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

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    [May 22, 2013]
    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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    [May 22, 2013]
    Normal.. I use a local Indy.
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    [May 22, 2013]
    Normal. No need for an Audi specialist to do brake pads.
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    [May 22, 2013]
    Normal Audi want £140 for front pad change and £130 for the rears
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    [May 22, 2013]
    Save even more and do it yourself?
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    [May 23, 2013]
    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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    [May 23, 2013]
    +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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    [May 23, 2013]
    It is straightforward but can be tough without the caliper wind back tools for the rear.
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    [May 23, 2013]
    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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    [May 23, 2013]
    windback.JPG

    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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    [May 23, 2013]
    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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    [May 24, 2013]
    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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