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Has anyone heard of this brand?
Been told my calipers are damaging my discs so need to replace them. Have been checking prices and makes but want to make sure it's a part I can rely on. I've tries looking online but can't find anything.
Next best place I can think of is dealership but that's gonna be well expensive.
Any help/advise would be great
 

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As above, unless the caliper is physically damaged or out of position I would look at the slider pins.
The only other problem I've had is that the inner pad was seized in the caliper itself.
I hope this helps.
 

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Actually, I have no idea. I've been having problems with the brake disc on the left side. The garage said that it is the caliper that is causing the damage & they advised me to get new ones.

Gates are obviously really expensive for brand new parts, I looked at another make but the company have not had great reviews so that put me off.

They did say, it's only the passenger side that is damaged. Perhaps I should ask them & see if it can be fixed. Only thing is, I need the car on a daily basis
 

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I'm curious to to know why they say the caliper is causing the damage?
is the caliper physically damaged or out of position? Such as crash damage? If not then it has to be the moving parts which are repairable and you won't need a new caliper.
 

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Tbh, I don't think they know. I can't see that it has moved out of position altho, how would I really know? The passenger side alloy has bad damage on it so think the previous owners have done something. The brake discs keep getting damaged & so far, the car has had 3 sets of brakes on it.

I can't really afford to go to another garage as one I was going to use wanted £64 an hr.

I love this car but not loving the added stress or cost atm
 

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Can you get it up on a jack and rotate the wheel? You should be able to see what is catching and where.
I'd be rather concerned if a garage has put three discs on and not remedied the problem that's causing the damage.
Hope you get this sorted soon 🤞🏻
 

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I had an issue a few years ago after a garage replaced a bearing on one of my hubs for me. I had issues pretty much from the get go once they had done the work with the brakes binding. When I took the brakes off the hub I found where they had laid into the hub with a lump hammer to get the hub off they had caused raised areas on the mating surface. This was causing the disc to be out of alignment on every rotation.
 

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Can you get it up on a jack and rotate the wheel? You should be able to see what is catching and where.
I'd be rather concerned if a garage has put three discs on and not remedied the problem that's causing the damage.
Hope you get this sorted soon 🤞🏻
I'm pretty much on my own for this so have to go by what the garage say.
The 1st set of brakes they put on were Apec. They were damaged within a wk. I then bought Brembo & these lasted about 5mths before having to be replaced. As they were still under a guarantee, I got replacements. It was jus the disc that was being damaged but they replaced the pad too. This has only last a few wks & I'm back to getting steering wheel shudder.
I made them look at the discs again as they didn't know what was causing the discs to become damaged. That's when they said it was the calipers but haven't actually said why. Hence why I'm here.
I hope I can get this resolved soon too
 

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I had an issue a few years ago after a garage replaced a bearing on one of my hubs for me. I had issues pretty much from the get go once they had done the work with the brakes binding. When I took the brakes off the hub I found where they had laid into the hub with a lump hammer to get the hub off they had caused raised areas on the mating surface. This was causing the disc to be out of alignment on every rotation.
I've suggested this previously, bearing/hub damage causing disc runout. The fact the alloys are damaged too, heavily suggests some sort of runout issue rather than caliper.


@st150girl Have you had the hub faces tested for runout as I suggested in the above link?

Otherwise you're literally wasting time and money replacing the discs over and over again when there is a different root cause issue.
 

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I did ask the garage to do that but they said they were gonna jus check the brakes again which is when they said the calipers need replacing. Perhaps I need to find a new garage as they jus want me to keep spending money.
 

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They're incompetent if you ask me. The fact replacement discs don't resolve the issue and it returns everytime, yet that's all they want to do is a clear show of it.

Find somewhere that can check runout and have them do it for both the discs and the hubs.

Like I say, I had a similar issue on my Mk6, terrible vibration when braking. Had them skimmed and it came back... Turns out the hub face was defective causing runout.

It could be the caliper, but that's quite a costly fix compared to a hub. And without the garage being definitive in their conclusion (proof) it's just another finger in the air guess.
 

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Yes, I agree. They jus want me to keep spending money which I don’t have & they have no clue. Even before when I used to take my cars in for a service, the car felt slower. It's a pity no-one can recommend a decent garage near me cos I jus don't want to be ripped off again.
Thank u for ur help
 

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Perhaps consider travelling to one of the garages that deal with Fords / ST's all the time and has a good reputation.
(SCC, FJRS, Collins, sure other people could recommend one if you give your general location)

Ring them or send them a message, explain the situation, explain what you have experienced and can see, explain what the garage have said and done so far, explain what has been recommended here and go from there

Doesn't seem you are getting much joy from the current place, no guarantee you will get better service if going to someone else either, but the specialists tend to have good reputations for a reason.
 

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Ok, great. I'll try searching online.
My general location is Hertfordshire so if anyone knows of any places in Herts that I could try, that would be really good. Jus to for a company like that to look wouldn't cost me anything, would it?
 

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Ok, great. I'll try searching online.
My general location is Hertfordshire so if anyone knows of any places in Herts that I could try, that would be really good. Jus to for a company like that to look wouldn't cost me anything, would it?
I guess you're not a million miles away from SCC: Car Garage in St Albans MOT and Service | St Albans Car Clinic

Where ever you take the car make sure you tell them in detail the long standing issues you've been having.
 
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