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New brakepads needed ?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Peterhendo, May 22, 2013.

  1. Peterhendo

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    Ok guys just had a free health check done on my 08 1.6 3door sport audi highly reccomend i grt break pads asap he said the front have 80 percent wear on them and the rear 70 percent wear should i get this done by audi or go to a normall garage? Thanks
     
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  3. MrLapou

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    Normal.. I use a local Indy.
     
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    Normal. No need for an Audi specialist to do brake pads.
     
  5. SPARTAN91

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    Normal Audi want £140 for front pad change and £130 for the rears
     
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    Save even more and do it yourself?
     
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    We have had a few that have been to Audi for brakes and then come to us next time and we are normally a good 40% cheaper.
     
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    Is doing it yourself not an option? Brake pads are one of those jobs that looks complicated but when you've done it once you'll be amazed at how easy it is.

    I think everyone should at least try it once.
     
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    +1 i was showed once and i dont think i could forget, although some vehicle makes are different. it's really straight forward.
     
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    It is straightforward but can be tough without the caliper wind back tools for the rear.
     
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    I use the peg spanner supplied with my grinder for this.
     
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    The what? I did the rears without.
     
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    You need it to wind back the caliper piston. I had to use it on mine (the pads were getting low).
     
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    Ah that's what it looks like! I just did it the old fashioned way :superman:
     
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    i thought the piston had to turn to retract ,so can`t push the piston in without turn no matter how much force is used.
    what old fashioned method did you use ?
     
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    I used a G clamp on my Clio piston
     
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    My local specialist told me I could wait for the warning light to come on.
     
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    Brute force and ignorance.

    I'd be a little wary of that, when I took mine off I found that only the nearside had the sensor yet the offside pad had worn much more.
     
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    Fronts are easy but rears are more challenging. Especially when 90 per cent of the time their seized
     
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    Rear ones can indeed seize and it takes a lot of time, patience and strength.
    The later you leave it - the more difficult it will be.
     

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