etc,etc,etc.
    If the car is not under any sort of warranty with Vx, I would
    still go back to Vx to get a "Vcan" warranty repair.
    There are lot's of criteria that the vehicle has to conform
    to. Basically, if you have DOCUMENTED proof of the Vx specified
    service schedule, you "Should" get a "contribution" to the repair.
    It's down to the dealership, and, the type of calipers you have
    If it's the front calipers sticking...
    If you have a good, working knowledge of brakes then attempt
    the following.
    Remove calipers and pad carrier. CLEAN everything. WD-40 is
    the worst thing you can use. Make everything spotless, using brake
    cleaner, elbow grease, and some more. With a very fine grade of Emory
    cloth, clean the "face" of each pad and, the "face" or each disc. If
    your calipers have the slider pins (5 or MM hex, Can't remember) clean
    these until spotless with the back of the Emory cloth. Lubricate with
    a very light coating of "golden grease" etc. Apply the grease to all
    components EXCEPT for the pad face's and disc braking area.
    Make sure the seal around the piston is O.K. and the piston in
    the caliper moves freely.
    After that... Master Cylinder?
    Bilko130, Sep 9, 2004
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  3. asport

    Mike J Guest

    Would this be the same with the Zafira front wiper sweep problem? Vauxhall
    changed the wiper motor and linkage to get a better sweep for RHD. This is
    mentioned in TIS2003 as a field remedy and is free if the car is under 3
    years old and the owner complains. My car is 4 years old and I have
    complained, but no-one will help. Is there a guaranteed way of getting this
    'safety' work done for free, especially as I lose a 3 inch wide vertical
    strip of forward vision in the rain.

    BTW, the motor and linkage costs about 170 quid.
    Mike J, Sep 9, 2004
  4. asport

    Bilko130 Guest

    "Mike J"
    Yes. Go and talk to you "Freindly" Vx dealer. They will, or
    should, be able to advise you. If they don't want to know, ask for the
    Vx customer careline number. Call them and chew someone's ear off.
    Tell them that no-one wants to help you and this is the last attempt
    to resolve this before taking it futher.
    Vx are generally sympathetic to customer complaints and it is
    certanly worth contacting them. Even if you only get a contribution to
    the cost of the part, It's better than nothing.
    Hope this helps
    Bilko130, Sep 11, 2004
  5. asport

    asport Guest

    thanks you very much all. gonna try everything suggested. couldnt have
    asked for more help.

    nice 1 guys

    asport, Sep 12, 2004
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