I was driving home from work today when I touched my brake pedal only to hear a grinding noise and the ABS kicking in. So I had to endure this horrible noise and the grinding went straight through the pedal.
So anyway I got home and whisked the wheel off to take a closer look, only to find that the brake pad had worn in a most perculiar way. I quickly noticed that the brake pad face was actually bigger than the contact area of the brake disc, alarm bells started to ring as this was a first for me.
So I quickly got to my local spare parts provider who then asked me what size my brake discs were. Un-sure I used the net and done a little research and found that a 3 digit code on the sticker of my service manual revealed the true size of my brake discs and pads. So anyway, getting back to the discs on the car, well they are 280x22mm and the corresponding 3 digit code being 1LZ for this option. And according to my manual my car had the code option 1LB which are 288x25mm size discs, so that explains the badly worn pads, so now it got me thinking whoever put these on the car got the pads right but not the discs.
So I got the guy to give me new pads and discs and when he opened the box for the discs to see these monsters sitting there (I use the term monsters as my previous cars have been Pugs which had tiny wee brakes!). I then opened the pads and checked them on the brake disc face to see they are a perfect match.
Now they are on the car my brakes are sweet as and no ABS kicking in under light braking
Incidentally I dont know who fitted these discs as these were already on the car when I bought it. But I sure would like to twat him one for gettin the size wrong thats for sure .
So I was wondering has anyone else had their car serviced by a independant garage and did the get the wrong brake system installed?