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    Two questions - Bushings and Brakes

    1999 Opel Astra 1.4 16v 120k miles. 5 dr h/b.

    Bushings.

    When driving over bumps and rough roads, there is a knocking noise coming from the back, I am assuming due to the age of the car, that the bushings are gone. Are these hard to replace as in DIY job or is it better to bring it to a garage, I am very novice DIY boy.

    Handling is still good, so i think the shocks are still ok.

    Brakes.

    How do I breath life back into my brakes. Pads and Disks are in good condition, Pads are 10k miles old, lots of pad left. Brakes need alot of pressure on the pedal to stop the car and I have got into the habit of using engine braking alot by down shifting on the gears when slowing down.
    1.4 1999 Opel Astra 140,000 miles.
    Roll on 200,000 miles!

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    first of all check the exhaust isnt hitting off the rear beam.

    next up locate the rear brake bias valve (big spring above rear beam in centre) give this a liberal spraying with wd40 then a nice big dollop (technical term) of copper grease

    id be fairly sure ur knocking noise will be eliminated with one of these

    as for the brakes - ur best bet is to have the fluid changed and the system fully bled.
    Personally tho id be giving the calipers a full overhaul as the pistons may have seized in the bodies. cheap as chips to do and together with fresh fluid/bleeding youd probs find they work a treat....braided hoses would make a great improvement and maybe fresh discs and pads if ur feeling flush just so that everything is new and in optimum condition...

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    Thanks I never thought about checking for the spring.

    Am doing a service at the weekend so I will get it up on the ramps.

    Ill price braids and disks and see how much.

    Thanks for the advice.
    1.4 1999 Opel Astra 140,000 miles.
    Roll on 200,000 miles!

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