Changing rear brake discs and pads, LC180

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Changing rear brake discs and pads, LC180

Postby RADAR_ONTOP on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:08 pm

Hey guys,

My Leon Cupra 180 is due its MOT next week and looking at the rear brake discs, I think they may need replacing. Could anyone tell me how much I should have roughly left on them to pass an MOT? Was thinking of trying to change them myself -is it difficult? Does anyone have any idea how much the stealers would charge for new discs and pads?
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Postby Toxic on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:13 pm

The back discs are easy enough but you will need a Brake calliper wind back tool. Halfrauds sell em.

it is usually about 6mm-8mm on most cars, this is including the Pad back plate. any smaller and the pads becomes weak and crack.

like this.

http://www.linksysinfo.co.uk/files/pics/pad.jpg


some good advise here: http://www.alcester-racing-sevens.com/rear_brake_pads.htm though its not from a leon, but it has the main instructions.
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Postby RADAR_ONTOP on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:27 pm

Thats awesome mate, thenks for the advice! D'ya reckon it would be pricey at the dealers?
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Postby Toxic on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:41 pm

yeah dealers would be pricey. if you want OEM/Original Disc/Pads try eurocarparts or german sedish and french car parts. they would be far cheaper than the Dealers for parts.

http://www.eurocarparts.com/

http://www.eurocarparts.com/branch_locations.htm

http://www.gsfcarparts.com/
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Postby dannyk on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:42 pm

Just changed my rear discs and pads last week, pads were £17 and discs £27 from Autosave. As toxic says you will need the wind-back tool. I bought a set from a specialist tool shop as the ones that halfards stocks is not for the vag range. It is easy to do tho.

If you have any difficulties with it pm me.

Hope that helps

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Postby Toxic on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:45 pm

Danny, the one i got from the halfords here fitted mine. maybe they had a different stock.
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Postby dannyk on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:49 pm

Maybe, i asked if they stocked any for other vehicles but they said no? Looking at the kit i bought theres not much difference in some onf the adaptors so i'm not surprised your one fits no bother. the kit is way more than i needed and about 3 times the price too!!! wish i'd bought the halfrauds one now!!:(

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Postby Toxic on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:52 pm

Eurocarparts sell them as well at 22 quid though i dont think i paid that much for them. it was some time ago however..
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Postby DodgyDave on Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:52 pm

Give Jim/Brian at http://www.starperformance.co.uk a call.

I do a 60+mile eachway trip to them, cheaper than a dealer and they do normal servicing/repairs not just the hi-end tuning :)

If you do call them let them know that "Dave with the stoptech's sent ya" :)


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Postby Mutttley on Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:14 pm

RADAR_ONTOP wrote

My Leon Cupra 180 is due its MOT next week and looking at the rear brake discs, I think they may need replacing. Could anyone tell me how much I should have roughly left on them to pass an MOT? Was thinking of trying to change them myself -is it difficult?

The MOT doesn't look at the discs or pads, it just tests whether they work or not. So long as your handbrake and footbrake still stop the rear wheels from turning, you will pass the MOT.

Changing discs and pads is relatively easy. The discs themselves are mainly held on by the wheel bolts, and have only a single countersunk screw holding them in place once the wheel is off. However, since this probably hasn't moved since the car was assembled, it might be rusted in. Have an impact screwdriver ready, just in case.

To change pads you will need to wind back the caliper piston down the threaded handbrake rod. You can do this with circlip pliers and a lot of persistance, but you'll be swearing at them by the end of it. Get a windback tool.

Remember to keep an eye on the level in the brake fluid reservoir as you wind the pistons back. You will probably need to take some out - a chicken baster thing (big syringe with a rubber bulb on the end) is good for this.
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