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S3 Brake pads - are they worn?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Ben S3 8P3, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Ben S3 8P3
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    [Oct 18, 2012]
    How can I tell if my brake pads are worn down. (8P3)

    Im not overly impressed with the braking performance, and I think it must be down to worn pads.

    How often do people usually change theirs?

    And do you all have a preference to an upgrade of pad that is also quite long life.


    Thanks for your help,

    Ben
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    A pretty cave-man style basic test would be to have a look at the gap between caliper and disk. If that gap is too small to get your little finger in then the pads are reasonably worn!
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    I didnt mention. Its done 19,000 miles and I dont think they have been changed
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    Should last more like +30k miles.
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    Oh really? That seems like a long time, because I presume the car will have been driven hard at some point.

    They do seem effective with some pressure but they lack the initial bite that I would have expected
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    Maybe needs bleeding?
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    all makes and model of parts are not equal. If in doubt . change them mate.
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    Mix of opinions on performance pads. Some like Ferodo DS2500, others like EBC yellows, but some just go for a full disc pad upgrade!
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