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How much roughly do you think Kwik Fit would charge for replacing my front brake pads, rear brake shoes and sort out the tracking for my 1.3 mrk2 astra?

Would consider doing my front pads myself, and maybe even the rear shoes (if i was feeling adverterous :D), but i cant exaclty do the tracking can i??

How much would they just sort out the tracking on its own?

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come round to my house Adam one day this week,

i got someone who will swap over the brakes well cheap like £15 for front and backs then just go up the road u can get ur tracking done for £8 i think
 

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Front brake pads is a real easy job, take it you have never done them before ?
It wont take you 15 minutes a side, the pads are only held in by two long pins that need to be tapped out.
You can get a punch to do this, or I use a screwdriver.
Have a bash and one job at least, that the only way you will learn.
I'll never, never, never take my car to Kwik Fit as I have been standing behind a mechanic there as he told my mate he needed new pads and discs ASAP when he had a tyre fitted.
There was **** all wrong, we had only changed them 3 months ago !!!!!!!

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Davcohen said:
come round to my house Adam one day this week,

i got someone who will swap over the brakes well cheap like £15 for front and backs then just go up the road u can get ur tracking done for £8 i think
Matey that sounds good!

Ill chat to you bout it on MSN!

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Paul Elwell said:
Front brake pads is a real easy job, take it you have never done them before ?
It wont take you 15 minutes a side, the pads are only held in by two long pins that need to be tapped out.
You can get a punch to do this, or I use a screwdriver.
Have a bash and one job at least, that the only way you will learn.
I'll never, never, never take my car to Kwik Fit as I have been standing behind a mechanic there as he told my mate he needed new pads and discs ASAP when he had a tyre fitted.
There was **** all wrong, we had only changed them 3 months ago !!!!!!!

Paul
I havent ever done em before matey, but i am willing to try! But i wanted to get the tracking done aswell, so thought might aswell let them do the brakes.

But i know what u mean about Kwik Fit, the one near me is a little dodgy to say the least!

But if Dav can sort out tracking at a place near him, then ill do the pads myself.

How easy would you say the rear shoes are to change?

I keep hearing sommit about you have to squeeze/clip a pipe or u get covered in oil ?!?!?!!??!

Any help would be great!

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Covered in oil?
Someone's pulling your leg mate!
Perhaps your confusing removing the rear brake calipers?
These will stay in place for taking the shoes off.
Rear shoes are a bit more complex to do than front pads IMO.
Best you have a haynes manual with you just to look how it all goes together.
Bit of a rough guide :-

1. Losen wheel nuts
2. Jack up rear of car
3. Remove wheel
4. Remove screw holding drum in place
5. Take one hammer and smack drum to get it off
6. Have cup of tea (LOL!)
7. Make a mental note of the position of the (two?) springs that are joining the shoes together. Remove these.
8. Using a pair of plyers, remove the four clips that hold the shoes in place
9. Put the whole lot back together again

The above is not a very good guide, but you should get the gist!
Sometimes the hardest part is removing the drums. On mine I had to slacken the handbrake adjuster off to get the drum of.
Have a bash and log on to MIG if you have any trouble.

Paul
 

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Thanks for the info matey.

I think thats what they were on about, the calipers.

So i dont need to touch these when doing the rear?

I think i might have a crack at the front pads myself, and then get the wheels aligned.

Ill then probably then have a go at the rear shoes, but ill probably be back on here asking more questions :D

What pads should i get? Halfords own? Are Ferrodo any good?

Thanks again for the info matey.

BigKingy.
 
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