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Hi,

MOT passed today, but got 2 advisories:
1) Rear brake pads need changing soon
2) Coolant leak

Bloke said that rear pads need changing soon (i.e 1.5k miles at most in them) - how much this cost?

Also he said that there is a leak in radiator and quoted around £170 to replace this - steep price or normal?

Last but not least - cambelt need changing soon (I am going to hit 60k in less than 1 month) - just change cambelt or also water pump? And again - what is fair price for this?

All of above for Z17DTH (1.7 - 100)
 

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Rear pads about £20.00 from vx fitted around £50.00

Radiator can be repaired by a specialist difficult to say without seeing the leak.

Yes do water pump if driven by the timing belt.
 

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I got a rad of ebay for £20... Fitted my self. £8 for coolant. Lots of free swears. Broken finger. Cuts. Job done. Best to remove front end tbh as you need to keep the aircon rad in place and its 4/5 bolts through the front
 

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Vx fitting for rear pads is more than £50. They quoted me £80 last month and i said na ill do it myself. They calle back and said the very cheapest they could do was £60.


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Pads about 20 quid, but there very easy to fit yourself :)

Radiator, i'd go OEM if possible, but it depends on Budget, i may having a new cat fitted today or tomorrow, and sadly can't afford the Genuine OEM so i've had to go for a different one :'(
 

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I had a radiator leak fixed for free by main dealers.
Read on here that some 1.7s need to have the intercooler mounting altered to stop it rubbing through the rad, so they fix the lot. Phoned them up and they changed the mountings, I did have to point out that the radiator was leaking when i picked it up though, so they had to have it back in!
Free in the end though
 

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Hi

I got my radiator checked as recall by VX - seemingly the intercooler rubs against it and it makes the radiator leak.

I think they put some washers or a spacer in to make a gap between them and replace the radiator if it is leaking.

I checked the price of the VX timing kit recently - If I remember correctly, approx £140 + vat without trade card and approx £84 + vat with trade card - that is the whole kit (belt, bolts tensioner etc).

The water pump is driven by the fan belt so no need to change, however if you have all that off to get into the timing belt, it may be worth just changing the water pump and fan belt, tensioner etc also.

Check the trade card prices - well worth being a fully paid up member.

The rear pads, I would just do myself.

Cheers

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Radiator recall by VX - where I can check if my car qualifies? I know I had CIM recall done.

As per trade prices - what website to use to check them?
 

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Rad leak, easy fix, just get your car to luke warm then crack an egg into your header tank, then leave engine running to get the heat in, leak will be cured,, literally. :D

Cambelt kits, i would swap the water pump at the same time, even if its driven off the aux belt. you'll find you'll have to do a 3/4 strip down to get at the water pump, when it fails. 80% chance it will go within the next 6 months.
Cambelt kit. If it's not a "gates" kits then gen vx part all day long. I won't trust these cheap belts, you'll find they're not so cheap when teeth are stripped off them & valves get bent.:eek:
 

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Radiator recall by VX - where I can check if my car qualifies? I know I had CIM recall done.

As per trade prices - what website to use to check them?
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Just call round your local dealers and see who gives you the discount - some wont and some will give a better discount than others.

Cheers

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Been looking around

Geniue parts from VX would cost me:
Cambelt kit £82.81
Water pump £56.95
Rear pads £20.38

And real killer:
Radiator £ 180.00
so or I will go for used one
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2004-VAUX...arts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item1e70371a2f
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-...arts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item231ce5ca46

or non-genuie
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/170907321308?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

So go used one or non-genuie - my budget is quite limited :( and I am not sure which is better option
 

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Unless you have a caliper rewind tool, get a garage to fit the rear pads.

Wouldn't touch a second hand rad myself.
 

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Non genuie radiator it will have to be then :(

As I assume that leaks are non-fixable (and I mean proper fix not radweld or an egg)
 
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