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Most front VW brake pads have wear sensors built right into the brake pad material. If you see the VW brake warning light illuminated on your dash board instrument cluster, you have approximately 3,000 miles left on your front pads and VW brake rotors. It's usually less than 3,000 miles if you're hard on the brakes, which most of us are. When you see this light go on VW brake repair service is in the near future.
The rear VW brake pads don't include wear sensors and thus, won't cause the VW brake pad warning light to come on. The main indication of worn rear VW brake rotors is a grinding metal-on-metal sound coming from the rear of the car every time you depress the brake pedal. When the VW brake pad material has been fully exhausted, contact with the VW brake rotor will cause this type of grinding sound. You should seek an VW brake repair service immediately when you hear this grinding noise. Usually these symptoms occur when there is between 40,000 to 80,000 miles on your brake pads and rotors.
It is important to know that new VW brake pads should be bedded in carefully. When new brakes are installed, you need to go easy for the first 150-200 miles. Some customers were perplexed after installing a new set of VW brake pads and rotors because they were experiencing squealing. They have commented that their brake pedal "just doesn't feel quite right." What's causing this?
Typically, all replacement brake rotors after being manufactured are stored and shipped with an oil or cosmoline applied to the brake rotor face. This is done to prevent rust during storage and transport. Often, when it comes time to install the brake rotor, the rushed mechanic doesn't take the time to remove this residue believing it will "burn off" right after you apply the brake pedal a few times. It is important to understand that if oily residue is left on the brake rotor face you will potentially ruin your new VW brake pads and rotors. Why? Because the oil residue will embed itself on the new VW brake pads and become "glazed." This causes them to "slip" instead of "bite" into the new brake rotor face. The glazed brake rotor or brake pads generate more heat when slipping and do not allow for the proper brake rotor and brake pad break-in conditions to take place. This condition will, as well, cause the brakes to feel weak when you push on the pedal.
New VW brake pads shouldn't be used with old brake rotors (visa versa). Why? The surface area of a new VW brake pad must come in contact with a flat/smooth rotor, free from imperfections (see image below). The face of an old brake rotor is imperfect and has a glazed and scored surface instead of a flat/smooth surface. Using old brake rotors with imperfections will not allow the new VW brake pads to be bedded in properly. This will result in weak braking performance and VW brake pad squealing. Therefore, always install new brake rotors when installing new VW brake pads. That is why Blauparts offers VW brake pads with rotors in one convenient kit to ensure successful brake repair.
Are you experiencing pulsing through the brake petal when applying the brakes? Or a shuddering vibration through the car when braking? Brake replacement is often conveyed as a simple service. Some chain "we-fix-everything-for-less" repair shops focus on turn around – rather than the quality of a brake job. Just slap on a new pair of rotors and pads? Not necessarily. Assuming that it's as simple as warped rotors could end up costing you more money in the long run. Why?
Tips on how to ensure correct VW brake pad replacement.
INSPECTION Road conditions, age, and resulting rust and pitting affect a lot more than just the rotors and pads. Brake rotors and pads are just two parts of a comprehensive braking system. The braking system's main components include: Brake rotors, brake pads, brake hoses, calipers, caliper carrier brackets, caliper guide pins and boots, brake pad retaining clips, hoses, wheel hubs, brake fluid, brake master cylinder, etc. Spending the extra time and money to properly inspect and diagnose the root cause of brake problems before diving into repair is imperative. Some owners just throw a new pair of rotors and pads on, only to have their symptoms return shortly thereafter. Make sure you choose a reputable ASE certified mechanic that is familiar with your particular VW or VW model.
Before investing in brake repair be sure to properly inspect all brake components, in particular the following:
- Caliper piston, which is located under the caliper piston boot. Look for any pitting or rust. If you note any pitting or rust behind the boot, the caliper should be rebuilt or replaced.
- Check the brake hoses for any signs of age or splitting.
- Confirm the integrity of your brake fluid, it's color and age.
