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    Signum is coming up to 30000 miles from new. Given much of this is motorway any guesses at when brakes should be renewed and is it ok to wait for warning light? Service is due in early September.

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    The warning only gets activated on the front left outer pad mate, so that's 7 pads that aren't monitored. The quickest pads to go tend to be the inner rears. I'd keep an eye on them from 30k onwards. HTH

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    I bought my vectra of my dad with 60000 miles on it and 90% of that was motorway miles the brakes pads hadnt been changed the warning light came on about 62000 and i changed front and back pads but i suppose everyones driving is different

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    Just replaced the front pads on the Vectra VXR.... £160+VAT for the set (and that was at trade price after 20% discount)...

    But the old pads were knackered and I could start to feel the difference in performance from new.

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    How long is a piece of string? Only way to know for sure is to visually inspect the pads and see how much meat is left on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    How long is a piece of string? Only way to know for sure is to visually inspect the pads and see how much meat is left on them.
    Exactly... and I've found in the past that the pads on the inside wear harder than the outside

    So, its good to get in and have a good look at them.

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    Plus if the warning light comes on, you'll have to replace the sensor as well.

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    Like others have said, the only way to tell is to eyeball them.

    Mine has done 33k-ish, mostly motorway too and when I checked over the weekend I'd say I have at least 50% left on the fronts & 30% on the rears, if that gives you any idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Plus if the warning light comes on, you'll have to replace the sensor as well.
    Nope - you can just snip the wires, connect them together and jobs a good-un. No need waste a tenner on a sensor that is easily replaced by your own mark 1 eyeball...

    Seriously - if you need to rely on a sensor to tell you when to change your brake pads, I'm not sure you should be driving a car at all....

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    Thanks for all the advice - will get to it this week

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