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    i need to replace my brakes front and rear what would people recommend i want disc and pads

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    Same size I presume?

    Try www.autovaux.co.uk

    Generally the same product as Vx, or is a direct OEM match, but cheaper than Vx.

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    Changed mine on Friday. Got the parts from Autovaux as above. The brakes weren't badged VX but I suppose VX don't make their own. Fitted perfectly and followed the how2 on here. Caliper mounting bolts are very tight, the rear one's are difficult to get the leverage onto.

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    Hi all from a new member,

    Sorry to hijack the thread but thought it pointless starting a new one on the same subject, I am in the same position in that I am going to replace pads and discs all round on my 56 plate 1.9cdti signum.

    I have read the how 2's but was wondering can this job be done working under axle stands, the reason I ask is I have read on several other posts that the torque bolts on the pad carrier bracket are very tight I jacked the car up today and removed the rear wheel to have a quick look, there dosn't seem much room to get any leverage on these bolts unlike if the car was raised up on a lift when you can get a long bar and lever from under the car??

    Also does any one have the official Vauxhall torque settings for

    a. Pad carrier bracket bolts
    b. Slider bolts
    c. wheel nuts (17" alloys)

    Are the torque settings the same for both the front and back??

    Many Thanks.
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    how do i find out what size i need its a 52 plate elegance 1.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by steebdon View Post
    how do i find out what size i need its a 52 plate elegance 1.8

    You will have 285mm diameter vented front disks, and solid 279mm diameter rear disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff72 View Post
    Hi all from a new member,

    Sorry to hijack the thread but thought it pointless starting a new one on the same subject, I am in the same position in that I am going to replace pads and discs all round on my 56 plate 1.9cdti signum.

    I have read the how 2's but was wondering can this job be done working under axle stands, the reason I ask is I have read on several other posts that the torque bolts on the pad carrier bracket are very tight I jacked the car up today and removed the rear wheel to have a quick look, there dosn't seem much room to get any leverage on these bolts unlike if the car was raised up on a lift when you can get a long bar and lever from under the car??

    Also does any one have the official Vauxhall torque settings for

    a. Pad carrier bracket bolts
    b. Slider bolts
    c. wheel nuts (17" alloys)

    Are the torque settings the same for both the front and back??

    Many Thanks.
    Ste

    Yes, you can indeed do this task when the car is on axle stands; axle stands are what most of us on here use (I suppose some just use the jack..!), and if it wasn't good enough we'd all be stuck lol.

    The front caliper carrier uses bigger bolts than the rears, and hence requires more torque. The way to do it is to turn the steering wheel in the direction of the side that you are working on, i.e. if you are doing the front n/s brakes, before you jack up the car you turn the steering fully to the nearside. That way the calipers are pointing outwards from the car, hence you can fit your ratchet/wrench onto the carrier bolt and slide an extension bar onto it - the extension will not be hindered by the car bodywork.

    For the rear brakes, you obviously can't turn the rear wheels to face outwards, but the carrier bolts don't require as much torque, so a shorter extension will work, and there is enough room to turn it, between the ground and the underside of the car.

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    Ok cheers for that Jezzy, just wanted to be sure.

    Any ideas of the torque settings for the bolts (front and rear)

    Also what size E socket do I need for the front I am told its E20 for the rear.

    Cheers again for the help.
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    Look up "mtec" on ebay.. or type in "drilled grooved vectra" on there. cant go wrong, look nice, work well... thats if not upgrading size. if standard size all in for less then £90...

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    I believe the disc and pad set (front or rear) from vx is only around £60.00!!

    Also I really struggled with mine on axle stands with an extension bar, I ended up using ramps at my mates garage and even then the carrier bolt were a pain to get out!!

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