For the last two weeks I have noticed a deterioration in braking performance
It got so bad last week I was having to leave about double the distance to any vehicles in front, so if anyone pulled in I was having to brake no matter what was behind me!
I have been looking at the brake material, front and rear, and there looked like about 4mm on the front, whilst the rear were at about 6mm having been replaced just two months ago
On Saturday I started looking at my schedule to see when was a good day to book the car in, and was going to phone my usual VX dealership for an inspection
However, the brake pad warning light came on whilst out and about, but sadly the Service Department had just closed!
Usually at this point I have about 1 month before the front brake pads are right down to the ABSOLUTE minimum!
So I therefore phoned on Monday and booked my car in for Tuesday
Duly took the car in on this morning and after waiting an hour was advised the inside edges of the front pads were down to zero!
The poor brake performance was due to the front discs being down to their limit was well, which wasn't bad considring they had had four sets of front pads on them
I normally replace discs with every second set of pads, but the VX protection plan only pays for necessary work
I reminded the dealership of the hassle previously getting the correct parts, which they never see to carry in stock!
Due to the urgency to replace the pads and discs they were going to make every effort to source a set for refitting same day...
They had found a set of front pads and discs for £75, which seemed rather cheap, from VX Linwood but confirmed they were the correct ones for the 3.0 V6 CDTI
However they wouldn't be available until approx 15:30
I left the car and the job was completed at 16:00
A vast improvement over previous visits taking three visits, where the car is booked in for inspection (oh yes, the light is on, you need front brake pads - doh, I could have told you that over the phone!), wrong parts arriving, and a third booking to fit the correct parts