Buying brake parts for X250's and fitting guides

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  1. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

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    I intend replacing my front discs and pads before the next MOT as soon as the weather improves.
    I'm amazed at the number of variations in specification there are for these vehicles.
    Even with the VIN number I imagine mistakes are made but you can narrow it down yourself with a bit of logic.
    Clues to finding the correct disc

    Year and engine size/output
    Wheel size & type...... 16" steel there are versions for alloy and 15" too
    Hole centering diameter 79-80 mm will be 73mm for 15" wheels
    Disc diameter 300mm can be 280 or other
    pitch circle 130mm can be 118
    For heavy axle can be lower weights

    I could probably pay £80 or more per disc from Fiat PLUS Vat
    or I can pay £23 from buycarparts

    I've established this from the information I know
    http://www.buycarparts.co.uk/vaico/2221006
     
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    It's like when my DPF sensor was faulty.... Once you start searching the web you find the same part on various vehicles but at many different prices ! Buy part X for a Fiat and it's one price, buy same item with another part number for a Peugeot and it can be cheaper !!
    Shop around all the time... (y)
     
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    I bought Mintex discs and pads for my X230 off eBay for a good price and your right about all the different sizes for discs and pads, I was lucky as I could take mine to bits and check everything before ordering as I wasn't going to use the van.
    I did have a problem with the pads squealing but emailed mintex and they sent me some anti squeal pads free, even offered to send someone out to sort it if they didn't help, but they did so a good.
     
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    Spend £40-£50 at a local TRADE parts supplier and get em right first time and no wobbles with crap run out tolerances either
    The chocolate Chinese ones are ok if your SELLING THE VAN SOON
    Buying the right parts 1st time is no more difficult than supplying the vehicle reg No
    "Proper" trade part suppliers can log into Fiat etc direct, the alternative is the e-bay Lottery
     
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    I've usually spent the extra and got the dealer parts or a reputable aftermarket part.. IMHO it's worth it...
    Have fitted cheap parts from the discount stores and they in most cases just don't last..
    Did a similar job on the transit mk7 last year... I hope yours are easier lol... The front discs were a pig to get done..
    Ta andy
     
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    I've gone for the Brembo 2000kg pads
    http://www.buycarparts.co.uk/fiat/d...0130/brake-pad-set?wheel[]=40561&from=7&to=81
     
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    I've not had any rubbish from buycarparts and they have confirmed I chose the correct parts, which have a RRP of over £100 each btw
    I have been given the wrong parts buy Andrew pages and Eurocarparts in the past. Notably before Xmas when my alternator failed Eurocarparts were frustratingly rubbish
     
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    Vaico BTW are not cheap Chinese but cheap well made German (y) and there is every likely hood that their parts end up in Fiat boxes

    http://www.gsfcarparts.com/vaico
     
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    I've now done what works every time. Depart from buycarpart website and ignore until you get the 5% discount email :LOL:
    So I've now got all the parts for under £100 inc delivery from Germany :)

    EDIT. you do of course have to register and put them in the basket first! then close the web page
     
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    Entering my reg number on Eurocarparts brings up the choice of four discs so completely unreliable unless you know what you are looking for. Only one of those is actually suitable for my vehicle.
    The Pagid brand is the only one that meets my vehicle requirements and £54 each
     
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    I've been to several motor factors and they ask for reg no. and no match comes up, so end up doing it with chassis type and weight.
     
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    This is the set of pads I got from over the counter at a motor factors nearly three years ago having given them the vehicle details.
    They look ok don't they? but the retaining clips on the top row were the wrong size. Fortunately the original ones were in excellent condition so it didn't stop me doing the job.
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    I bought pagit from them they are good prices i thought
     
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    Yes I bought them for the wife's Pug 207, came to £63 for both front discs & pads. The original discs were an advisory at the first MOT so they don't last long. Fortunately it is less than an hour as a DIY job and PAGID are plenty good enough.
    With modern day machining I don't think wobbly discs are an issue but poor quality steel can be.
    I think that the discs are more sacrificial these days and only expensive if bought in the vehicle assemblers packaging.
     
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    My parts arrived from. Germany by parcel farce just now.
    Just want some warmer weather
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    I had a quick look at my front brakes today in preparation and can confirm the parts are correct.
    I would have gone ahead and fitted them but for the lack of a 14mm 1/2" drive allen key to remove the caliper
     
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    Looks good. Thank you. :)
     
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    Pleasure.
    I'll do a DIY guide to brakes in pictures too
     
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    Be aware Andy those 14mm allen bolts that hold the caliper on are treated with a thread lock compound and need a LOT of effort to remove, I have found warming the area up quite a bit with a blow torch helps to soften the thread lock.

    D.
     
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