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Need Brakes All Round - What's Best?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by JudderMan, Sep 2, 2013.

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    Hi everyone,

    My rear calipers are screwed now as I live near the coast and the salty air seems to have made them seize up or are just about to seize. The front discs could do with replacing too, but I can't figure out if the front calipers need changing...is there a rule of thumb for this or is replacing the rear calipers a good indicator of the fronts needing doing too?

    Checking out the prices online, it looks like:

    front discs and pads £75
    rear discs and pads £41
    front calipers £86 each (£172)
    rear calipers £103 each (£206)

    I never want take the cheap option when it comes to brakes (I once owned a mk2 Escort with brakes that cost more than the car), but £206 for rear calipers is a bit much, and considering S3 front brake setups are £210 from eBay. If they are seized, is a rebuild kit a good idea or is it just putting off the inevitable need to replace the caliper in a few months when the winter sets in again?

    This thread has some decent links http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a3-s3-forum-8l-chassis/114102-brake-caliper-repair.html

    I have a mate that runs a VAG garage and will get him to price things up and another who works at a TPS type shop who pays trade +15% for parts, but as always, I like to hear the ASN views first.
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    Sweet, that's much cheaper cheers!!

    Might as well for S3 fronts and brand new rears for the same price as I was looking at.
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