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    I had my car in for a minor service at the weekend. At the service it was noticed that my disc brakes had corrosion on them. The garage said that the discs have life left in them but they would advice booking it in for a brake service at nearly £90 to get them stripped and cleaned. Is this really worth it? I do car share to my work so there are times where my car is sitting often for days not moving, and I do like to wash the car a lot. I gather that this is probably the cause of corrosion appearing. The brakes feel fine with no problems. Should I be taking the car out and finding a nice quiet bit of road and braking heavily to get rid of the corrosion, or do I need to do anything?

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    Are they refering to the discs? Unless they're badly lipped I wouldn't bother, unless they're properly treated (not usually the case unless they're performance discs) then they rust anyway around the vented bits through the middle of the disc.
    What condition are the pads in?

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    The garage said it was on the discs. They did not say how much was left on the pads. The car has done about 50k miles and I have never had to get any work done on the brakes since getting the car at 28k and as I say the brakes feel fine.

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    So what are that planning on doing for £90

    If there planning on putting a procut lathe on them then they will "skim" the surface of the discs but if that's the case then you don't want to fit old pads to resurfaced discs ... And as said above ... They will only scab up again

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    And if that's the case I'd tell them not to bother, i bought pair of genuineGM rear discs and pads for £70 and fitted them myself, was a doddle, i also cleaned and greased the sliders too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deztroyer View Post
    So what are that planning on doing for £90

    If there planning on putting a procut lathe on them then they will "skim" the surface of the discs but if that's the case then you don't want to fit old pads to resurfaced discs ... And as said above ... They will only scab up again
    I think you've over-estimated their expertise . What they plan to do for £90 is drive along a road at 40 MPH and gently apply the brakes with the left foot, whilst keeping the right foot on the accelerator so as to maintain speed. Voila, rust will be gone. £90 please.

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    Are they talking about your front and rear discs - £90 would go a long way towards buying new discs and pads - what happened at your last MOT - was there any advice re the brakes.
    Looks like they are creating some work for themselves - as already been said a bit of surface rust will not do any harm and will disappear as you drive and use the brakes - if they are badly worn ie reduced thickness or badly scored they need replacing but other than that I wouldn't worry.
    If you are not very handy go to one of these garages that offer a free brake inspection - although beware as they are usually looking for work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    I think you've over-estimated their expertise . What they plan to do for £90 is drive along a road at 40 MPH and gently apply the brakes with the left foot, whilst keeping the right foot on the accelerator so as to maintain speed. Voila, rust will be gone. £90 please.
    My thoughts entirely. I don't think you'll get much more than that for £90 these days. I'd say, take the car for a run down the main road after washing, dries the car off thoroughly and leaves the discs warm and dry - if the're Vauxhall discs, they won't go rusty very quickly. If you wash the car and just leave it, I find they'll be rusty in a couple of hours.

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