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    Sort it or Flogg it?

    Hello all,

    The other day I noticed a kind of grinding noise in the cabin (had the stereo off for a change). After more carefull listening and after consulting a friend ex-mechanic, it was concluded that it is related to tired bearing, most likely the front side (the car, T99 LS 1.6 16v 5-door Hatch, is getting very close to the magical 100K).

    I am quite happy with the car and was planning keeping it for at least another couple of years, hence a recent visit (about 4k miles ago) to vauxhall for a major service, cambelt kit, and waterpump change, that set me back about £350.

    As an extreme measure towards eliminating the grinding noise, considering the milage and any potential problems that may arise if not tackled, I was thinking to replace the following parts:

    Front Wheel Hubs
    Front Brake Disks (Vented, Dia 256mm, Thickness 24mm)
    Front Brake Pads (set of 4)
    CV Boots (outer)
    Rear Wheel Hubs
    Rear Brake Drums
    Rear Brake Shoes

    Should I feel like spending a bit more, I may also consider changing the suspension to Koni.

    What sort of labour costs (in terms of time) should I expect to be charged for? Are there any other parts to consider changing while working on the areas related to the parts above?

    The rest of the car (including the engine side of it) is in very good condition.
    My plan was to keep keep the car for another 2 years or so.
    Do you think it is worth the effort? or should I flogg it for another astra?

    Cheers,
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    front and rear disks pads drums and shoes are v easy to do yourself with a quick read of a haynes manual only thing i would take it to garage for is cv's,

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    Seems a bit of an overkill to replace all that on the list when there's nothing wrong with it - ie changing the rears when the noise is comming from the front??? There's really no point changing standard parts for standard parts - upgrading would be different

    If your happy with the car, then get the bad bits fixed and keep it.

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    Hello,

    I know it's an overkill... but if I go for new suspension, I might as well sort out the bearing if it needs it. (I've got a bit of a weird tyre wear on the rear side, after 30K miles, 4-5mm left, 6-7mm right, which could be attributed to dodgy wheel bearing).

    Cheers,
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    if it aint broke dont fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A5TRA16V
    if it aint broke dont fix it.
    I've heard this saying before... GF comes to mind
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