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    How much to fix my car?

    Anyone have a rough idea how much it should cost to fix my car?

    Ford Focus.

    Came home tonight to find front left wheel very hot indeed. Car was quite sluggish on the drive home too. My neighbour thinks that the brake pad is stuck on and is overheating.

    Any ideas roughly how much that should cost to fix?

    Thanks!

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    try a caliper repair kit? otherwise could need new calipers

    go to ats or kwik fit and they will tell you the problem, THEN shop around for the best price!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    were are you based ben

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    bassman_uk;6035988

    try a caliper repair kit? otherwise could need new calipers



    I have no idea what they are! Not something I'm going to do myself, just wondered how much roughly I should be paying.

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    castortroy;6036003

    go to ats or kwik fit and they will tell you the problem, THEN shop … go to ats or kwik fit and they will tell you the problem, THEN shop around for the best price!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:



    They tell me the problem for free and what needs to be done? Then I can phone loads of other places? Or would they all want to see the car and diagnose it themselves, possibly add on more stuff saying it was diagnosed wrong?

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    black gerbil1;6036016

    were are you based ben



    In my penthouse mansion or something.

    Seized caliper by the sounds of it, I'd of said around £100 at a guess supply and fit exchange. Guessing you're not too handy with a spanner? It's not a hard job really, you might be able to free it off and fix it.

    Benjimoron;6036034

    They tell me the problem for free and what needs to be done? Then I can … They tell me the problem for free and what needs to be done? Then I can phone loads of other places? Or would they all want to see the car and diagnose it themselves, possibly add on more stuff saying it was diagnosed wrong?



    Just play dumb and when they tell you what needs doing say " I'll think about it, now what's you best price for this" it'll be a damn sight lower than the first figure!

    Benjimoron;6036040

    In my penthouse mansion or something.



    ^^^^ NICE!^^^^^^^

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    jtx;6036062

    Seized caliper by the sounds of it, I'd of said around £100 at a guess … Seized caliper by the sounds of it, I'd of said around £100 at a guess supply and fit exchange. Guessing you're not too handy with a spanner? It's not a hard job really, you might be able to free it off and fix it.



    £100 sounds ok, certainly not going to attempt it myself!

    Benjimoron;6036040

    In my penthouse mansion or something.



    castortroy;6036070

    ^^^^ NICE!^^^^^^^


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    what town/city, I know a good place to get your car fixed, If you live close to it you can tell them I sent you, and you will get good price (srs)

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    black gerbil1;6036099

    x2what town/city, I know a good place to get your car fixed, If you live … x2what town/city, I know a good place to get your car fixed, If you live close to it you can tell them I sent you, and you will get good price (srs)



    Where is this place you know of then?

    While you are at it you might as well have new discs/pads if you intend keeping the car:w00t: :oops:

    How far did you drive it?

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    jtx;6036112

    While you are at it you might as well have new discs/pads if you intend … While you are at it you might as well have new discs/pads if you intend keeping the car:w00t: :oops:How far did you drive it?



    I only got new brakes etc done about a year ago, would hope I don't need new ones again! Have only done about 6000 miles since.

    I drove about 40 miles tonight, might have been playing up for a few days though as I've thought for a few days that the car is feeling sluggish.

    Scrap it and buy a push bike

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    ratatatatata;6036171

    Scrap it and buy a push bike



    Thanks, about as helpful as Harvie.

    Ben, if you were closer mate i'd have a look. It's either seized pins (just needs a bit of a clean and some copper grease), something jammed in the caliper/pads or the piston dust/crap seals gone which basically means a whole new caliper. No point in trying to repair under those circumstances as the piston/bore will be too far gone if it's already stuck.

    Bet you get quoted around £200 ;-)

    london

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    black gerbil1;6036241

    london



    Yes mate, let me know where.

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    Shengis;6036237

    Ben, if you were closer mate i'd have a look. It's either seized pins … Ben, if you were closer mate i'd have a look. It's either seized pins (just needs a bit of a clean and some copper grease), something jammed in the caliper/pads or the piston dust/crap seals gone which basically means a whole new caliper. No point in trying to repair under those circumstances as the piston/bore will be too far gone if it's already stuck.Bet you get quoted around £200 ;-)



    Cheers mate, hope for a little less!! Fingers crossed!

    Benjimoron;6036256

    Cheers mate, hope for a little less!! Fingers crossed!



    Well that is just a fast fit guess. My estimate if it needs a new caliper would be somewhere around the £130 mark hopefully a bit less as it's not a difficult job :thumbsup:

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    Shengis;6036341

    Well that is just a fast fit guess. My estimate if it needs a new caliper … Well that is just a fast fit guess. My estimate if it needs a new caliper would be somewhere around the £130 mark hopefully a bit less as it's not a difficult job :thumbsup:



    Nice one, somewhere between the two would be fine.

    I hate going to these places as I don't know anything about cars.

    Maybe Harvie can sort me out with a special deal???

    go to a scrappy and get a second hand caliper, then go to a local garage n tell them to replace it, don't tell them to diagnose, its more than likely the caliper, shouldn't cost more than £80 all in.

    or if you want a new caliper go to your local motor factor and shop around for best price.

    with getting your car fixed (especially if you know the fault) just tell the mechanic the fault and tell him what to do rather than him telling you what needs doing.

    If it's been jammed on for a few days probably better replacing the disks and pads too. :thumbsup:

    esq3585;6036659

    If it's been jammed on for a few days probably better replacing the disks … If it's been jammed on for a few days probably better replacing the disks and pads too. :thumbsup:



    Probably require new brake fluid as well, if it's been running hot for a while.

    Agreed, find a reliable small garage, let them check it out, avoid the likes of ATS Kwik Fit etc. they will rip you off.

    Don't skimp on brakes.
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