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Rubbish brakes

s11nny Nov 30, 2015

  1. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    Ever since owning my a3 the brakes are not sharp and dont give a good bite. The disc and pads were changed by previous owner also reciepts show good quality parts.

    Also the car locks up too under heavy brakeing, some lock up is acceptable but this is doing at low speeds. No lights show in dashboard,
    Any ideas
     
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  3. xpoweruk

    xpoweruk TTTS 8J Smile Machine

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    Are the tyres of good quality and condition ?
     
  4. S3Alex

    S3Alex Rarely neutral Gold Supporter

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    What are the specs of the current brake setup?

    Discs/pads etc,and how is it used.....driven hard etc?
     
  5. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    Does the ABS not work if the brakes are locking up ?. As Xpoweruk says the tyres play a big part in braking especially this time of the year when it's cold and wet. If they are cheap ditch finders that will probably be most of your problem.
     
  6. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    tyres are Pirelli pzero rosso all round have about 5mm of tread, standard disc and pad setup for a 1.8tfsi, changed recently by the old owner have receipts from eurcarparts shows up as pagid pads(which are oem).
    it locks up even at low speeds 20mph, not even that much force is applied,
    approaching lights, junctions also is poor performance, theres no feel in them,
     
  7. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    When you say it locks up do you mean the ABS is kicking in. This can happen if the ABS sensor is faulty or not in the correct position or quite often the reluctor ring is split. Had this happen twice on cars I have owned.
    The ABS sensor sees missing pulses and thinks the wheel has locked so the ABS kicks in.
    Also the Pagid parts ECP sell I don't think are the same quality and same parts as the OE parts. They are good pads but I know the Pagid discs ECP sell are not the same parts as the OE discs.
    http://www.reluctorrings.com/fitting/slotted
     
  8. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    deffo locking up, as you can hear it/feel the tyres skidding. also can feel it lock through the steering, and brake pedal, may take it to get investigated when my service is due,
     
  9. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    just drove to work and tested them, its more of a grinding, vibrating sound, how much are reluctor rings, can you replace them without a new driveshaft as some cars require a new driveshaft if these have gone
     
  10. Sayam

    Sayam Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Has the car been scanned with vcds? Any codes?
     
  11. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    car has been on a diagnostic machine for a previous issue by audi, they never picked anything up,
     
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  13. Ibisa3

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    How does your pedal feel when you are stationary ?

    Check all the flexis for damage. have an assistant apply a good amount of pedal pressure whilst you check them over ;-)
     
  14. SootySport

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    Your not confusing the abs applying and releasing the brakes with the grinding of the brakes are you? This is how it should work. Only mentioning this as my neighbour bought his first newish ABS car last year and didn't realise he had to keep his foot hard on the pedal constantly. The pedal then vibrates as the abs sets to work until you stop.
     
  15. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    hi, its deffo something wrong, my old car had abs, and never had these issues, I'm going to take to a garage. have checked the pedal, when pumping it with foot resistance builds up so no air in system, may do a brake fluid service change may fix it, main issue is that they are not sharp, my old Astra had way sharper brakes,
     
  16. Sayam

    Sayam Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    I came from a Corolla 2.0D4D and again, when I first got the A3 the brakes aren't sharp at all. The only thing I will say (mines had new pads all round and brake fluid upgraded to DOT5.1) is that speaking from experience these brakes will stop the car on a dime.

    But I know what you mean. For example in mine, when driving up to a junction just before you come to a stop they don't give you that 'bite' or 'clamp' that I was use to in my old car. It's almost as though you have to push the pedal further to make the car come to a stop, whereas in the corolla, the same constant pressure would make the car come to a stop.

    Tbh I've just written if off as a quirk of the braking system, but if you do fix it please let me know :)
     
  17. Jimboginge

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    Might be worth checking the rear calipers. If these weren't rewound properly then it could cause problems. Maybe they have been forced back instead of being rewound, I've seen people make this mistake a few times.
     
  18. Sayam

    Sayam Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    I was there when the mechanic changed the pads and he used the caliper tool to wind it back.

    The time before that (before I owned the car) Audi changed the discs and pads.

    What would be the way to tell damage and is it a new caliper to fix?
     
