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    Poo Brakes

    I've got a 1.6 16v SXI which is in the garage at the mo since a caliper has seized. I've noticed for a while that the brakes are just utter shite to be honest. It's a real effort to stop quickly from speed and there's just no urgency to them. There not what I would describe as spongy as theres plenty of pressure in the pedal and it's recently had decent pads on etc. they just don't seem to work very well.

    If I had to stop in an emergency I don't know if I would be able to. Anyone have a similar problem or know what could be causing it? They often squeam quite embarrasingly too...

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    Mine are the same, im thinking of uprating the brake lines to braided items, and maybe better calipers when funds allow. possibly even Dot 5.1 fluid.
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    Yeah, Can't help but thinking it must be a fault though. At work we have an astra van which I've driven and they're brilliant on that (51 plate). Mines only a 2000 (V Reg)

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    When was the brake fluid last changed?

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    No idea. Could it be that?

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    After a few years (2 iirc) the brake fluid looses its effectivness (spl) so is recommend to be change.

    I got mine change 2weeks ago and made a big difference to braking.

    Worth a shot I say and it dont cost the world to do

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    changing the fluid for dot5.1 would be a cheap and easy place to start.
    how many miles has the car done and how long since the front or rear brakes have been serviced?
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    The brake pads were changed (front and rear) about 2 months ago. Would like to change the fluid myself but I've no idea how. Any guides out there? I've not had the fluid changed in the 6months I've had it, don't know before that...

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    It's something i need to do on my Astra, not going to try it myself tho.

    Personally, i don't see the point in "upgrading" to a higher spec brake fluid.

    If your only going to use your car on the road (not track days etc) the standard fluid is more than upto spec.

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    youd be better off doing a bigger brake upgrade

    theres a few threads floating about this forum at the minute

    the most cost effective would be a 4 stud 280mm upgrade using calipers and carriers from a 5 stud Astra, steering knuckles from a 5 stud Astra, discs and pads (NEW) from a Meriva CDTi

    I did this conversion last year when i had the 1.6 and the difference is immense

    I wont hijack this thread anymore - just do a search and all the info will be available

    The setup of the 4 stud 256mm discs is dire at the best of time, the calipers themselves are truly attrocious so changing merely fluid is no real help - polishing a turd springs to mind.

    HTH

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