VW brake pads need to be replaced at least every 5,000 miles. When you first notice a problem with your brakes, it’s important to take them in for inspection as soon as possible.
If the pads are beyond their expiration date or if they have wear indicators on them, then it is time to replace them before any further damage happens.
Before changing the brake pads, yourself, always make sure that all of the screws and bolts that attach the pad assembly are tight; otherwise, you could end up causing more harm than good.
After replacing your VW brake pads, clean all surfaces where dust and debris can accumulate- this will help keep your car braking properly in future years.
About VW Brake Pads
VW brake pads are a necessity for safe driving in any weather condition. Brake pads must be replaced every 3 to 5 years, depending on the vehicle and use. The wear indicator is typically located on the rotor or hub of your VW’s disc brakes (front or rear).
When it reaches the yellow zone, it means that you need to replace your brake pad(s) ASAP. If you have questions about when your particular car needs new brake pads, don’t hesitate to contact our experts at Volkswagen of Santa Clarita – we’re here to help.
Aftermarket brands also offer quality replacement parts for VW drivers in SCV and beyond – so shop around and find what’s best for you.
At Volkswagen of Santa Clarita, we know how important safety is on the roads – so rest assured knowing that our team is dedicated to providing top-notch service 365 days a year.
How to Change VW Brake Pads -Step by Step Process
If your VW brake pads are getting worn down and need to be replaced, follow these steps to change them yourself:
Remove the Brake Pedal
When you’re ready to change your VW brake pads, it’s important that you first remove the pedal from the floorboard. This will make it easier for you to get access to and replace the pads.
Next, disconnect both of the hose connections from each braided line on each caliper: one at either end near where they connect to the piston (brake disk).
Remove Old Brake Pads
Now that all of the hoses are disconnected, it’s time to take off each pad by pulling up on it while simultaneously pushing down on two clips located just below its outer edge (see image above). Be careful not to damage either side of your rotor.
Install New Brake Pads & Clips
Once your new brake pads have arrived, put them in place as follows: position a clip over one end of a pad, push down until its edges lock into place against both sides of a caliper’s pistons (brake disks), then press firmly until it clicks into place
Repeat this step for each pad. Finally, reattach both ends of each hose using their respective connectors – be sure not to overtighten any clamps or hoses.
When to Change VW Brake Pads
If you’re noticing a lot of squealing or grinding when you drive, it’s probably time to replace your Volkswagen brake pads.
Over time, the friction between the pad and disc can wear out and cause problems.
Grinding noise when braking
If you’re noticing a grinding noise when you brake, it may be time to replace your VW’s brake pads.
This issue can cause brakes to feel weak or sluggish and sometimes even lead to the inability of your vehicle to stop on a hill.
Brakes Feel Weak or Sluggish
When the brake pads wear out, they can become less effective at slowing down the car. This issue often manifests itself as reduced stopping power and difficulty in making turns during emergency stops.
Vehicle Fails to Stop on a Hill
If you notice that your car is having difficulty stopping when you apply the brakes, it may be time for you to replace your brake pads.
A worn-out or damaged braking system can lead to an inability of the car to slow down in time, which could result in a dangerous situation
A worn-out brake pad will not provide enough friction against the disk surface which causes your car to skid uncontrollably when you try to stop suddenly on an incline – this is especially true in wet conditions where water can seep under the brake pads and cause them to rust quickly.
Brake Pads Wear Out Frequently
Brake pads are designed to stop your car on a hill by using friction between the pad and the rotors.
As brake pads wear out, they become less effective at doing this and can cause your vehicle to fail to stop on a hill. This issue may also cause your car to have trouble stopping on level ground as well.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace Brake Pads VW?
Brake Pads VW replacement can cost anywhere between $150 per axle and $450 per axle, depending on the make and model of Volkswagen.
What Brand of Brake Pads Does VW Use?
Volkswagen uses Hella Pagid brake pads.
How Long Do Volkswagen Brake Pads Last?
Volkswagen brake pads should last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace All 4 Brake Pads and Rotors?
The cost to replace all four brake pads and rotors can vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle, but on average, it will cost between $300 and $800.
Can You Put New Brake Pads on Old Discs?
If the car is new, the brake pads can be replaced with new ones without having to change the discs. If the car is six or more years old, the brake pads and discs will need to be replaced together.
Are Brake Pad Shims Necessary?
No, they aren’t so necessary. You don’t need brake pad shims.
VW brake pads use compressed air to stop the car. The brake pad has an expiry date, and needs to be replaced at that time or when it shows signs of wear and tear.
When changing your VW brake pads, you must first remove the wheel After taking off the wheel, you need to unscrew the retaining screws on each side of your caliper.
Carefully lift out your old pads with a screwdriver then install your new ones in their place- making sure not to overtighten them.
Replace both screws on each side and reattach the caliper bracket using either Loctite or a sealant if desired Put everything back together by reversing these steps- ensuring torque is applied evenly throughout.