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Brake pad/disc replacement guide?

doublem_1 Sep 14, 2010

  1. doublem_1

    doublem_1 Member

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    I'm looking to replace the front brake pads and maybe discs on my A3 TDI Quattro. I was just wondering if anyone has been so kind to make a how to guide on doing it. Or maybe even just a list of what tools are needed would be great.
     
  2. finesse

    finesse Active Member

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    Pay someone to do it if you need to ask how.....
     
  3. rossbrownlee

    rossbrownlee Ross_S4

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    Very understandable reply above, brakes save your life plain and simple.
    However, everyone has to learn sometime / somehow. Do you have any mates /family etc that are handy with the tools? can you get someone with a bit of experience to do it with you and show you the ropes?
    Since u have the a3 I assume the Haynes manual will cover it, other than that you could get a copy of Elsawin off fleabay. I did that for mine and it has been excellent with all the information u could ever want and more (at least for an amateur / enthusiast).
     
  4. doublem_1

    doublem_1 Member

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    Sorry guys if I came across a bit amatuerish, I have replaced pads and discs on my previous cars, fiesta and mondeo. But they were fords and very easy. I just thought there might be a bit more to it with the A3
     
  5. rossbrownlee

    rossbrownlee Ross_S4

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    Sorry mate misunderstood your post, didn't mean to sound condescending.
    No, there's nothing really more complicated than with other cars.

    I am at work just now so don't have elsa and can't remember totally but iirc it is 7mm hex bit for the caliper slider bolts and it is 17mm a/f socket for the caliper carrier bolting to the hub. I used a caliper tool to retract the pistons but a g clamp will work fine for the fronts. Sure someone can let u know the torque specs for fitting the carrier and caliper back on.

    I used a spare bit of twin & earth cable to support the caliper while it was off, tied it round the spring.
     
  6. doublem_1

    doublem_1 Member

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    Ok now worries, thanks for the reply. Much appreciated. I just need to buy the parts, a torque wrench and a 7mm hex bit and I'll be ready :)
     
  7. doublem_1

    doublem_1 Member

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    Oh, and it is dot 5.1 brake fluid A3s use isn't it?
     
  8. rossbrownlee

    rossbrownlee Ross_S4

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    Not sure about 5.1 mate, someone else I am sure will confirm. I just use the standard VAG stuff from the dealer.
     
  9. Dane

    Dane Had an 8L S3, a B5 RS4 now I have a B8 S4

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    Im on dot 4 with brembos, the stuff Tuffty uses.
     

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