I've just come in from checking the pads on the front and the back and there is at least 6-7mm of material on the front pads
, inside & out. There is about 3mm left on the rear pads
, inside & out. This led me to believe that the front pads were done in one of the annual service intervals a year or 2 back. So I checked all the receipts and not one mention of the pads, front or rear in 53k miles. Surely the pads have not lasted this long????
Also, not a single mention of the brake fluid being replaced in 5 yrs.
Since, I'll be replacing the rear stub axle bushes in the next few weeks, I'll tackle the rear pads as well. From previous cars, when I've done the pads, I normally just push the piston in the caliper back in with the resevoir cap off to accommodate the thickness of the new pads. Can I do the same here? Somebody said to open the bleed nipple and push then as you could reverse the seals in the master cylinder.
But I'd like to replace the fluid aswell since it looks like it was never done over the last 5 yrs/53k miles. Never done this before so if anybody has any guidelines as to how to do a full brake fluid change, I'd appreciate it. Suggestions for brake fluid?
One other thing, is it worth using the Ferodo DS2000 pads I've seen mentioned here or will I just stick to the OEM ones?