Guys, I think I maybe very, very lucky to not have had an accident! But I need a bit of advice to confirm this;
I was pottering along in traffic last night with the window down when I noticed a ticking sound coming from the driver side front wheel. It sounded like a pebble stuck in the tyre tread which I presumed would pop out in a mile or two (I have a gravel driveway so it's quite normal). But 20 miles later it was still making the noise, so I pulled over and inspected all the tyres and could see nothing in the tyres.
I started to think that maybe it was a wheel bearing needing replacement, so I decided to take a look this morning. I removed the front right wheel to give the hub a check over and got a bit of a shock when I put my hand on the brake disk, it was wobbling on the hub, i.e. 4-5mm deflection laterally! At the sametime I noticed there was no securing pin showing through the disk. I was able to rotate the disk back and forwards on the hub without the hub turning too!!!
So I'm now thinking, this doesn't make sense, surely I'm wrong, because if the disk is able to rotate freely on the hub, it means that when I'm braking the disk will just lock and spin on the hub and then I should get a huge pull to the left when the other side bites. So I pulled the passenger side wheel off to inspect it....guess what? no securing pin on that disk either!
Now, when I bought the car 3 months ago the first thing I noticed on the test drive was how poor the brakes were, but having read this forum and many other buyers guides I had heard that the GTV brakes were really poor as standard and just put it down to this - with an intention to upgrade fairly soon. Now I'm thinking I'm lucky not to have had a serious accident, having just back brakes!
Do the securing pins shear very often? What are the chances of both sides shearing off as appears to have happened to me? Am I looking at drilling out the sheared pins or more likely new hubs???