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Hi

Started to change my rear discs and pads on my 2002 2.5 Tdi on Friday- When I looked one of the pads had disintegrated and I think the reason is that the bottom guide pin on the carrier was seized - I could eventually turn it but it won't pul lout - It may be easier when/if I get the carrier off. The 18mm bolts will not budge even with a good hexagonal impact socket, breaker bar and scaffold pole.

Will applying heat do any good ?

Where can I get replacement guide pins and the rubber dust cover from - are they VW only ?

Cheers

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Snap.I was going to change my front pads today. I've had the same problem , can't budge the 18mm bolts. The top one is a bitch, don't want to go at it any harder incase socket/spanner slips off and hits brake hose. Theres no room for a breaker bar in there.Thought it was suposed to be easy job.:*
 

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Did my front last year and although the nuts were tight they eventually moved - the rears have been hard cos there's not much room to get any leverage - At least with the front you can turn the wheels to make room for a bar,

So far I've got the bottom 18mm nut off the carrier and the bottom seized guide pin eventually came out but is knackered !!!

Thanks- for the reply

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Cheers Tim

I went to my VW dealer and Trade Parts Specialist today and got a shock when they told me you couldn't buy the guide pins separately but BigRed sorted me out - £1.90 for the booots and £7.90 for the guide pins

Stevo

WHEN THESE ARRIVED THEY WERE TOO BIG _ SO DON'T BUY !!!!!
 

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Hi - I bought my first T4 last week - a 2001 swb 800 special 1.9td - over the moon with it... but! Went out for a drive with the family today and the rear brakes began sticking just after I briefly jammed on the brakes after someone pulled out in front of me. Hot rear wheels and bad acceleration tell me they are jamming. I know the rear pads and discs were changed just before I got the van so I'm applying my non-mechanic logic to the problem and guessing that I have a similar problem as posted here...

Is this a case of new calipers or is there a simpler solution? Having just bankrupted myself to get the van - the cheapest option would be preferable! T:

Also... Who is big red?!!

Any help gratefully received!
 

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Just drove it again and the brakes are fine again - brake pedal looser and acceleration back. Dug out the receipt frok the last service which says that pads and discs were replaced and seized calipers were freed.
Can anyone suggest a solution?
 

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Hi CornishMonkeyboy

My rear brake probs started just after I got my van (a private buy) 3.5 years ago - I was on a little break in Rutland and late one afternoon the rear brakes just started sticking and grating - We found a garage at around 3.30pm and he said it needed new discs and pads - It would be ready by 6.30pm - I willingly parted with £217, glad that we could get home OK.

Since then I've got to know my van better and started doing a lot of maintenance myself so last year with the help of this brill thread http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=69693 I changed my front discs and pads myself

My rear brake problem came back late last year (only 20k miles later) so last week I started looked and found the rear N/S disc and pads absolutely knackered - The cause of this was a seized guide pin (slider bolt) I reckon if the guy at the garage in Rutland had bothered to grease them they would have been fine - Maybe you should get yours checked

So tomorrow when my new guide pins arrive in the post it's back to fitting news rear discs and pads - At least I know they'll be done OK this time !

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Hi CornishMonkeyboy

My rear brake probs started just after I got my van (a private buy) 3.5 years ago - I was on a little break in Rutland and late one afternoon the rear brakes just started sticking and grating - We found a garage at around 3.30pm and he said it needed new discs and pads - It would be ready by 6.30pm - I willingly parted with £217, glad that we could get home OK.

Since then I've got to know my van better and started doing a lot of maintenance myself so last year with the help of this brill thread http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=69693 I changed my front discs and pads myself

My rear brake problem came back late last year (only 20k miles later) so last week I started looked and found the rear N/S disc and pads absolutely knackered - The cause of this was a seized guide pin (slider bolt) I reckon if the guy at the garage in Rutland had bothered to grease them they would have been fine - Maybe you should get yours checked

So tomorrow when my new guide pins arrive in the post it's back to fitting news rear discs and pads - At least I know they'll be done OK this time !

Stevo
where did you get the new guide pins? as I would like to change mine
 

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Thanks Steveo! A:

I spoke to the chap I bought the van from last night and he has given me the mechanics number who did the brakes 2 weeks ago. So I will see what he has to say I:.
I'm dumb enough to do all the electrics for my central heating so I will certainly have a go at the brakes using the excellent thread you signposted - thanks for that. Not sure if I will manage 20 minutes a wheel though! I guess you can get the copper slip from usual auto suppliers?

Ian - the guide pins are here:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...._fvi%3D1&_rdc=1#ht_65

Here's to a few white knuckle drives after i've done them!

Jem
 

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A couple of months ago, I was 400 miles from home and tools. My brake pad light came on 3 days before and I already had pad scratch on the disc!

So a trip to Halfords to buy tools that I have at home! I then found that an adjustment bolt on the rear carrier was seized. After heating to white hot, I broke four 18" sockets, including a knuckled impact socket trying to get the two carrier fixing bolts off!

I spent £80 to get a new carrier and I suppose I can't complain, as I've done a quarter of a million miles!

It is a lot of money for a small metal bracket!
 

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Thanks Steveo! A:

I spoke to the chap I bought the van from last night and he has given me the mechanics number who did the brakes 2 weeks ago. So I will see what he has to say I:.
I'm dumb enough to do all the electrics for my central heating so I will certainly have a go at the brakes using the excellent thread you signposted - thanks for that. Not sure if I will manage 20 minutes a wheel though! I guess you can get the copper slip from usual auto suppliers?

Ian - the guide pins are here:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...._fvi%3D1&_rdc=1#ht_65

Here's to a few white knuckle drives after i've done them!

Jem
That's where I got my guide pins from - Spoke to them on the phone and the guy was really helpful explaining that rear Astra G pins were the same as a VW T4s

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That's where I got my guide pins from - Spoke to them on the phone and the guy was really helpful explaining that rear Astra G pins were the same as a VW T4s

Stevo

Don't get the guide pin from BigRed - They arrived this morning and were too big
I got some from Brake Parts Superstore UK (Part No.CF1346 - 12943)

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Don't get the guide pin from BigRed - They arrived this morning and were too big
I got some from Brake Parts Superstore UK (Part No.CF1346 - 12943)

Stevo
I looked at the links posted and was going to say that. I took mine off today and the slide pins are one diameter and smooth, except for a 2mm flat run on the pin. Those ones on the astra have a larger end and slimmer diameter shaft so something was bound to wrong IF they fitted.
 

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Tried searching but this all I can find, My T4 is early so drum rears, but I'm getting binding on the front caliper..

cant for the life of me find anywhere online selling guide pins, I've popped em out and they were rusted up good n proper , tried cleaning and regreasing but it helps for a few days..

anyone know where i can get the caliper guide pins for the front calipers in my early T4 from??

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