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    Default Brake pad warning light comes on...

    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

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    my brakes seem 2 be squikin really bad when a brake got new pads in is it the discs can any one help me please

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulvectrac View Post
    my brakes seem 2 be squikin really bad when a brake got new pads in is it the discs can any one help me please
    Sounds like whomever did the work didn't apply the required copper grease to the relevant contact points...such as where the pads slide along the caliper and where the caliper piston makes contact with the back of the pads.

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    that could be a possibility mate every time i go over a bump it sounds as if the pad is rattalin in the caliper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas1 View Post
    Sounds like whomever did the work didn't apply the required copper grease to the relevant contact points...such as where the pads slide along the caliper and where the caliper piston makes contact with the back of the pads.
    Not sure if its a sale pitch or not but i was at a mechanics trade fair recently and the topic came up about copper grease on esp equiped vehicles. Apparently copper grease can interfere with the esp so you need non metalic based heat proof grease. They did give us samples to try but i havent had any problems previous. Although food for thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedyjanner View Post
    Not sure if its a sale pitch or not but i was at a mechanics trade fair recently and the topic came up about copper grease on esp equiped vehicles. Apparently copper grease can interfere with the esp so you need non metalic based heat proof grease. They did give us samples to try but i havent had any problems previous. Although food for thought
    Not sure about that, I have never had problems with copper grease and my local VX dealer uses massive quantities of the stuff, they have even recomended using it on the contact points for your alloys to the disc/hub to stop them corroding on!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    They had found a set of front pads and discs for £75, which seemed rather cheap, from VX Linwood
    that price is about right (£65 +vat) for the disc and pad kit for an axle set, all kits are this price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davree View Post
    Not sure about that, I have never had problems with copper grease and my local VX dealer uses massive quantities of the stuff, they have even recomended using it on the contact points for your alloys to the disc/hub to stop them corroding on!!
    As I said I haven't had any problems but my signum is the first with ESP. Between your alloys and hub is no probs as it has no contact with the brakes but the pads are a different matter. They could cause a problem, well they put a convincing argument at the display anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJ sxi-nav View Post
    that price is about right (£65 +vat) for the disc and pad kit for an axle set, all kits are this price.
    Seems rather cheap, as the front pads alone in my service history and from Part Department are £65
    They then checked the price of the discs and they were £42 each
    Parts Department were also baffled by it, certainly got a shrug of the shoulders from everyone

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