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  1. Well you know what they say Chris "there is now such thing as a free lunch", they are probably hoping you put the car back in for all the work they mentioned in the condition report. Then the £25 will soon pale into significance when you see the bill they hit you with. Hope you're handy with the spanners or know a good indie. Still well done, the £25 is in your tank.
  2. As John correctly states, depends on your driving style, I got rid of my 15 year old Mercedes last year, had since new, still on original pads and discs with 55K miles on clock when sold. It will be interesting to see if the Lexus will be heavier on the brakes as my driving style will not change. I would say if you have already 44K miles on pads on discs then your driving style is spot on, anticipating the road ahead. I'm pretty sure the AA web site states if a car is driven in the proper manner , then one should expect at least 55K miles before requiring new pads.
  3. Hi Normski Having done my rear brake pads last week, I found because car sits so low the hardest bit was jacking up from rear diff and getting supports under each side. I notice you done one wheel at a time, did you work straight off jack ( I know this is frowned upon ) however I'm interested for future jobs, as slide pins will have to be inspected on a regular basis.
  4. Hi Paul Both pins on each caliper were in good condition, driver side caliper appeared to be very new so maybe had been replaced before I bought the car. The other caliper appeared to be original however no issues on removing it from the bottom slide pin. The grease remaining on the pins appeared black in colour, not having used red rubber grease before , I am unaware whether it turns black with age and the heat of the brakes. The pins that go through the pads on the passenger side had quite a bit of surface rust on them however came out with a bit of pulling with pliers. Cleaned with wire brush fitted to drill machine, cleaned up good with no pitting evident. I only use my car at the weekends and always keep it the garage, only have done approximately 2500 miles since getting the car, so I'm probably not the best person to ask.
  5. Well weather was good today, decided to have a go at replacing rear pads and greasing slide pins. Have had the car for a year and although the pads would have probably done at least another 6-12 months thought I better have a look at the slide pins after reading other members issues with seized calipers. The gods must have been smiling on me today, all went well, slide pins cleaned and re-greased with red rubber grease and new pads fitted. Haven't fitted brake pads for over 20 years so I'm well chuffed. Thanks for all members instructions, certainly made the job easier to.
  6. My car passed MOT with no advisories and I was hoping this was a sign all is well in this issue. After reading all the experienced members posts regarding the slide pins , I must admit I'm dreading having a look. Still waiting for slightly better weather to get the job tackled.
  7. If the slide pins are seized would this fail an MOT or is this not checked.
  8. Hard lines about your tyre, looks fairly new. Don't know for sure about MOT however for piece of mind I would certainly get it checked sooner rather than later. As Normski says a photo of the pothole to the council may reap some compensation. The state of the roads are becoming unbelievably bad, it is very difficult to drive anywhere with encountering numerous potholes, most of them being rather large and deep and very difficult to avoid. Whenever I go over them I always joke with my wife , the next vehicle I'm going to buy will be a tractor due to the road conditions. Bad that its happened however good you spotted it so quick, wouldn't want you to have a blowout while driving. Hope everything turns out OK for you.

    Had a chance to take some photos relating to pinch welds jacking points on rear of car. I can't believe a manufacturer would have put 3 holes(the biggest one being right on the correct position to place jack) albeit with rubber plugs in them in such close proximity to official jacking points, seems to me like an accident waiting to happen. Any opinions.
  10. Brake caliper slider/retainer pins

    Hi Colin This sounds like a good idea, leaving wheels on and presumably just running the the car onto ramps. Understand about being able to do fronts as both are bolts, however can you also lube rear bottom bolts with wheels on. Other members say with practice they can do all four corners in one hour, I must be real slow, it would take me an hour just jacking up and removing and replacing all wheels without doing any other work !! Your idea if I could do it certainly would save a bit of time. After re-greasing slide pins pins do you apply loctite to the threads(I seen this being done on American You tube ) or do you just leave them ?
  11. Bit of an interior change

    I usually like the wood effect however when I see the transformation you have performed on your vehicle, I must admit ,it looks fantastic and you should be well pleased with the finished result. I'm pretty sure many members will be envious of the look you have achieved. Well done you.

    Hi Jack Great visual example of movement on trolley jack when being used, which highlights the main reason for the jack pad being twisted and deformed, however as you stated in an earlier post, correct position for trolley jack is to be used from front or rear of vehicle. If used correctly and vehicle is lowered onto jack pads( hockey pucks) then I would expect no twisting or deformation would be evident as all force would be on a downward motion onto the jack pads. I've owned a trolley jack for many years and was never aware it should not be used from the side of the vehicle, so I'm very appreciative of the your helpful safety advice.

    Thanks Dave, sounds like a plan, good to get advice from someone with a vast amount of experience.

    Hi Colin I have never seen the top diagram showing the Rubber Attachment, this is really helpful . Many thanks

    Hi Dave Sounds like a good idea with the hockey pucks, I presume you place the cut across the diameter so that the puck is is equally spread across pinch weld flange. Jack had previously stated the outside of the pinch weld is weak compared to the inside, have you ever had any issues with this. I can understand Jack's reasoning as there is more surface area on inside. Any ideas what the holes filled with foam on the inner face of the pinch weld flange are for ? Thanks again for the advice.