Changing front discs on an old car.

Changing front discs on an old car.

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Riley26

Original Poster:

179 posts

84 months

Thursday 17th June
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Is it possible to change front brake discs on an old car. 51 plate. The car grinds when heavy braking and think is the discs.


Or is every thing just too rusty etc?

Gad-Westy

11,628 posts

180 months

Thursday 17th June
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Yeah. Won't be an issue. All of that crusty stuff won't be touched. The discs might be a little stuck on and need a little gentle persuasion but no big deal.

The grinding noise is more likely your pads though. I'd suggest doing those too.

Bennet

1,575 posts

98 months

Thursday 17th June
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Old? 51 plate? Pah!
tongue out

Riley26

Original Poster:

179 posts

84 months

Thursday 17th June
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Thanks would a garage need to asses before doing. I'm guessing the grinding is coming from there.

Tre Zero

440 posts

7 months

Thursday 17th June
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Remove 1 wheel and take a look , or take a pic so we can judge the pads .

Limpet

4,739 posts

128 months

Thursday 17th June
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Easy enough if you take your time and use good quality tools.

Make sure you have a good crosshead screwdriver with a boss for a ring spanner to deal with the (probable) set screws that locate the discs on the hub.

Probably worth giving the calliper bolts and calliper carrier bolts a blast of penetrating fluid a day or two before you do the work as well.

Baldchap

4,453 posts

59 months

Thursday 17th June
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Honestly, barring wheel nuts it'll be maximum four bolts and a screw or two.

No problems for a garage or handy friend.

Riley26

Original Poster:

179 posts

84 months

Thursday 17th June
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Thanks would the garage need to have a look at it or just book in for brakes? It got an advisory last time on the brake discs being slightly pitted/corroded but not weakened.

Mave

6,924 posts

182 months

Thursday 17th June
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If you don't want to investigate, just book it in. They'll take a look, then ring you to let you know what they think needs doing, then get the bits in and do it. Unless it's something desperatly unusual I expect they would order up the parts in the morning, get them delivered lunch time, and fit them in the afternoon.

Riley26

Original Poster:

179 posts

84 months

Thursday 17th June
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Thanks was just worried with the age of the car it might not be doable.

Riley26

Original Poster:

179 posts

84 months

Thursday 17th June
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Any idea of an average cost it's a 51 plate Suzuki swift. weighing up whether worth sorting with the age of the car. Thanks

Scrump

14,679 posts

125 months

Thursday 17th June
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It is only 20 years old!

Mave

6,924 posts

182 months

Thursday 17th June
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One of our vehicles is on an S plate (from the 70s!), most service parts are still available same day smile

Gad-Westy

11,628 posts

180 months

Thursday 17th June
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Riley26 said:
Any idea of an average cost it's a 51 plate Suzuki swift. weighing up whether worth sorting with the age of the car. Thanks
It shouldn't cost that much and this is routine service work, it's not exactly the sort of thing you'd normally send a car to the scrapper over.

Riley26

Original Poster:

179 posts

84 months

Thursday 17th June
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Thanks!

Welshbeef

44,889 posts

165 months

Thursday 17th June
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Euro car parts

Cheapest discs £32
Cheapest pads £35

Also then you in the discount codes.

If you don’t have the tools nor the diy ability/confidence then ask a friend/family member to help (car throttle has the non car guy chance discs and pads all round on a car without help took him 3 hours 4 corners.).

freddytin

1,171 posts

194 months

Thursday 17th June
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Riley26 said:
Any idea of an average cost it's a 51 plate Suzuki swift. weighing up whether worth sorting with the age of the car. Thanks
That's about £50 , inc. parts If it req, disks add another £40


Edited by freddytin on Thursday 17th June 22:47

TriumphStag3.0V8

1,690 posts

48 months

Thursday 17th June
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Couple of hours labour at a local garage should be no more than £150 + VAT depending where you are in the country so should be no more than £300 all in.

You could ring round a couple of garages for a price to "supply and fit front disks and pads"

Age of car is generally no barrier to getting parts, and a 51 plate is not * that * old. Euros has those disks and pads in stock at many of it's branches.

softtop

2,907 posts

214 months

Friday 18th June
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Depending on the vehicle, you may need a special tool that is a 7mm allen key on a handle.

aka_kerrly

11,924 posts

177 months

Friday 18th June
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Bennet said:
Old? 51 plate? Pah!
tongue out
Must admit when I saw the thread title then the OP's Forum name I was expecting a car to be Pre 1951 not a 2001laugh

Discs/pads can be done cheaply and are certainly not a reason to consider scrapping a car unless it's on it's absolute last legs with a substantial list of ailments.