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    i Have a 2005 pre facelift vectra 3.2 and Wanted to change the rear pads and discs myself and couldnt find a how to?...Can it be done or do i need some sort of specialist tools..
    Havnt done any kind of work on the car before but after kwikfit messed me about im gonna try and do it myself..got alot of time on my hands anyway and can get a few mates down to help out..
    Is it easy? And could someone find me a how to for it..Been looking for agesssss and cant find it..
    Thanks any help would be much appreciated.

    Also could anyone recommend me some decent pads and dics..dont REALLLY want to go OVER THE TOP. thanks

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    Apparently to do the rear pads you (ideally) need a 'caliper rewind tool' as it would appear the pistons actually screw out to compensate for wear. Reading through a few posts on the subject though, many people have managed using various other tools such as grips, pliers, etc. Just to cover myself I got a rewind tool cheap enough off a certain auction site - might be worth looking into.

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    Yeh thats what i heard and this is why i didnt want to go to any of my local mechanics coz i doubt theyl have it and the only place is VX and i didnt want to pay there labour prices...
    What does this tool do? Thanks

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    Take a look at this :

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ZAFIRA-VECTRA-...d=p3286.c0.m14

    From what I can tell looking at mine (not needed to use it yet) I think it rotates the piston and screws it back into the caliper. But obviously with the pressure of fluid behind it, I suspect there's a good bit of effort involved in turning and pressing at the same time - hence the tool.
    The Haynes book also says to clamp the brake line while retracting the pistons and draining off the excess fluid (usual nipple and tube job) so as to prevent pushing fluid back up the brake line and damaging the ABS unit. Seems simple enough to me, and when topping up the fluid reservoir once you've changed the pads, you're also doing a partial replacement of the fluid, which has to be a good thing.

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    One other thing to very careful of, and I'm guilty, is when you re-fit the caliper to the carrier. Take extra care with the slider bolts as I cross threaded one of mine on the rear and a new one cost £12 some 18 months ago.

    I only took the caliper off to grease the back of the pads (plenty of life in them at the time) and the above happened. Still haven't changed the rear pads but am prepared for having to re-tap the thread.

    Don't let this put you off as many, many members have done theirs - I was just a bit unlucky I guess.

    This will certainly help you http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...ght=rear+brake but yes, you do need a rewind tool for the rears.

    HTH
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    Thanks all for the help..Much appreciated..Will ring up VX tommorow and ask them how much they want for labour...and IF Its not too much then ill just give it to them..Dont really feel confident to do it myself..But if its too much then maybe the confidence will come.. But yeh need to find a decent priced disc and pad set..
    Thanks agian for all your help..any more information will be wonderful.

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    If you do them yourself deffo best to use the rewind tool and also Vx do a disc and pad set for about £65 iirc.

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