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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old April 27th, 2003, 07:45   #16
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Default Rear brake pad and rotor replacement

Thanks, Cosmic, for the great post! I replaced the rear brakes on my wife's New Beetle TDI on Thursday and used your excellent desription and photos. Job went well. I was suprised to see the pads worn to the metal in only 60, 000 km, but I guess that is not too unusual from reading other posts on this forum.

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PS: This is my first post here, and have to say that this is a super source of information for TDI owners. Thanks Fred and everyone who contributes.

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Old May 5th, 2003, 12:46   #17
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Thank You Cosmic!!!

Your post got me through rear brake replacement today without a hitch.

Couple of notes: Advance Auto Parts has a caliper tool available for loan. Worked perfectly.

Also, I didn't find any reason to disconnect the parking brake cables.

Job took about 2 1/2 hours start to finish.
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Old June 14th, 2003, 20:58   #18
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I too did my first rear brake job today. My 01 Jetta TDI was "metal to metal" (I hate that scrubbing sound) at 45,000 miles. I got the new rotors ($40. per pair!) and the mintex pads from vwparts.com . Total time for job was under two hours. Thanks much to Cosmic (your photos are much better than the drawings in the Bentley manual). Also thanks to Metalnerd (Chuck) and his wife the the prompt shipment of the brake reset tool. I had fun doing this job and got much satisfaction from doing it myself. That is so much better than taking it somewhere and then wondering if they did it right! This was a very straightforward job that just about anyone with some mechanical ability could perform. Thanks again to all!
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Old July 2nd, 2003, 14:13   #19
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I didn't need to loosen the carrier - minor point but still not needed.

I removed the 'springs' to clean all surfaces and give them a thin coating of sil-glyde . . .

and bleed before and a tiny bit afterwards but Some theorists say do NOT bleed DURING the piston wind back. I did not and had a very easy time using the Metalnerd brake wind back tool
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Old July 31st, 2003, 10:46   #20
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Great article TT!!
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Old August 1st, 2003, 09:17   #21
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Quote:
str8edg Jetter said:
Great article TT!!
glad i found this thread. i'll be using it soon.
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Old September 12th, 2003, 20:53   #22
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Does anyone know what happened to the pictures in this post?
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Old September 12th, 2003, 21:04   #23
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Cosmic posted pictures hosted at a Kentucky University site instead of the TDICLUB picture server. They appear to be unavailable now.
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Old September 12th, 2003, 21:15   #24
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Just if anyone cares, my rear pads lasted 110k miles
The front...there still OEM, car has 121k miles, 1\4" of pad left, calipers are working, car still stops like it did when it was new. VW parts is where its at on the brakes anyway. No one can believe it. Even VW is suprised. Yes, all highway miles.
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Old September 14th, 2003, 19:45   #25
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Some people like to open the bleeder valve and purge the old fluid during windback. I have found that windback tools work better without opening the bleeder valve. The extra backpressure helps to keep the tool engaged. Bleed them after all reassembly and give the neighbor kid something to do: Press, hold, release, again,.......
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Old September 15th, 2003, 20:45   #26
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Bill Kriese said:
Does anyone know what happened to the pictures in this post?

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The resource that those pics are on had a drive go south. Information is still intact, but we are waiting on a replacement drive. They should be back up soon. [img]/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Old September 22nd, 2003, 13:59   #27
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Pics back online :-)
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Old September 23rd, 2003, 06:24   #28
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Good to see the pictures back. This post assisted me in the change of my pads and rotors. Maybe it should go into the faq area as a reference for others.
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Old September 23rd, 2003, 07:37   #29
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The torque value for the M6 philips head screw that holds on the rotor is very low i.e. 35 in-lbs or just under 3 ft-lbs.
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Old January 31st, 2004, 18:39   #30
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Is it just me, or have the photos disappeared again?
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