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changing brakes on VW jetta

hey guys, my fiancee is asking me to change out the brake pads for her 2006 VW jetta. i've done brakes before and have no problem tackling this project. i just want to ask those of you who have worked on jettas before, are the brakes easy to do? is this pretty much the same as most other cars, getting the pads, cleaning up discs/calipers, grease pads/clips, install, done?

if not, what's needed? special tools? special process? or just have her take it into the shop?

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I did brakes on an Audi A4 and it was straight forward outside of not having lug nuts, it had full bolts holding on the wheels.

guessing VW is the same way, should be straight forward.
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The only thing that you might have to look out for would be retracting the caliper pistons. A lot of VW calipers require that the piston be rotated as it retracted. Failure to do so could damage the caliper. Check the Mk5 forum on vwvortex.com. That forum has a wealth of information and can be very helpful, as long as you don't catch the mod bug while you are there.

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You can't just jamb a screwdriver in with the old pads and wedge those fuckers apart?

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You can't just jamb a screwdriver in with the old pads and wedge those fuckers apart?
Not if they need to be screwed in. Forcing them in can damage the calipers. You don't want to do that on VWs..... Guessing they cost a pretty penny.
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see? not as straight forward as i had thought! glad i asked!!! i'll check out that site, thanks actappalled!

jeffie, think the autozone might have a kit similar to that to rent?

ok looks like i dont need the tool for the front pads, just the rear according to this website. sweet. only the front needs to be replaced for now. i'll check the rear while i'm at it though and if the back needs to be replaced, do em in the near future when i get more info regarding the tool.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6624785_repl...006-jetta.html

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see? not as straight forward as i had thought! glad i asked!!! i'll check out that site, thanks actappalled!

jeffie, think the autozone might have a kit similar to that to rent?

ok looks like i dont need the tool for the front pads, just the rear according to this website. sweet. only the front needs to be replaced for now. i'll check the rear while i'm at it though and if the back needs to be replaced, do em in the near future when i get more info regarding the tool.

How to Replace the Brake Pads on a 2006 Jetta | eHow.com
Glad to help. I'm still new to bikes, but I know my dubs. I thought there was a difference between the front and rear, but I couldn't remember which was which.

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I had a Jetta and yup, you need those tools. I was too lazy to do it and just took it in.
for the front or just the rear? i only need to change the front pads atm.

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its probably just the rear... lots of times that twisting motion is used for the cable activated parking break.

if the caliper pistons dont push in easily you will need to twist them... and you can probably just use a big flat head screwdriver or something.

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its probably just the rear... lots of times that twisting motion is used for the cable activated parking break.

if the caliper pistons dont push in easily you will need to twist them... and you can probably just use a big flat head screwdriver or something.
so do they actually twist in actuation? or just in release?

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so do they actually twist in actuation? or just in release?
not entirely sure... but i think it has something to do with the hand / parking break being cable actuated... ull notice that more than likely there rnt any extra pad's or whatnot for a parking break in the back. think the twist cable actuated disk breaks found on some standard pedal bikes

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ya the twist in ones are only going to be in the back afik... you can see in the video the cable for the parking break go right to the caliper... i doubt the fronts will be like that... as overall the system seems similar to little hondas n whatnot i have worked on where the front are a standard type and the rears are a twist in due to the parking break.

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I had a Jetta IV all 4 calipers are the twist in kind. This is the tool I used.

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interesting... either way ya you can grab one of those lil square things at harbor freight for 7 bucks

Four Wheel Disc Brake Piston Tool

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I was going to link that little square thing, I bought one years ago at trek auto for like $1.99 I remember it being kind of a pain to us at least VS the nice ones.

I'm a tool whore and any time I get a chance to buy a new tool I jump on it.

Here's a thought, the rear brakes should cost you in the $400-500 range (at least in Maryland) If you buy the tool kit, pads, and rotors if needed, you will spend around $100-150 depending on if its OEM parts or not. Then you'll have the tool kit for next time.

This is what I have.

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$39.99 on sale. Worth every penny if you do a few brake jobs.
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Are you buying the pads at autozone. ? They sell shit pads. buy quality pads fro napa or car quest or online somewhere. wagner duralast house brands are junk at o'reillies autozone and advanced. Napa's top shelf pads are damn good pads last a long time and stop better than oem even on a vette.

when pressing the pistons back in open the bleeder and let out the old used fluid in the caliper not doing so just pushes the old crap back into the master cylinder. this is how you get black fluid. THe stuff is design d to absorb moisture and can only hold so much. it turns black from burning up the additives. A brakes system will last decades iff cared for properly. or just a few short pad slaps if not.

This will off coarse require some brake fluid.

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when pressing the pistons back in open the bleeder and let out the old used fluid in the caliper not doing so just pushes the old crap back into the master cylinder.

This will off coarse require some brake fluid.
+1, ESPECIALLY if it has ABS, ot doing so will push the crap fluid back into the ABS pump and cause long term damage.(don't ask me how I know this...)

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