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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

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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    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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  3. essIII

    essIII Active Member

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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!
     
  4. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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    I didnt mention. Its done 19,000 miles and I dont think they have been changed
     
  5. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    Should last more like +30k miles.
     
  6. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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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
     
  7. Double J

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    Maybe needs bleeding?
     
  8. MrLapou

    MrLapou Well-Known Member

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    all makes and model of parts are not equal. If in doubt . change them mate.
     
  9. warren_S5

    warren_S5 Moderator
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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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