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    Unhappy It all happens together

    Not long had the manifold replaced, the alternator replaced and have new springs to go on (due to breakage!) and a thermostat to fit, the flipping brake pad warning came on today.

    BUT... 57k (at least) on the set of front pads, car has done 83k+ and I have done a good 57k of that and have not replaced the pads yet. Off to source some tomorrow morning. Will be doing springs, pads and 'stat this weekend with any luck.

    First time ever doing springs
    Second time ever doing front pads
    Second time ever doing a thermostat

    Wish me luck - am sick of paying £35 plus VAT per hour with garages so some DIY is on the cards! (and full use of the best How2 section I have come across!)

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    Good Luck buddy - excellent how 2's on here so may as well use them, if i was closer i would give you a hand

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    I'm mostly worried about the springs TBH. Between not getting the nuts and bolts loose etc.

    Trip to halfords to get some extra tools tomorrow too.

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    springs aint too bad, get some decent spring compressors and have respect for the power of the spring your dealing with, if your careful youlle be fine, the worst bit is holding the shaft of the shock still while you undo the top nut but a decent pair of mole grips (remember to cushion them on the shaft to stop it damaging it, i just clap then round the rubber gaiter and onto the shaft) usually does the trick

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    Quote Originally Posted by vxpenfold View Post
    springs aint too bad, get some decent spring compressors and have respect for the power of the spring your dealing with, if your careful youlle be fine, the worst bit is holding the shaft of the shock still while you undo the top nut but a decent pair of mole grips (remember to cushion them on the shaft to stop it damaging it, i just clap then round the rubber gaiter and onto the shaft) usually does the trick


    wise advice. best not to lose one side of your head. buy decent spring compressors and make sure they a fitted correctly, if they slip and come off it could really hurt

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