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Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by DIYspanner, 7 Oct 2018.

  1. DIYspanner

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    What's the preferred option these days for bedding brake pads in.

    Coppaslip, I've read, drys out and causes pads to stick so I presume ceramic grease is the way to go?

    Any better options?
     
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    I use ceratec now, never really had an issue with copper used sparingly though.
     
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    I've used the Ceretec stuff. Used to be £2/tube, now £5/tube.

    I've just been on ebay and got a 500g of Granville ceramic brake grease for £9.99 which should last a while
     
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    That's been my choice for a few years now.....actually remains where coppaslip doesn't - where the calipers rest on the brackets, particularly.
    John :)
     
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    +1 for that, reminds me my brakes are squealing a bit!
     
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    Time for a brake clean Eddie - and getting the rust off the caliper brackets with a file. Can't beat a good blast of compressed air for cleaning out brake drum systems - which is probably why I always end up filthy but 'proper' mechanics rely on liquid cleaner!
    John :)
     
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    Drums! good Lord!
     
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    Aye....drums! Not so common these days but suffer a lot less than rusty discs and sticking pads which is a common issue with the wrecks that come my way.
    Always a good move to lube the contact surfaces of the shoes, the same with the handbrake lever pivot and to turn the 'automatic' adjuster a couple of clicks just to help it along.
    John :)
     
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    Well the old girl has to go into the garage soon to have it's clouded headlights replaced, oh and the rad and the air con and the central locking and the rear parking sensors and the getting it out of park issue and the electric windows and the constant slow tyre deflation and the climate control console, apart from that it's mint (although could do with a damn good clean, as it smells a bit funny)
     
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    I bedded some rear pads in on an i20 a couple of years ago with Ceretec but had to redo the o/s at the weekend because they were stuck and the disc had rusted a bit.

    Mintex should really consider supplying a 500g tin of Ceretec. The tubes are not cost effective.

    Ceretec

    Granville
     
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    I'd guess the i20 has the disc/drum set up on the rear, similar to the Kia?
    John :)
     
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    Indeed it does John, disc/drum.

    A stupid idea in my opinion!
     
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    I'm a bit undecided about the design!
    I'm forever replacing rear discs and cleaning out the calipers - especially the VW stuff that need attention every year, unless the car does a high mileage. The state of some of them has to be seen to be believed! Try shifting the caliper bracket too....spline head bolts and tight as hell :cry:
    On the disc / drum type the shoes hardly ever wear out and the adjusters rarely seize (thankfully) and so long as they are adjusted tight the handbrake works well.
    A Toyota design has the drums exactly the same width as the shoe so the drum comes away easily - a good one. Try that with a Freelander :eek: I had to split the old discs off that one.
    Best, I think, to pull the caliper slide pins out and rubber grease them too - even if they do seem to slide ok.
    Curiously, the discs fitted to Kia /Hyundai are the best quality I've come across - and that includes Audi and BMW.
    Keep up the good work, Mr. Spanner - always enjoy your posts!
    John :)
     
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    I always enjoy reading the replies to the questions I ask.

    Wise men know they don't know everything! ......... and wise women just to keep it PC!
     
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