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#1 Halloween Jack

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 09:59 PM

Does anybody know what intervals the brake pads/disks should be replaced (Focus 1.8 petrol, front disks, rear drums).
Think it may be the weather but the rear brakes were stuck on today and front making grinding noise.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 10:17 PM

Does anybody know what intervals the brake pads/disks should be replaced (Focus 1.8 petrol, front disks, rear drums).
Think it may be the weather but the rear brakes were stuck on today and front making grinding noise.


before or when they reach the legal limit...wouldnt say there is a time limit for replacement it just depends on wear.

it might be worth popping the drums off for a look and give the brakes a good clean.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 08:36 AM

its not a legal limit, just a reccomended limit to brakes...illegal is not working!! crap eh

Sounds like your rear brakes need a service and the relevant parts lubricating as the cold is keeping them locked on....as you release the handbrake a spring pushes the shoes off the drum...but the shoes can stick to the back plate with enough force that the springs do nothing!!

White spray grease is excellent for this...remove drums, free off any parts, check wear in shoes and drum, ensure no leaks from cylinders, then gently and firmly lever the shoe away from the back plate, spray the grease on the spots where the shoes rub, the grease then drys, gently lever the shoes back in place, clean off any excess on the shoes and refit :)

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:08 PM

surely with brake pads if they are down to the metal near enough they will fail an mot so that makes them illegal then? no?

is it not 1.5mm for brake pads?

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 04:38 PM

surely with brake pads if they are down to the metal near enough they will fail an mot so that makes them illegal then? no?

is it not 1.5mm for brake pads?

you sure the gring from the front wasnt just the surface rust being removed by the pad that would be normal it should go away after a few brakes the rears may have stuck due to water getting in the inspection hole and freezing there was a revised cover that was meant to stop this could just be the weather

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 09:07 PM

Cheers everyone, rear brakes not got stuck since the snow has gone.
Due to be ripped off for a service in 2k miles at main dealer, hopefully they will check the brakes !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 06:49 PM

Can anyone recommend any websites to buy brakes? Or do I just get the original ford brakes from Ford?

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:03 PM

Can anyone recommend any websites to buy brakes? Or do I just get the original ford brakes from Ford?


I have used http://www.brakeparts.co.uk/ in the past and did receive and excellent service but i tend to just go to my local motor factors and get them. personally i would never go to ford because i feel i can get parts of the same or better quality at a much more reasonable price.

if you want ford parts, give this place a try. http://www.fordpartsuk.com/default.htm they are well known on here and i use them regularly to get spares. highly recommended, fantastic service. i think on brake parts, they can generally save you about 25%

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:09 PM

Ah thanks, yeah I've come across that website you gave. But I didn't know whether to trust it. I'm not too familiar with my local motor stores so I'll do a bit more research in case I get ripped off.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:11 PM

Ah thanks, yeah I've come across that website you gave. But I didn't know whether to trust it. I'm not too familiar with my local motor stores so I'll do a bit more research in case I get ripped off.


its worth phoning round a few of your local factors, get some prices. if they are all about the same then you are probably not getting ripped off.

fordpartsuk are good but they are off until the 4th of january.

what year of focus is it? what parts are you looking for?

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:20 PM

2003 focus

I'm a new driver so I don't have any knowledge about car parts and stuff. I've been reading around and analyzed my brakes so I think it is probably the brake pads that's worn. But my brake discs are also quite rusty so I think I'll change that too.

I think my car has been neglected by the previous driver. I don't think it has been serviced for a sad 2-3 years. There are quite a few things that is not running well and I want to get to the bottom of all of it.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:25 PM

2003 focus

I'm a new driver so I don't have any knowledge about car parts and stuff. I've been reading around and analyzed my brakes so I think it is probably the brake pads that's worn. But my brake discs are also quite rusty so I think I'll change that too.

I think my car has been neglected by the previous driver. I don't think it has been serviced for a sad 2-3 years. There are quite a few things that is not running well and I want to get to the bottom of all of it.


If you are fitting yourself or have a mate who can fit brake pads/discs you will save a fortune on garage costs.

if its just front discs and pads, standard 258mm diameter i would expect to pay 70-80 from a motor factors.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 09:14 PM

dont spend cash you dont need to siurface rust on discs is normal as the brakes scrub this off the first few presses if they arent badly pitted or cracked and they arent thin then youll be wasting money putting new discs on leave the new ones in the rain for a day or two and the surface rust re appears if you have alloys look down there at the front and youll easily see the pads and if they are thin or not if they arent thin or down to the metal youre fine for the reasr apply the handbrake and try to push the car backwards have someone sitting in the drivers side to apply the brakes if needed if it wont budge youre shoes are likely fine as well

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 10:53 PM

surely with brake pads if they are down to the metal near enough they will fail an mot so that makes them illegal then? no?

is it not 1.5mm for brake pads?



nope, crazy enough, but if they work and the MOT man can't see the pads, IE wheel trims completely covering, then he can't remove anything to inspect and could only advise...however it is likely that a good MOT man guna use mirror and LED light to have good look!

He was referring to problem with rear drums/shoes tho, so that was what I was reffering to!

No legal limit though (you were saying 1.5mm) however there is a advisory the MOT man can issue on the pads if below 2mm I think, and advisories are stated to be done within 6months...but not much that realy, 2mm!



As to parts, I would always reccomend local motor factors :)

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 11:07 PM

nope, crazy enough, but if they work and the MOT man can't see the pads, IE wheel trims completely covering, then he can't remove anything to inspect and could only advise...however it is likely that a good MOT man guna use mirror and LED light to have good look!

He was referring to problem with rear drums/shoes tho, so that was what I was reffering to!

No legal limit though (you were saying 1.5mm) however there is a advisory the MOT man can issue on the pads if below 2mm I think, and advisories are stated to be done within 6months...but not much that realy, 2mm!



As to parts, I would always reccomend local motor factors :)


that is pretty crazy! then again the whole, no mot for the first 3 years is also crazy imo. think of all the drivers who can do 100k miles in a year...hmm but thats another matter for another time.

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