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Question Panda 100HP Front & Rear Brake Change

Hi All. Sorry if this has been covered 1000 times but I have spend 45 minutes searching & got no awnsers...

My partner has a 2007 plate Panda 100hp. I have noticed at 40.000 miles the rear brake pads look pretty worn down, does anyone have any details about changing these, do I need anything special as I don't want to mess the handbrake unit up. I have done many brakes before but not with rear discs. I was thinking of using EBC basic road pads - less dust & brake in coating.

Also the fronts were done before we bought the car, a year or so ago but I think cheap pads were fitted as they churn brake dust out - my partner is'nt a fast driver so I think it's down to cheap quality.
Are these easy enough to change at the same time? Again looking at EBC pads.

On a final question it has done 40.000 now, ready for a major service I think. What do you guys have done at this kind of mileage. I was thinking along the lines of cam belt, air con regas, oil/oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, plugs & cabin filter. What else is there to do????

Many Thanks, Dave.
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Re: Panda 100HP Front & Rear Brake Change

I have a 2010 plate 100hp with 25,000 on the clock have just had the pads and discs done all round, so you might need to budget for a set of discs as well as pads if its done 40,000 and they haven't been changed before.
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Re: Panda 100HP Front & Rear Brake Change

Did fiat change of brakes? If so how much was it.
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Re: Panda 100HP Front & Rear Brake Change

I bought a set of Front / Rear pads & disc's off Ebay, swapped them over myself as easy enough.

Don't change the cam belt till 60k or unless it looks very warn out.

If there are no problems with the Air Con, don't re-gass it as not worth the money. Anything else on your list get changed.

Kwit-Fit did my 43k service for 80 (discount through work), they will be doing the 48k as well for 120.
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Re: Panda 100HP Front & Rear Brake Change

Changing the rear pads isn't very difficult at all and took me around 45 mins on the Panda. I also fitted the basic EBC road pads (40,000 miles too) and they seem ok so far about 200 miles later. 14 from ebay including shipping
The only extra thing you'll need for doing a rear disc system is a piston retraction tool OR a suitably sized G-clamp which is what I used. Just remember to take the brake fluid reservoir cap off when you wind the piston back in.

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Re: Panda 100HP Front & Rear Brake Change

Hi. Many thanks. I did the job a few weeks ago and it turned out to be as easy as making a coffee. In fact it took longer to jack the car up and take the wheels off than it did to change the rear pads. I also did the fronts at the same time. Again very easy.

I used the little square metal block style of caliper rewind tool (cost about 5) and it worked perfectly. So no need to invest 25 in an all singing all dancing item.

I simply undid the bottom caliper slide bolt & lifted the caliper up on the rear - disconnecting & free-ing up the handbrake cable first. Then the pads just lift out. Refitting is very easy & simply slot new pads in, covering all contact points in copper ease first (NOT covering the friction material that goes against the disc!!) lower the caliper housing back down, re tighten bolt using thread lock & reconnect handbrake cable.
Check all is well & pump pedal a few times & check brake fluid level.

The fronts are exactly the same idea apart from there is no handbrake cable to deal with. The caliper piston just pushes back in, you can get a rectraction tool or use a G clamp, water pump pliers or anything suitable like the wooden handle of a hammer being careful not to damage the piston or it's seals.
Again pump brakes when done & check brake fliuid levels.

Hope this helps anyone in the future.
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