Vectra saloon front brakes

Discussion in 'Vectra' started by N. Joy, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. N. Joy

    N. Joy Guest

    Hi All
    I don't have a manual for my Vactra and according to the display on the dash
    I need to replace the pads.
    I called the Vx dealer for a price and he was cheaper than the local Motor
    Spares Trade Store, so I went to the Vx dealer. he then announced that they
    were an "after-market spare part NOT genuine Vx parts" - that's why they
    were cheaper! The accessory store was quoting genuine Vx & still much
    cheaper than Vx dealer!
    Anyway - is it an easy job and do I need anything other than pads? Some
    kind soul told me that I might need new sensors - is this correct? Any
    ideas on cost, please?
    More jobs for the weekend!
    Thanks in advance
    N. Joy, Apr 28, 2005
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    R. Murphy Guest

    Last time I went to a VX dealer, my car had done 65k miles and I thought I'd
    replace the pads ...

    So I went to the VX dealer. "I've got 2 sorts - VX pads at £60 quid, or
    aftermarket pads at £20 quid that are just as good"

    So I went for the aftermarket pair ...

    and 60k miles of trouble-free use later - I sold the car with plenty of
    lining left on the pads.

    Pads, pins, shims, and copperease for the shims. (The pads from the VX
    dealer had a small tube of the copper grease included in the packet)...
    R. Murphy, Apr 28, 2005
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    me140 Guest

    Yes you will need sensors - usually two depending on the model. Check you
    really need pads before you buy them - may just be a sensor fault.
    me140, Apr 28, 2005
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    N. Joy Guest

    Hi again
    Many thanks for your kind help. I've been back to the dealer to buy the
    sensor(s) - they were "not sure" how many were needed so I bought 2 - one on
    SOR. - I sometimes despair, I remember the good old days when the parts dept
    knew what they were talking about!
    Have a good Bank Holiday break all.
    Thanks again
    N. Joy, Apr 29, 2005
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    Alan Guest

    Vauxhall do an Aftermarket set so it was probably these. We use them
    all the time and only use the expensive ones for new car warranty
    replacement which is rare.

    Alan, May 3, 2005
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    N. Joy Guest

    Hi All
    Thanks again for your help & input. I returned one sensor to the dealer
    today and got full credit - which was great, BUT there was a sting in the
    ............... When I got the job underway I reckon that if not immediately,
    very soon I need new discs ......... yup you guessed it..... I
    asked the price no prize for getting the correct answer ..... I fell over
    laughing! .... Read on .......
    New disk & pads set (too late for these now - new pads are in) ... dealer
    price as a kit ....... £60+VAT - Not Bad I thought - but as previously
    stated the new pads were already in .... so that'll be new disks then ....
    yup just the disks ...... Dealer price 2 new front disks (NO
    pads)...........<>>>>>>>>>> £169 +VAT <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>

    Now you see why I laughed my socks off !
    Come on Vauxhall that really IS taking the P***.
    Caveat Emptor
    Stay happy
    N. Joy, May 3, 2005
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    R. Murphy Guest

    Buy the set - that way you will have a spare set of pads. If the new pads
    have not bedded-in too much, and the discs are not very badly scored, I
    think you should be OK to keep the new pads (from the set) as spares and fit
    the ones you have just fitted, with the new discs.

    BUT why do you think you need new discs? - you should be able to check the
    thickness v the spec.

    As a guideline (and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong) - you
    should be able to wear-out 2 sets of pads and replace the discs with the
    third - assuming that the discs are too thin to be skimmed.
    R. Murphy, May 4, 2005
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