- Confirm brake master cylinder functions. Example: Use an infrared heat gauge to look at the temperature of each rotor after a test drive. A temperature difference often points to an underlying issue on a particular side that may require a more detailed inspection.
SURFACE PREPARATION Common premature brake issues after brake rotor and pad replacement are usually caused because one of the following areas were not properly cleaned. Be sure that they are free of all debris, rust, grooves, pitting, sharp edges, and are just like new:
- Wheel hub [IMAGE 1]. If the rusting and pitting is horrible the hub should be replaced. If it isn't replaced, the new brake rotors won't ride 100% true. Use a brake hub and rotor True Gauge Tool to confirm correct brake rotor alignment.
- Brake pad to caliper mating surfaces, the caliper piston, and outside of caliper [IMAGE 2, IMAGE 3]. This allows the new pad to ride true to the caliper piston.
- Brake caliper pins [IMAGE 4].
- Brake pad to carrier bracket mounting points / contact points, where the pad slides on carrier bracket [IMAGE 5, IMAGE 6]. Usually a medium grit scotch brite pad is sufficient to achieve smooth surfaces. If pitting is really bad a minor file might be needed.
HELPFUL TIPS Apply light grease to the brake carrier contact areas to slow down rusting. Lightly apply anti seize to the clean hub to slow down rusting. Lightly grease the caliper carrier pins [IMAGE 7].
PICTURED EXAMPLE: 1 previous owner 1997 VW A4 with approximately 100,000 miles on it. Service records indicated this was the 2nd brake service performed since date of sale. Note the debris, rust, grooves, pitting, sharp edges. It's important to take the time to properly clean all contact areas and make them just like new.
IMAGE 1VW wheel hub [IMAGE 1]. If the rusting and pitting is horrible the hub should be replaced. If it isn't replaced, the new VW brake rotors won't ride 100% true. Use a brake hub and rotor True Gauge Tool to confirm correct VW brake rotor alignment.
IMAGE 2VW brake pad to caliper mating surfaces, the caliper piston, and outside of caliper [IMAGE 2, IMAGE 3]. This allows the new pad to ride true to the VW caliper piston.
IMAGE 4VW brake caliper pins [IMAGE 4].
IMAGE 5VW brake pad to carrier bracket mounting points / contact points, where the pad slides on carrier bracket [IMAGE 5, IMAGE 6]. Usually a medium grit scotch brite pad is sufficient to achieve smooth surfaces. If pitting is really bad a minor file might be needed.
IMAGE 7HELPFUL TIPS Apply light grease to the VW brake carrier contact areas to slow down rusting. Lightly apply anti seize to the clean hub to slow down rusting. Lightly grease the VW caliper carrier pins [IMAGE 7].
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• Improved durability and better VW brake pedal feel, inspiring braking confidence in all driving conditions, even when subjected to extreme race track conditions.
• Excellent stopping power (with great bite), low dust and no squeal.
• European Made - Superior quality confirmed by ECE-R-90 approval.
• Formulated specifically for the size and weight of your car.
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1. O.E. Specified Metal Shim Backing Plate - Reduces vibration and noise; prevents squealing and warping.
2. High Temp Powder Coating - Makes the view through your alloy wheels pleasant for a long time.
3. Patented NRS Mechanical Retention System - Assures a perfect bonding between the friction material and the backing plate.
4. Proprietary Adhesive - Ensures NRS plate and the friction material is secured under all conditions.
5. Proprietary Under Layer Material - Absorbs and transfers heat away from the friction material resulting in less brake fade during aggressive driving conditions.
6. Chamfering - Eliminates judder and improves the proper bedding of the brake pad into the brake rotor face.
7. Twaron® Based Composite Premix - The foundation for an excellent friction material improving the bonding of material to the backing plate.
8. Composite Friction Material (Semi-Metallic) - "Positive warm molding technology" provides excellent bite and brake pedal control with no fade and low dust.
9. Scorching - Thermal treatment of the friction surface at 600°C produces a brake pad that resists "brake fade" in extreme conditions.
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