  19. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    might have found the problem, have looked at the receipt for the pads that were fitted and after searching euro car parts using the part number on receipt, it comes back as eicher pads, which are rubbish, I will be changing these the ebc green stuff, what pads are best for a standard a3 tfsi, cant afford a s3 conversion so needs to be oem,
     
  20. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    I wouldn't bother with Green stuff pads just pay the extra £10 and go for red stuff. A lot less dust and a much better pad.
    I believe if you have 288mm or 312mm ATE brakes the correct pad is these
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EBC-Redst...004953?hash=item43e3b39119:g:zroAAOSwgNRV8AYY

    Eicher pads seem to get a lot of bad press if you google them . But according to this they are made in Britian by TMD friction. They make Textar , Mintex and Pagid pads.
    http://accreditation.theimi.org.uk/magazine-product/eicher-brake-pads
     
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  21. leshkin

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    One thing I've learned after using Red Stuff pads with EBC Ultimax disks on my S3 is to never completely stop after driving and braking hard even for for a short period of time without letting them cool. The pads leave brake residue/imprints on the disk if you keep the brake pedal pressed, which causes brake judder down the line due to the deposits causing uneven braking - very not pleasant. I guess it goes for any brakes, but the best advise I got given is to always ensure that brakes cool down a little before coming to a complete stop. Not knocking EBC gear - just sharing my experience with it.
     
  22. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    The same is true of any pad. If you read the brake in instructions for most pads it specifically states not to stop completely, and to make sure the brakes have fully cooled before stopping and applying the handbrake. If you have to stop probably better to put the handbrake on as the rear discs don't get anywhere near as hot as the front brakes.
     
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  23. s11nny

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    thanks for the replies will be changing these now, I have 288 mm disc can I put the larger 312mm on without changing the calipers and carriers
     
  24. SootySport

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    I always use Pagid pads on my road cars, can't beat 'em. If you do go the 312 route you'll be using the same pads anyway.
     
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  26. thesaint08

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    I wouldn't expect poor pads to cause the brakes to lock up at slow speeds.
     
  27. s11nny

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    wasn't locking, just vibrating grinding noise, sounded like locking, I am changing pads tomorrow, pagid as they seem respected on forums also Euro car parts have 50 percent off all parts
     
  28. thesaint08

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    You could see how I was confused:

     
  29. audismart

    audismart YOU ARE JUDGED BY THE CAR YOU DRIVE.

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    Pagid pads and discs on mine and Ive got dsg, stops on a dime and very sharp to stop, dsg have slightly larger pads and discs but you shouldnt see much of a difference with a standard set up. Dont bother green stuff red stuff or whatever stuff on a road car,
     
  30. s11nny

    s11nny Registered User

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    Yep can see how u got confused. It sounded at first like locking up to me. Upon further investigation its just noise and vibration. also because pads were rubbish i had to put more pressure on which caused a few lockups. Will be going pagid
    Thanks for all the help
     
  31. mookster

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    The 3.2 brake set-up is pretty smart, and probably a cheaper upgrade than S3. Don't forget to change/upgrade fronts and rears together to ensure the brake bias remains as designed
     
  32. s11nny

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    have gone for pagid discs and pads at the front, already noticed a difference much sharper, not run in properly yet, but once they are then they will be perfect, old pads went straight in the bin lol,
     
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  34. Rob C

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    I thought the 3.2 and S3 brakes were the same?
     
  35. audismart

    audismart YOU ARE JUDGED BY THE CAR YOU DRIVE.

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    Find a DSG scrap car and use the calipers and discs from that, even cheaper.
     
  36. Sayam

    Sayam Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    They are.
     
  37. mookster

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    Ah, I didn't think mine were the same, they just look like large normal sliding calipers, not the four pots like an S3. Perhaps they were changed on later 3.2s :shrug:
     
  38. Rob C

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    S3's don't have four pots ;-)
     
  39. Sayam

    Sayam Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    They're the same. S3 ones look prettier because of the fancy clip with S3 written on it lol.

    Lots of people with R32 brakes order the Golf R one from the mk6 to achieve the same look :)
     
  40. Techen

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    My pedal was great until a few days ago, I found a cracked hose that leads into the master so thats getting replaced, Also checked my front discs and pads, Welp... Xmas has to wait now :D
     
  41. mookster

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    Ha, gotcha :relaxed:
     
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