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Pads & Disks

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by cocothecat, Nov 25, 2009.

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    cocothecat Senior Member

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    Can anyone recommend me a decent supplier and make for brake pads and disks? Mine are looking like they need to be replaced. W208

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    Pads and Discs

    Hi,

    I've a W208 320 T with approx 97K. I've replaced the fronts twice and rears once. Its about £105 for a set of front or rear pads and discs. MB parts seem reasonably priced but fit them independently to avoid high labour charge. Last time I bought generics from the company that supply MB (marginal saving, reportedly slightly better braking, venting on the disc and wear but will need more time to see if this plays out.) 42k (originals) 31K (replacement MB) and 24 so far from generics.

    Just make sure they tighten the caliper bolts properly and replace the sensors (couple of pounds each).

    bw

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    The big boys may have better advice re generics I just chose to keep it simple.
     
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    Just replaced the ones on the 211.
    Got them from eurocarparts. Various makes, Texar, Pagid etc. All are basically the same as far as I could tell. They're all made by the same firm anyway and most of these brands are OEM. Bought Pagid pads and disks for just under £100 delivered.
     
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    Just checking out eurocarparts now :)
     
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    Also check your local motor factor that supplies the motor trade,, they keep good brands including Zimmerman (OE) and all TMD parts
     
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    europarts are good. So im told,buy any discs but always buy quality pads as cheapys are not good !
    It was only 8 quid more for branded over made godknows where !
     
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    eurocarparts, gsf and brakepartsinternational are all good.
     
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    I wrestled with this one as the pagid pads were a lot cheaper than the texar ones. Bought them anyway in the end as I suspect they are the same, just in a different box. Seem very good. Swapped over and tested and the car felt as good as it had before. Possibly they'd fade earlier on a track or after a few hours of agressive B road action, but on the M1, its not really a concern.
     
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    Hi,
    I to can reccomend Euro's, but I bought the more expensive disc and pads of the options available, but still very cheap at under £115 for front and rear discs and pads.
    Don,t forget to buy a new wear sensor, brake disc securing bolt, and caliper bolts (these are supposed to be replaced everytime they are undone) though I believe this is just because the threads of these bolts are impregnated with thread lock.
     
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    Interesting - TBH if you change the pads before the light comes on then the wear sensor should be reusable. I reused mine.
    As for bolts. I wondered about this. The box of pads wasn't in the best condition when it arrived and there were 2 bolts rolling around in the big box the package came in. I wasn't sure what these were for until I'd stripped it down and then realised that I had 2 old bolts and only one new one for each side so I reused one old one on teh bottom and put one new one in the top. This will annoy the next guy that strips it down as they're different head sizes but anyway. I guess provided they don't come adrift they'll be fine. These bolts don't take any strain to speak of so I can't see it being a safety issue. A tube of threadlock would be worthwhile though. I didn't have any to hand but had I, I would have put some on the old bolt and also the caliper cradle bolts.
    Not sure why you'd replace the disk securing screw though. It doesn't do much aside from stopping the disk rattling around when the wheel is off and I just reused mine. After all, once the wheel is on, it doesn't do anything at all.
     
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    Yes the single wire sensors are quite robust and easily re usable if the plastic has not worn through.

    The twin wire type are quite fragile, but again there is nothing wrong with re using them if the warning lamp is not on.

    Re the Pads,, it is against the law for any motor factor to sell brake pads in a box that have been opened.

    New bolts should be used as they are classified as a safety item, but sure many re use with a little red loctite., on most MB's you only remove the sliding carrier, and not the bolts when changing the pads,,but you do when changing the disc.

    The little screw does no more that to keep the disc in place when the wheel is off,, if the head is butchered, then replace it as it will make it easier the next time round
     
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    Hi,
    I have read several articles regarding the bolts that they should only be used the once, though agree with malc i have always used them again but with a drop of loctite, i spoke regarding the sensor and disc securing bolt because both times i have done mine (before pad wear light was on) they broke, thought i was heavy handed first time so was careful the second time it still broke. I would rather have spare sat in my tool box then have to take the wheel off again and for the price of them its not worth worrying about same as the disc securing screw.
    When i bought my pads ECP automatically ordered the disc screw and sensor anyway, just asked me when i paid if i wanted them.
     
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    I agree Andy that is is worth having the spare sensors , even if you do not use them,,they can go very brittle.
     

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