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Posted: 10/23/2013 3:38:32 AM EST
So the wife's car needs brake pads.

The dealership wants stupid money to do it.

I have done brakes on Honda's, Ford's, Chevy's, Toyota's and Chrysler's before.

Is there anything significantly different on a VW?
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 3:45:41 AM EST
Unlikely. Brakes are brakes. My 330ci is German obviously and it is not anything special. I try not to go to the Stealership if I can avoid it. Parts is parts IMO.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 3:51:16 AM EST
A lot of german cars have brake pistons that rotate in. Not difficult just different.

Can you find a youtube video for it?
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 3:55:53 AM EST
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A lot of german cars have brake pistons that rotate in. Not difficult just different.

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Actually I cannot. Almost all of them are 2003 or prior.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 3:56:54 AM EST
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Actually I cannot. Almost all of them are 2003 or prior.
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Originally Posted By NoHarmNoFAL:
Originally Posted By BillofRights:
A lot of german cars have brake pistons that rotate in. Not difficult just different.

Can you find a youtube video for it?


Actually I cannot. Almost all of them are 2003 or prior.

hit the VW car forums
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 3:59:59 AM EST
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what do you mean rotate in? The piston rotates as it goes in and out? How does that work? is the backside threaded?
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:12:42 AM EST
Pretty straight forward.

Check rotors. Most mfg want rotors replaced when bad. Not many places re-surface anymore.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:22:07 AM EST
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what do you mean rotate in? The piston rotates as it goes in and out? How does that work? is the backside threaded?
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Originally Posted By BillofRights:
A lot of german cars have brake pistons that rotate in. Not difficult just different.

Can you find a youtube video for it?


what do you mean rotate in? The piston rotates as it goes in and out? How does that work? is the backside threaded?


thats only on the rear, it sets the parking brake.

the front on that jetta are easy, easy as it gets.
the rear have to be rotated in.

no turn on rotors, replace only, if required (pulsation, grooving, wear limit or dished)

some of the new cars, passats, audi's ect have electric rear parking brake that requires a scan tool in order to retract. forcing them will destroy them.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:35:06 AM EST
I have factory service manuals for my cars. They come in very handy. Check Craigslist and Ebay.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:38:10 AM EST
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and my 2007 Jetta is exactly that way.

You can get a compression tool which which will rotate and compress the piston at the same time from Harbor Freight for about $15.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:42:34 AM EST
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and my 2007 Jetta is exactly that way.

You can get a compression tool which which will rotate and compress the piston at the same time from Harbor Freight for about $15.
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Originally Posted By charliepete67:
Originally Posted By BillofRights:
A lot of german cars have brake pistons that rotate in. Not difficult just different.

Can you find a youtube video for it?


and my 2007 Jetta is exactly that way.

You can get a compression tool which which will rotate and compress the piston at the same time from Harbor Freight for about $15.


They rotate in the front on your '07?
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 4:49:59 AM EST
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This. Take all the guesswork out of it.

Sometimes you can even find the FSM online for free.

Link Posted: 10/23/2013 5:14:50 AM EST
We have virtually the same car.

How many miles on it?

I got a recall notice recently for a hose bursting of some sort.
I took it in to the dealership, apparently the tab on the windshield washer fluid can rub against a hose causing it to burst.

The solution? Cut the tab off - and then try to sell me a "brake fluid change" for $350.

I hate dealerships.
Link Posted: 10/23/2013 5:17:08 AM EST
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They rotate in the front on your '07?
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Originally Posted By charliepete67:
Originally Posted By BillofRights:
A lot of german cars have brake pistons that rotate in. Not difficult just different.

Can you find a youtube video for it?


and my 2007 Jetta is exactly that way.

You can get a compression tool which which will rotate and compress the piston at the same time from Harbor Freight for about $15.


They rotate in the front on your '07?


no, no front rotate in.. 10 years vw repair here.
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:28:44 PM EST
I did both fronts and rears today.

I will say that overall, not that bad but I was lacking some tools. I didn't have the tool to turn the rear calipers back in so i went to the parts store and bought a tool which didn't work well at all. I ended up using a pair of needle nose pliars which fit perfectly and got it worked out.

In total I spent $98. I figure I saved about $450-$500 dollars doing it myself instead of taking it to a dealership service department.

Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:42:29 PM EST
All I know is that the rear pads wore a heck of a lot quicker on my '06 Jetta. Pulled the fronts on and off easily. Just like it should be done. The rear pads were completely gone and the rotors needed to be replaced. Had to buy a triple square set of sockets to try and pull the brake carriers off. Wasn't happening...the mechanic I talked to me laughed at me on the phone. Said they regularly break tools pulling those off...maybe I was getting a line of crap but I could break them free without climbing under the car, which I wasn't about to do since I was only using a couple of jacks and widow makers. I submitted and took the car to a garage.

Of course maybe I shouldn't have driven 100K on original brakes...
Link Posted: 10/26/2013 4:54:33 PM EST
My local shop had to use a star socket while replacing the rear brakes. Not sure where it was used exactly. Mileage was 57,600.
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