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    Typically, how long after the warning light comes on should you change the brake pads?

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    Last time this happened I booked the car in for about three weeks later

    Mine came on Monday so inspected the front brake pads, and looks like there is about 1000 miles left on both sides
    The light didn't come on yesterday
    The light came on this morning and is on all the time now, so again I have booked the car in. this time for the third week of July

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    It depends on how you use your brakes.


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    If they have lasted for 50,000 miles before the light came on and assuming they have used 5mm in that time, then by assuming there is still 2mm left, you will have 20,000 miles before they hit the metal.

    I am not saying you should leave them for 20K. But that is the reality of the question.

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    If my failing memory serves me well, once the light came on on my Vectra B, the sensor was already shot (approx. £15 on each side) which was a bummer. I would agree with m8internet that [inner] pads looked like they had around 1,000 miles left on them. Don't look at the outer pads to assess how much longer you have, because they wear a lot less.

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    Do all vectra's have brake sensor's i.e will my 55 sxi 120 have them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra 120 View Post
    Do all vectra's have brake sensor's i.e will my 55 sxi 120 have them?
    All pre-facelifts (like yours) should have them. Dropped on the facelift though (penny-pinching)

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    There will be plenty of life will be left in them as you want the brake light warning to come on before they run out.

    Are they standard brakes? I have some nearly new discs and pads left over as I did the 314mm upgrade if anyone wants them PM me before I bin them.

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