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Thu May 10, 2012 3:43 pm PostPost subject: brake advice needed
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folk although being a poor marshal I dont run a high spec car I could still do with a bit of advice, car is a bog standard 05 plate almera 1.5 and the anchors are shit TBH. I replaced the discs and pads 2 years ago as they were scored to feck and the new ones feel like they are made of teflon

been pricing up and spoke to the lovely Carol Brown at livingston autoparts who reckoned on mintex pads and discs about 85 or do I go for EBC discs and greenstuff pads at just over 100 (that includes a discount EBC do for marshals), the car is only used on road and TBH i dont drive it that hard but i do expect half decent stoppage as I almost t-boned a hearse the other day when the brakes were stone cold

so opinions please
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Thu May 10, 2012 3:49 pm PostPost subject:
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I have the cheapest discs & pads Dingbro could supply on my A6 & it stopps on a dime.
Ever had the fluid changed?
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Thu May 10, 2012 4:11 pm PostPost subject:
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I'd go for the mintex over EBC <pish>

Fee used to run the generic Mintex pads (extreme maybe) on the rears till she changed the caliper setup.

I run mitex pads and motorfactor (dingbro) discs on the rear of the Impreza Laughing
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Thu May 10, 2012 4:32 pm PostPost subject:
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fluid was changed at the same time discs and pads were, car has only done 6k in 2 years
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Thu May 10, 2012 4:50 pm PostPost subject:
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EBC are pish

I'm a Mintex or Ferodo man
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Thu May 10, 2012 5:17 pm PostPost subject:
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Ive never seen any advantage in anything other than the cheapest disks going.

Pads Id agree with not liking ebc, I always go for mintex where possible.

Personally, on a road car I wouldnt piss around with disks and pads, find something bigger which bolts on. Any uprated pad is going to be worse from cold unless you go for something like 1144s.

Not sure if theres a bolt on upgrade from the gti or maybe primeras which would give you a slight increase in piston size and disk diameter.
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Thu May 10, 2012 7:09 pm PostPost subject:
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Servo working ok? Might have a vacuum leak causing poor performance.
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Thu May 10, 2012 7:36 pm PostPost subject:
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the thing passed a mot in april no probs but I just feel that on the approach to a roudabout or if i need a bit of stoppage on a twisty B road doing 60 they just dont fill me with confidence

it could be that as I dont do many miles between trips to knockhill the pads are getting glazed or grotty as they did feel a lot better come sunday than they did on friday, my style of driving is to use engine braking as much as possible and carry speed through corners, on the old car I could get 30k from a set of front pads
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Thu May 10, 2012 11:19 pm PostPost subject:
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I'd say strip, clean and grease them, make sure there's no corrosion under the shims, make sure all the slides are ok and sand the pad and disc faces then give them a bed in
You are maybe not using them enough, light braking will prob be polishing the faces up, I'm not saying cook them but good to get them working a bit then see how they are
If they were drivetec brakes u got then yeah maybe the pads are shit but likes of Delphi stuff is usually decent
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Wed May 16, 2012 10:36 pm PostPost subject:
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Gord wrote:
EBC are pish

I'm a Mintex or Ferodo man


I am a newbie here but here is my tuppence worth.

Any thread i've ever read says bad things about EBC (although i have never tried them).

I have ferodo ds 2500's with cheapo delphi discs on my 306 and they seem really good on track and road.
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Thu May 17, 2012 8:02 am PostPost subject:
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davetrac-prep wrote:
I'd say strip, clean and grease them, make sure there's no corrosion under the shims, make sure all the slides are ok and sand the pad and disc faces then give them a bed in
You are maybe not using them enough, light braking will prob be polishing the faces up, I'm not saying cook them but good to get them working a bit then see how they are
If they were drivetec brakes u got then yeah maybe the pads are shit but likes of Delphi stuff is usually decent


This!

First port of call should be making sure that the system in its entirity is in good condition.

Does your almera have Drums at the rear? A weeping brake cyl can cause horrible pedal feel.

I'd check all calipers (and drums, if any present) for wear.
Check all flexi and solid brake lines for leaks
Make sure all caliper pistons are free to move.
Change the Brake Fluid

ans only once you find issues should you start buying bits:)

A 2005 car is now 7yrs old, and getting towards the end of its projected service life.

I tend to drive like you- engine braking and conservation of momentum etc- so give my brakes a 3 monthly inspection-just so I know they're up to it if needed

thats just my thoughts.. oh and EBC Redstuffs seem to work well on my brothers 328i But mintex are good too.

If going for performance pads, follow the bed in procedures for them as supplied
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