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    How much should I be charged by VX to replace Front Discs and Pads on my 53 reg 2.0 Edition 100 Vectra ? Disc's I think are shot as there's big ridges on the edges and half an inch of rush on rear of disc, had pad warning lamp come on today and have done 65,000 miles, so I don't think the brakes have not done too bad, plus the fact I am have "Cracking" noises too when applying the handbrake so getting them to check that out too?

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    You don't fancy doing it yourself? £65 + VAT for the disc and pad set and a bit of your time. No need even for a rewind tool.

    Can't help with prices as I'm not sure what the specified time is to do them as I've always done my own on this car.

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    Thanks Duncan, whats a rewind tool? Not heard of that one?

    I would, but I got problems with my arms at present, and I am signed off by the doc, so I wouldn't have the strenght to even get the wheel nuts off lol..

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    The rewind tool is to wind the calliper piston back in when you do the rear brakes, as Duncan says it's not needed for the front brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    You don't fancy doing it yourself? £65 + VAT for the disc and pad set and a bit of your time. No need even for a rewind tool.
    £65 sounds about right!

    Although I phoned dumb and dumber at Halfrauds a few weeks ago and was quoted £105 per disc!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauls898 View Post
    I would, but I got problems with my arms at present, and I am signed off by the doc, so I wouldn't have the strenght to even get the wheel nuts off lol..
    Ah, puts a slight dampener on it then!

    They should have fixed prices for doing that - but they'll stiff you for the pads and discs separately unless you ask for the disc/pad kit specifically. - or buy it and give it to them to fit.

    The Vx listed time for doing front brakes and pads is about 3/4 of an hour, so depending on the dealer's labour rates that'll give an idea.

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    Feeling a bit stronger today, I thought I'd take the wheels off to have a look myself.

    Found about 5-6mm of pad remaining on passenger side, but there were iron chipens around where the sensor is, came from where the centre of the disc is starting to break down

    However on the driver side there was similar amounts of brake pad left, BUT NO Sensor??? Do they only fit them to one wheel now? OR has mine gone AWOL and been ripped out by the wheel???? However I could see no evidence of any cabling for that sensor???

    As there was still some wear left I tried to disconnect the other sensor, hoping it would stop that annoying light from coming on, and I was then gonna carry on driving until I heard scrapping noises lol However my plan failed as with the sensor disconnected, the light came on as soon as I touched the brake pedal (Clever Vauxhall) lol. So it looks as if I shall have to bite the bullet and take it in for replacement discs and Pads
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    Wear sensor is only on the passenger side Paul.

    If you've got plenty of meat on the pads and the light has come on, it could just be a dodgy/broken sensor wire. There's no problem driving with the light on, other than it annoying you. You can always twist the ends of the wire together to stop the light turning on and get the sensor wire replaced when you come to get the pads/discs replaced when they need it.

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    Thanks Ducan, and I was looking high and low for this sensor wire, as on my Vauxhall Astra GTE that had two sensors, one on each front wheel. I was beginning to think that somebody had removed it lol.

    Yes there are two wires, I thought the way it worked was that when the disc pad wears down it eats into the sensor and causes a short to ground though the disc, therefore I couldn't understand that if I disconnected the sensor connector, that would have immobilised it? But obviously it works in a different way to that? Your saying I have to connect both wires together, to keep the light off? So how does that work then?

    As both disc are badly corroded on the rear, with I would say half an inch of rust, so disc area reduced, I'd better just get them changed, after all the car has now done 65,000 miles

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    Get down to Kwik Fit, lifetime replacements on all disks and pads...

    If they are ****e just keep taking them back!!

    I took my Evo, then they realised you need new pad about every 6k due to the type of brake...

    Bargin, saved a fortune in the time I owned it!!

    Got to be worth a look at there prices?


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