Anyone know if lucas brake pads are any good, i can get them quite cheap for my 1.8 astra and was wondering how good they are.
I had Lucas pads on the last car, they were fine, never faded and are actually an OEM supplier for a lot of car manufacturers
Squeaky pads tend to be due to poor fitting, as the squeak is usually due to the pad 'rattling' against the piston. A little copper grease on the BACK of the pad will cure this (indeed copper grease is sold in some outlets as 'antisqueal compound')
The pads I fitted to my Renault had antisqueal padding on the back of them anyway, so I would presume that Lucas know which calipers are prone to squeal and which are not. I copper slip all my brakes, as it make the pads easier to assemble and disassemble
Yep, the good old anti-squeal shim. I used to have issues with the Luca calipers on the front of my Laguna, where the shim would bind up the pad making it jam. Rally style red hot disks.
I don't think Vauxhall fit the shims, do they?
They have the horrid clips on the front to prevent squeal and on the rear there is a stainless shim.
I've not had problems with the brakes on the Astra's, the Megane brakes were not much cop anyway, so I stuck on some Hi-Spec 300mm ones instead
All the Renaults I had had pretty feeble brakes. They worked fine around town, but try coming to a stop off a motorway sliproad from 90-ish and see how they fare.
The Laguna ones wre pretty bad, even with new discs and pads - would fade to nothing at about 30mph if you were stopping from 80. That was a 2.2d '95 Laguna.
The brakes on the 1.9d Clio I had were downright dangerous. No back bias at all, and the fronts locked up if you breathed near them.
LOL, them clips on the astra calipers are a barstuard! Especially after youve just painted your calipers, Theres no way your getting them back on withought scratches .
Oh and STeve, I think you should put a disclaimer on your post about anti squeal paste aka copper coat. I can just forsee some numb head putting it all over there disc!
LOL! Fair point mate. I think I have finally sussed a foolproof method of fitting the front brake clips when I did the brakes on Davey's Zaff today.
It would be too hard to explain on here, but basically you have to think a little laterally and get the ends of the spring in the holes in the caliper first.