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    Just got the car back from servicing (well yesterday arvo) and this was the cost.

    Through the local dealer I have had lots of good service from.

    Service - $250 (roughly 110 pounds)
    Adjust the handbrake to spec - $38 (roughly 17 pounds)
    Flush brake lines and add new fluid - $68 (roughly 30 pounds)

    Total - $397 (roughly 173 pounds)

    Quote to do rear brake pads - $290 (roughly 126 pounds)

    Steering Pump needs to be replaced. Cost $1700 (roughly $739 pounds)but will be fixed under warranty

    I have tried to convert the cost but I don't know of this is a true reflection to you guys

    My question is shoyld the handbrake be a seperate cost for adjustment? If you look at this thread

    http://www.opelaus.com/forum/showthr...266#post235266

    a comment is made about the handbrake being self adjusting. I just want to know if I should be kicking up a stink or not.

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    Those rear pads sound a touch on the high side, maybe do they yourself? I have no idea about the hand brake - sorry
    The rest sounds fair to me....for a main dealer, anyone else?
    Last edited by Big Sig; 13th June 2007 at 22:29. Reason: adding bits!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    The servicing I didn't have a problem with nor the brakes but the handbrake is the one that gets me.

    Actually they also quoted me $179 to do a wheel alignment

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    I was quoted £100 for a full alignment at a main dealer. Locally I can get it laser aligned for £40 or so - its been a while since I had one done.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    National Tyres will do a four wheel alignment check for FREE
    If adjustment is required, then it is normally £22
    I have mine checked at every tyre renewal, and it is half price as a result
    So far, three checks and just £11

    Always ask them how old it is
    If it is more than three years old, then avoid, as after this they lose their accuracy

    I assume those servicing prices include parts
    If so, then they all seem reasonable
    The labour rate in the UK is about £40 per hour, so will be around AUS$90
    The rear brake pads take about twice as long to do as the fronts, and you should also have the rear handbrake shoes replaced at the same time
    Although the handrbake is self adjusting, it may also need adjusting at service if the handbrake is not being adjusted as per the handbook
    It should be lightly applied at low speed regularly, and this will perform the self adjustment

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    The rear brake pads take about twice as long to do as the fronts, and you should also have the rear handbrake shoes replaced at the same time
    Although the handrbake is self adjusting, it may also need adjusting at service if the handbrake is not being adjusted as per the handbook
    It should be lightly applied at low speed regularly, and this will perform the self adjustment
    Utter Utter Balderdash...just about as wrong as you could get.......

    If you are going to give out advice that cost folks money at least make it right!!!!!!!

    the rear pads TAKE NO LONGER to change than the front..FACT!. even though they need winding back in, this takes no longer than returning the front pistons

    there are NO HANDBRAKE SHOES on the vectra c.. it uses an all in one rear caliper so there is only 1 set of friction surfaces to do both jobs...FACT!!.. unlike the old vectra which uses a seperate hub based handbrake setup.

    the handbrake..IT SHOULD NOT BE applied with the vehicle in motion , it's designed as a parking brake with the facility to be a manually applied emergency braking device..applying it while driving is ABUSE of the rear calipers which are fragile enough anyway...And as for adjustment, it's all taken up within the caliper..if the travel is eccessive, then simply wind back in the calipers piston fully, extend the piston by slow repeated use of the footbrake until you get a firm pedal..THEN apply the handbrake to take up any freeplay.. this automatically adjusts the handbrakes travel...there is no need to adjust any cable lengths whatsoever..
    Last edited by Gsi3.2; 14th June 2007 at 07:57. Reason: more to add

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    Absolutely 100% agree with Mark. As well as him I have been a diesel fitter and motor vehicle technician holding full tech certificate for 26 years and that advice is very bad. If you watch the news you may recall a Police Officer being killed in the Northumbria force area because a prisoner pulled the handbrake on as the vehicle was travelling and flipped it. The handbrake on the vectra is operated via the caliper and is therefore self adjusting. Handbrake shoes as used on vectra b's are manually adjusted through a hole in the disc.
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