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    Its bugging me that my brake pedal seems to have loads of dead travel at the top. I've just been out and had a look and i can push it down until the top edge of the pedal is roughly in line with the top edge of the throttle pedal before it starts to get firm. This translates to between 1.5 and 2 inches of dead travel. I don't get the confidence i'd like with them as it is.

    I had a 1.2 Corsa as a courtesy car not too long ago and the brakes on that bit hard right at the top of the pedal's travel. I mentioned this to the dealer and they said they couldn't find anything wrong with mine but i'm not convinced.

    I was just wondering what ammount of dead travel other Astra VXR's brakes have? Mine has only done 6,600 miles so its not as if the pads are wafer thin.
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  • #2
    did you check your brake fluid level?? you may have a leak.

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    • #3
      Brakes probably need bleeding.
      I see dumb people.......
      .....they're everywhere
      .....they walk around like everyone else
      .....they don't even know they're dumb

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      • #4
        The Astra VXR seems to suffer this problem but I think the majority would agree that the brakes need bringing up to temperature fully before the pedal will become properly solid. A characteristic of running fast road friction materials

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MagicDust View Post
          did you check your brake fluid level?? you may have a leak.
          Yeah... Its right up to the MAX marker. I did think about this cus its been playing on my mind for a while.

          Originally posted by Drunken Master View Post
          Brakes probably need bleeding.
          I was wondering about this. Its a bit concerning that i can also press the brake pedal all the way down until it hits some obstruction. I don't know if this is the brake-light-switch or push-rod bottoming out but i'd prefer if the pedal went solid before it hit the bottom of its travel
          I've never had a car where the brake pedal is so soft. I understand that rubber hoses can 'give' a little but my old SRi Turbo never felt like this.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by MAYHEW820 View Post
            The Astra VXR seems to suffer this problem but I think the majority would agree that the brakes need bringing up to temperature fully before the pedal will become properly solid. A characteristic of running fast road friction materials
            This shouldn't effect how solid the brake pedal feels though should it? Its not like the pads and discs are soft when they are cold.
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            • #7
              think a trip to a good dealers or a good garage is needed here , brakes are most importance and need to be checked if your not happy with them

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              • #8
                Originally posted by daz View Post
                think a trip to a good dealers or a good garage is needed here , brakes are most importance and need to be checked if your not happy with them

                Think i'll pop into another dealers tomorrow. I might ask if i can sit in another VXR with the engine running so i can compare.

                So am i assuming that everyone else thinks the brakes on their VXR's feel ok?
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                • #9
                  pump the pedal with engine off untill hard should be nearly no play in it then start your engine with foot still on pedal should creep down about an 1"-1"1/2 this should give u some indication (when pedal is hard) as to weather there is air in system.brake fluid should be changed every 2 yrs hope this helps

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thebluevxr View Post
                    pump the pedal with engine off untill hard should be nearly no play in it then start your engine with foot still on pedal should creep down about an 1"-1"1/2 this should give u some indication (when pedal is hard) as to weather there is air in system.brake fluid should be changed every 2 yrs hope this helps

                    It does pump up hard with the engine off and it is only just over a year old. I want the brakes to feel like that when the engine is on. That Corsa was like that. Wonder if the Astra has a different setup?
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                    • #11
                      it needs to have some softness in the pedal other wise you would have no control on brakeing hard or softly. when pedal creeps down its the servo (Vac assistance) was it corsa b c or d? cos the pedal on b and c is quite hard. but get them checked anyway just in case

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by thebluevxr View Post
                        it needs to have some softness in the pedal other wise you would have no control on brakeing hard or softly. when pedal creeps down its the servo (Vac assistance) was it corsa b c or d? cos the pedal on b and c is quite hard. but get them checked anyway just in case
                        It was a Corsa D. Any ideas what it hits when i push it all the way down?
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                        • #13
                          You defo have a problem if the pedal is decking out matey. Get an independent opinion rather than from an un-interested dealer

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MAYHEW820 View Post
                            You defo have a problem if the pedal is decking out matey. Get an independent opinion rather than from an un-interested dealer

                            It would lock the wheels well before it bottoms but i'm just a bit concerned that i can actually push it all the way down. It seems to stop well enough but the pedal never gets firm in the way i'd like it. I've got a good Vaux specialist near me... I'll pop and see him in the week cus i'm on hol.
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                            • #15
                              If your getting wheel lock then hydraulic pressure is being achieved, hmmmm. My only other train of thought is if the VXR is equipped with an adjustable pedal to master cylinder shaft? Somebody may well come up and say it's fixed length but if it is adjustable then you could get a bit more gain dialled in so the response of the pedal is then much higher up. Just a thought.

                              I did have this problem on a frontera and when I see that it had the adjuster, I then reset the pedal height and the owner was chuffed to bits.

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