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Just had an expensive month but 3 items were cheap'.

Cam belt kit and precautionary fitting of new water pump...£450 at Renault dealers ( did not want to take a risk) at my local garage)

MOT £50.00.

Lower wishbone ball joint kit fitted £48.00 all in. cheap.

2 new tyres £134.00 Barum (made by Continental) cheap.

Went to Renaults to get new front brake pads to fit them myself after phoning to make sure they had them in stock, when I arrived to collect them I was told the mechanics had just used the last 2 sets but they had an opened box with a set that had already had copper grease on the back of them then the mechanic had discovered they were the wrong ones for the Renault he was working on, I got those for half price, cheap.

Fitted the pads very quickly and easily and did a road test, the brakes were pulling to the right and not working very good.

Although I did not disturb the brake fluid I decided to see if they needed bleeding, I did the right front and after putting about a half pint of fluid through I was still getting loads of bubbles.
I put the wheel back on and took the left front wheel off to bleed that one, there was a pool of brake fluid on the ground and the whole of the suspension and wheel were covered in brake fluid.
After searching for 10 minutes I found that a brake pipe had a hole in it caused by the anti roll bar rubbing on it, this could have been rubbing since the car was new, the car has never been damaged in any way since new.

It is a staggering coincidence that just as I decided to fit new pads the pipe finally wore through, the pipe was worn for about an inch in length. frightens me what could have happened at any other time.

My local garage fitted a complete new pipe the next morning for £75.00 after a slow drive to get there.
 

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You should give your local private garage a chance, mine supplied and fitted disc pads for LESS than it cost to buy the pads alone from renault!!

He also did a FULL service, brake fluid, filters the lot using GENUINE renault parts and oils for £190

Tom
 

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You should give your local private garage a chance, mine supplied and fitted disc pads for LESS than it cost to buy the pads alone from renault!!

He also did a FULL service, brake fluid, filters the lot using GENUINE renault parts and oils for £190

Tom

Yes Tom I agree with you, My local garage is only a one man and his lad team, When I asked him about the cambelt renewal he would not go near it. He would have done the brake pads but I have all the equipment and have always done most of my servicing myself, it was a simple quick job to do the brake pads until I found the leaking pipe. I do the servicing, all it costs me is the parts required and I know it is done properly.
 

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You should give your local private garage a chance, mine supplied and fitted disc pads for LESS than it cost to buy the pads alone from renault!!

He also did a FULL service, brake fluid, filters the lot using GENUINE renault parts and oils for £190

Tom
Pads supplied and fitted for less than Renault supply only cost? Dare I ask what make pads were fitted?

Based on experience, brake pads is an area I don't skimp on... had some nasty experiences with some cheap pads!
 
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