BEFORE YOU START
You could just transfer some secondhand parts from a 1.8 that’s being scrapped, but given how important brakes are to your safety, we’d suggest buying new discs all-round, and a fresh set of pads to go with them. And by the time you’ve bled all four brakes, you’ll have replaced the brake fluid, too.
When you pull your new discs out of the box, typically they are covered in a protective coating: remember to clean this off before fitting them.
At the stage where you disconnect the brake fluid pipes from the calipers, there’s bound to be some leakage – brake fluid is highly corrosive, so place some old bits of rag on the ground beneath the discs to help protect your garage floor or driveway. And when bleeding the brakes, recruit a mate to top up the reservoir as it drains.
YOU WILL NEED
Metal file and wire brush
Loctite or similar
12 and 14mm sockets
4mm Allen key
Universal grease and rubber grease Brake fluid bleeding kit
Small metal cutting disc
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