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    Hi
    I changed my rear brake pads and discs last year, about this time (got discs and pads from vauxhall dealer).
    Recently I started to hear grinding noises coming from the back!
    I am not a boy racer taring round like a d**k so I was a bit confused (doesnt take much)
    The car is a 2.2DTi SRi vectra c, 2003, with 152000 miles on it.
    Took the rear wheels off yesterday to discover that the rear pads where down to bare metal!
    I have done about 25000 miles since I changed the pads last year but considering last years new rear pads and discs where with the cars mileage showing 125000 (thats 6 years of motoring) why have the pads gone so quickly this time?
    Handbrake had worked fine for the last year, no siezing. When I took the pads out I could hardly move the caliper piston at all, has the caliper piston seized and with it not retracting caused the wear of the pads I dont know. If anybody has any experience of this I would be interested to know. I am going to strip both calipers tomorrow and get new seals, etc.
    Hopefully they will last another 6 years after I have done them!!
    Paul

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    25K miles on rear pads is very good

    Quite normal
    Here are my replacement intervals :
    11/03/08 - 47535 miles pads and discs
    30/12/08 - 20104 miles pads
    14/01/10 - 34317 miles pads
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    Hi m8internet

    Thanks for your reply.
    Cant understand how the last set lasted me 6 years, they have never been changed before last year, pads or discs.
    Thats about 125000 miles on one set, these lasted 25000 miles.
    I could understand changing front pads after a year at my sort of milages but rears do very little braking as far as I am aware.

    Paul

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    25,000 miles for the rear pads is VERY BAD INDEED. My first set lasted to 75,000 miles. Still on original discs, now at 150,000 miles. I had to replace them in the meantime due to the retaining spring on one side failing and causing uneven pad wear.. I replaced both pads on both sides of the car.

    It isn't really though a measure of distance. It how much and how often you use the pads. If you never use them, they will last almost indefinitely.

    I would have said that a caliper strip down and seal replacement would be a good idea at that mileage. The piston does retract only fractionally, and causes the pad to come away from the disc. A dragging pad will wear a lot quicker than one that isn't.

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    You don't have to be a boy racer, driving style can make a big difference. I'm quite light on the brakes, ie I watch what's happening in front, read the road and vary the throttle to maintain a decent gap. approaching a junction/roundabout or lower speed limit area I'm usually foot off coasting down. If it's uphill I use the slope to slow down.
    My wife drives up to junctions, safe braking zone etc then brakes it down. She goes through pads in half the time I do.

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    The rears on my signum have done 35'000 and are about half worn

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulmatty View Post
    Hi m8internet

    Thanks for your reply.
    Cant understand how the last set lasted me 6 years, they have never been changed before last year, pads or discs.
    Thats about 125000 miles on one set, these lasted 25000 miles.
    I could understand changing front pads after a year at my sort of milages but rears do very little braking as far as I am aware.

    Paul
    Hi Paul
    I have a 57 plate 1.9CDTi. At its 2nd service 17k miles
    Was told that the inside pads on the rear were worn down???
    Had them changed 90 quid.
    Had its 3rd service and MOT this year 24k miles on service
    sheet showed 60% wear left.
    My pre facelift Signum which my wife now has lasted 38 k on first.

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    how is 25k on rears good ? when you changed your brakes did you free off the sliders?

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    Hi
    The sliders were fine when I put everything back together last year.
    Greased aeverything that needed it.
    I did notice this time that one of the sliders on each side (top one) was very difficult to get out and the rubber guide was very badly distorted.
    Have ordered caliper repair kit and will lightly clean the sliders on a lathe with some fine emery paper before intalling back on car.

    I dont drive the car like a rush hour headless chicken, I read the road and brake, accelerate accordingly to the traffic conditions. I think 25000 miles on the back brakes is crap compared to the previous 125000 miles on the last set. I think that gives a good indication of how the car is driven.

    Thanks for all your replies on this topic.

    Paul

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    25K is about the going rate for vectra rear pads, see this everyday at my work. Always wear the inner pads out first..
    I doubt it very much that your car lasted 6years on one set,!!!!??????

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