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    Decided to take apart brakes to find out why they are were so woolly....
    Got the Near side disc off with a bit of hassle, could be compressed with fingers...not a good sign, tapped it (and I mean tapped not thumped) with a hammer to remove the rust...and it split into 2 separate discs.
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    Bit scary considering I'd had to stamp for the anchors a few days before from 60 when some idiot pulled out in front of me at the last minute on a country road, surprised it didn't split then.

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    Maybe the stamping on the brakes was one of the last straw's. Glad they broke with the tapping of a hammer and not the harsh use of the stopping pedal.

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    Bloomin heck never seen that before. Lucky it broke wen off the car and not when braking. How old were they if ya dont mind me asking?

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    Ditto....especially since there are a lot of very solid drystane dykes on that road on both sides...lets just say that stop convinced me of the need to sort the brakes out....the words "stop stop stop you POS" were uttered a long with a few others lol...stopped in plenty time, just didn't feel like it was going to stop.....bit of a brown trouser moment...
    Car was sitting for a while before the place I bought it from (some backstreet place in cowdenbeath, though the car had been within a mile of my last house within a week of me buying it (40 odd miles north of Cowdenbeath) - post office receipt left in the car) slightly weird) acquired it, so the rust had set in (tax disc holder is from Pittenweem harbour and seller said the last owner worked offshore.. so the salt air likely didn't help matters), though looking back through the MOTs online seems its had advisories on the front brake discs for the last 2 or 3 MOTs, could even be OE discs...though doubt it given the car has 167K on the clock and was sold new in January 2005, allegedly motorway miles for the first part of its life.. Taking a closer look at the other side of the discs, the pads have only been making contact with the inner half of the disc mainly as the slide pins were sticking like mad and someone thought it would be smart to change only the outer pads, brakes also are in dire need of a bleed, which they will get along with the parts below.
    Getting sorted out now, new pads and discs all round, refurbed caliper for the rear left and new shocks for the front.
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    Now that's crazy... Wonder what insurance would say if an accident was caused by them

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    Thing is, they didn't look that bad on the car, wasn't till they were off that it was apparent how bad they were.

    If I had had a crash because of that....A certain backstreet car seller would have been getting a visit once I was out of the hospital and a few "polite" words spoken about selling unroadworthy vehicles would have been exchanged between him, me and my friend Mr B Peen Hammer. ;-) lol

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    Just makes you realise how important regular checks on your car are.... in the case of brakes, I only checked the pads and discs a short while back when changing the front springs... luckily those brakes have proven effective 3 times in the past 3 days ... twice yesterday, when numpties have pulled out in front of me! Thank **** for good brakes, tryes and abs

    Idle curiousity, are they OE Vx discs or a 3rd party set ?

    And I know you mentioned a rear caliper, but are the dead discs fronts or rears ?

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    Unless he upgraded his brakes, the 2.0 DTi rear ones are solid. These should be 285 mm vented front ones...

    Are they OEM ?

    Really scary...

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    Blimey, I've not seen that in 26 years of driving. Wonder if it was a a fault when the disc was manufactured?

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    Dead disc is front passenger side
    Will have a look when I get a sec, car is currently sitting on my dads driveway about 7 miles away and I'm currently carless.

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