Front brake pads replaced at Kwik Fit?

22 replies
Found 18th Nov 2008
Quick question. When you brake front pads are replaced aren't you suppose to be able to feel a difference in the amount of pressure you apply to the brake?

My front brakes feel the same as before I went into the shop.

22 Comments

Not always

i had mine done on my vectra at a vauxhall garage and couldnt tell the difference either!

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shauneco;3497245

Not always



Thank you! Very Interesting..:whistling:

Kwik Fit always mess their jobs up!! Do them yourself?

depends if the old ones were really worn, or just partially worn - mine had about 2-3mm max left & the difference was noticeable when replaced

You need to avoid heavy braking for a couple of hundred miles until the pads bed in.

Do not brake too hard (unless you have to of course) you may warp your disks and 'cook' your pads making them hard so they squeek like hell.

They should be much better when they have bedded in, in about 200miles of steady driving and average braking

Original Poster

Well they are now guaranteed for the lifetime of me owning the car.

I went into shop for handbrake problems and and was told all brakes pads needed replacing including the rear drum. I don't know much about cars so can't say how true this is all i know is. When a friend checked out the car he said front brakes okay just sort out the handbrake.

Have you "bed" them in yet?
Give them at least 100 - 200 miles before some real brake tests.
After that, you'll find that you should be stopping earlier than normal.

Celticsun;3497299

You need to avoid heavy braking for a couple of hundred miles until the … You need to avoid heavy braking for a couple of hundred miles until the pads bed in.Do not brake too hard (unless you have to of course) you may warp your disks and 'cook' your pads making them hard so they squeek like hell.They should be much better when they have bedded in, in about 200miles of steady driving and average braking



echo echo echo :whistling:

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lawe;3497321

Have you "bed" them in yet?Give them at least 100 - 200 miles before some … Have you "bed" them in yet?Give them at least 100 - 200 miles before some real brake tests.After that, you'll find that you should be stopping earlier than normal.




I've done 3 miles since front brake pads fitted today. :-D Just wondered how come no change on the pressure applied when braking.

I'll wait for another 197 miles before giving my verdict. :whistling:

lance w;3497311

Well they are now guaranteed for the lifetime of me owning the car. I … Well they are now guaranteed for the lifetime of me owning the car. I went into shop for handbrake problems and and was told all brakes pads needed replacing including the rear drum. I don't know much about cars so can't say how true this is all i know is. When a friend checked out the car he said front brakes okay just sort out the handbrake.




All pads/shoes in one go? Normally front goes earlier than rear based on front wheel drive/where engine is etc.

What motor do you have, mileage since last change and how do you drive - lot's of brakes or through the gears etc?

Banned

Brakes are for wimps.

Man up.

lance w;3497311

Well they are now guaranteed for the lifetime of me owning the car. .



Ahh be carefull all that means is if they fail or are faulty, I cant see them being replaceable due to wear they are a consumable item. :thinking:

Original Poster

Murielson;3497360

All pads/shoes in one go? Normally front goes earlier than rear based on … All pads/shoes in one go? Normally front goes earlier than rear based on front wheel drive/where engine is etc.What motor do you have, mileage since last change and how do you drive - lot's of brakes or through the gears etc?




2001 Punto 1.2 millage since i got the car 8 weeks ago has be 350 miles, milage on the clock 50982

DanJackson;3497365

Brakes are for wimps. Man up.



repworthy :thumbsup:

lance w;3497388

2001 Punto 1.2 millage since i got the car 8 weeks ago has be 350 miles, … 2001 Punto 1.2 millage since i got the car 8 weeks ago has be 350 miles, milage on the clock 50982



hope yyou got some cash off the seller for the brakes not working then :thumbsup:

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Celticsun;3497381

Ahh be carefull all that means is if they fail or are faulty, I cant see … Ahh be carefull all that means is if they fail or are faulty, I cant see them being replaceable due to wear they are a consumable item. :thinking:



That's great! Guarantee not worth anything then.:x

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J9STL;3497417

hope yyou got some cash off the seller for the brakes not working then … hope yyou got some cash off the seller for the brakes not working then :thumbsup:



Yes i did but they seemed fine to me.

lance w;3497435

That's great! Guarantee not worth anything then.:x



Don't panic I stand corrected I have just checked their website...

"Lifetime guarantee

To ensure your brakes are always at their best, we offer a unique brakes lifetime guarantee. Once you have pads or shoes fitted at Kwik Fit, the replacement of these parts when they wear out is absolutely free to you, as long as you own the car."


LOL thats probably why they don't feel like they have changed them, I wonder how much that costs them per annum to change peoples brakes, mind you they probably count on getting people in for the brakes and then stitch them for something else :w00t:

most people will likely have sold their car before the brakes need replacing (2 -3 yrs? -obviously depends on your mileage)

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Celticsun;3497468

Don't panic I stand corrected I have just checked their website... … Don't panic I stand corrected I have just checked their website... "Lifetime guaranteeTo ensure your brakes are always at their best, we offer a unique brakes lifetime guarantee. Once you have pads or shoes fitted at Kwik Fit, the replacement of these parts when they wear out is absolutely free to you, as long as you own the car."LOL thats probably why they don't feel like they have changed them, I wonder how much that costs them per annum to change peoples brakes, mind you they probably count on getting people in for the brakes and then stitch them for something else :w00t:



Well at the price for the front pads and fitting £70.59 i do feel slightly stitched up. After talking to friends. I think i'll get a quote for the hand brake and drum elsewhere because Kwik Fit are stating £150.

Original Poster

Thank you everyone for your advise.:thumbsup:
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