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    Ive bought a set of front Discs and pads in kit form today from VX, ready to change them tomorrow............ BUT

    the pads have NO wire connected to them..............

    is this right?

    they have 2 metal studs on 1 pad only.......... does this make the circuit when the pads are low, so the cable is attached to the caliper?

    Total cost for the kit was £76.38 inc Vat so im quite pleased with that

    VX though cannot understand why my rear discs are vented, they list only solid rears for the 3.0V6 diesel, so they have to order 3.2V6 petrol discs to fit

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    The brake wire is a seperate item matey about 10 pound's .........Oh and all v6 vectra's either petrol or diesel have vented rear brake discs !!!!!

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    hi just done mine a little while ago
    you will also need some thread lock seal stuff and copper grease
    and a long bar for undoing the torx bolts (very tight)
    shouldn't take to long
    i think mine took about 1 hour for both (first time on veccy)

    good luck more pennys saved for the wife to spend

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhvcbv View Post
    hi just done mine a little while ago
    you will also need some thread lock seal stuff and copper grease
    and a long bar for undoing the torx bolts (very tight)
    Surely there's no need to undo the "torx bolts" if all you are doing is changing the pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by shunter View Post
    Surely there's no need to undo the "torx bolts" if all you are doing is changing the pads
    Quote Originally Posted by Guyver1 View Post
    Ive bought a set of front Discs and pads in kit form today from VX, ready to change them tomorrow

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    Oops Must read the question.

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    Snip the old wire and twist it together, this will rejoin the circuit and put the light out, if the lights not yet on you could try to very carefully prise the sensor off and fit it to the new pad, don't waste ten quid on a wire, it's just another gizmo you don't need, the best way to check the pads other than putting a finger in to feel the depth is to look in the fluid bottle, if it drops by half an inch you know it's time to keep an eye on the pad thickness.

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    yep, if the light never came on, then the sensor wire is still good, just transfer it to the new pads.. if it's worn and the light has been on, then it's bin fodder..twisting the wires may well put the light out, but i just always slap a new wire on as it's a bit cheaper for me to buy..

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    Took about an hour this morning to replace the front discs on both sides, very easy to do thanx to the HOW2 i read on here.

    the brake warning cable was worn pretty much right through and never showed a light on the dash anyway, so ive put it back as it is for now, i never bother with them anyway, you can always tell when there on the way out

    the new discs look and feel much better than the old ones, the ones i took off werent as badly worn down as i first thought though, but the pads were down to 2mm and 1 was even coming off the backing plate which is worrying

    another worrying thing was that the pads were easily 8mm thick when i bought the car in July this year, the most amount of mileage ive done is 3000 tops, so im not sure if the pads were cheap and nasty, specially as the one pad mounting clasp had firmly welded itself to the caliper so i had to snap it off, (the pad, not the caliper )

    The tork bolts were ridiculously tight but with the ideal amount of me standing on the ratchet they did eventually come out , i didnt bother with the locking compound as the nuts are still coated in it and it was still sticky, and there aint no way there gonna move now after ive been hanging off them

    Ill be doing the rear discs and pads in 2 weeks time due to me having another advanced lesson next Sunday (missed the last 6)

    Oh yeah, the git who fitted the calipers to the car (VX probably ) had put the brake hose across the allen bolt opening on the drivers side, so i had to mess about resiting the brake hose..............

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    glad you finally got there.....all that saved money means more to spend on the bike now.....

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