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    ive seen the how2 for brake pads ive never done pads before but is it str8 forward?

    also what pads do people recommend??? im on a budget would i get the front pads for £50? a decent set?

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    How worn are the discs? Sometimes it works out cheaper to buy a disc/pad set than buying them separately. Also pads are just as hard as the discs these days and tend to wear down at the same rate.

    Lastly you should never be on a budget with things like brakes.

    Try somewhere like www.autovaux.co.uk - same parts as Vauxhall, or to OE spec, but slightly cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris1804 View Post
    ive seen the how2 for brake pads ive never done pads before but is it str8 forward?

    also what pads do people recommend??? im on a budget would i get the front pads for £50? a decent set?

    Yes its relatively straight forward, but if its something you've never done before maybe better getting someone who has to give you a hand. To do them you'll need a 7mm allen key, wire brush, large flat blade screwdriver and copper grease.
    I bought Pads from Euro Car Parts, £57 for front and rear, Pagid ones, these are pretty reasonable ones and are OE by many manufacturers but look out for Mintex or Ferodo too.

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    you will get a disc & pad kit for around £60

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    Yes its relatively straight forward, but if its something you've never done before maybe better getting someone who has to give you a hand. To do them you'll need a 7mm allen key, wire brush, large flat blade screwdriver and copper grease.
    I bought Pads from Euro Car Parts, £57 for front and rear, Pagid ones, these are pretty reasonable ones and are OE by many manufacturers but look out for Mintex or Ferodo too.
    Mintex and pagid are the same company

    If your spending about 50 quid for a set of pads you could get EBC greenstuff

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    Don't go to cheap. I made the mistake of getting some cheap pads and they didn't have any shims on the back of them and it began to squeal like a ***** after a few miles.

    For those who dont know, shims are a kind of pad on the back of the brake pad. On really old cars you used to have to buy them separately but these days manufacturers glue/weld them on the back of the pads. Its made out of a softer metal or sometimes a hard rubber and this is what the brake piston pushes into. its stops the piston and pad vibrating under braking which causes a squeal noise.

    I took the pads off again and put a bit of copper grease on them and it stopped the squealing for a week but it eventually came back. In the end I bought Genuine Manufacturer Pads with the shims on the back and it cured it instantly.

    Lesson learned!

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    It's not just the shims that make a difference, the cheaper pads have less of a tolerance when making them.

    Genuine/dearer pads are an exact fit to the caliper slides where as cheaper ones can be slack by 1-2mm and that can make all of the difference. As said don't buy a set of 10-15 quid cheapies from ebay as you'll get fed up with the squealing and have to go and buy another set.

    One of the best sets I tried that worked very well were Lucas police compound pads. They were about 25 quid a set but damn they stopped the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Mintex and pagid are the same company
    Smarty pants

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    It's not just the shims that make a difference, the cheaper pads have less of a tolerance when making them.

    Genuine/dearer pads are an exact fit to the caliper slides where as cheaper ones can be slack by 1-2mm and that can make all of the difference. As said don't buy a set of 10-15 quid cheapies from ebay as you'll get fed up with the squealing and have to go and buy another set.

    One of the best sets I tried that worked very well were Lucas police compound pads. They were about 25 quid a set but damn they stopped the car
    where can i get them Lucas police compound pads?

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    Mintex are pretty good too - i think u can buy a brake box set where u get the discs and pads together,not a bad price either

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