FAQs—Volkswagen Brake Disc and Pad Kit
- I just received the Volkswagen brake disc and pad kit that I ordered, and I’ll be doing the replacement by myself for the first time. Is there any good tip I should know before I get this done, like how I can get better access to the brakes and where I should start?
It doesn’t matter which side you take on first, as long as you do it one side at a time. You can get better access to the brakes by turning the steering wheel to get the best angle. When changing brake pads, be sure to use new clips. Also check if the kit comes with some grease. The graphite-based grease should be applied on the clips of the new pads to prevent squeaking. If this is your first time replacing the pad and disc, it would help if you’ll first familiarize yourself with the different brake components so that installation will be more or less straightforward.
- I borrowed my girlfriend’s Volkswagen for the weekend to drive across the state. A few hours into the drive, I heard some noise coming from the brakes. What can I do to fix this?
The noise could be an indication of wear and other brake issues. You may have loose brake parts that need to be adjusted or retightened. If the shims or clips are loose or damaged, these should be replaced right away. If there are no loose parts, consider using a thin layer of dampening paste at the back of the brake pads. Allow it to dry fully before putting back the pads and checking for brake noise when you drive. Brake squeals and other types of noise may also be caused by worn-out brake pads or may be a symptom of a brake rotor or drum that’s already scored or grooved. In this case, the rotors need to be resurfaced or changed completely.
- When I had my brakes inspected and fixed, the mechanic told me about the accumulated brake dust on the wheels. How can I prevent or minimize the brake dust?
To figure out why there’s excessive brake dust, regular inspection would help. This will determine if the accumulation of the dust is due to rough rotors or because of the calipers that have lost their proper alignment, which leads to too much friction. Through periodic maintenance, the issue can be fixed right away. To prevent or minimize brake dust, there are a couple things that you can do. You may install brake dust shields, for instance. It’ll also help if you wash the wheels from time to time and allow the brakes and wheels to cool down first before cleaning.
- I had my brake pads replaced a while ago. I found some rust on the disc/rotor. Does this mean I should replace the rotor/disc as well?
It’s not unusual to spot some rust around the edges and other parts of the rotor/disc. However, if there are grooves or scores on the disc/rotor, that’s when you should consider resurfacing or replacing the disc/rotor so it won’t cause braking inefficiency and lead to the premature wear of brake pads.
- How can I get rid of rust on the rotor—the side that don’t touch the pad?
If you want to remove and prevent rust, it would help if you brake moderately—avoid hard braking. Also use your handbrake as much as possible. The rotor hat may be sanded if the rust really bothers you and you want to get rid of it right away. And for the rust not to go back, you have to paint the bare metal after sanding. Just make sure not to pain the braking surface.
- I just changed my brake pads, and I think they wore down too soon. How can I extend the life of my new brake pads?
Invest in top-quality pads. Make sure that you get the right type and set for your vehicle, your driving style, and the road/driving condition. One good practice is to avoid riding the brakes. Avoid hard braking as much as possible—go easy on the brakes. It will also help if you have the brakes checked and serviced from time to time to fix issues right away.
- What’s the best way to avoid riding the brakes? It’s a bad habit of mine.
Don’t make abrupt stops. Consider the distance and then step on the brakes lightly for a short while, release it, and then reapply the brakes until the vehicle makes a complete stop. Don’t brake on a rush to prevent the brakes from heating up fast.
How to Get Reliable Volkswagen Brake Disc and Pad Kit
What are the signs saying that you already need new Volkswagen brake disc and pad kit? Among which is when your brakes feel hard, the pedal goes too low or travels excessively, and the car pulls to one side. The brakes may also perform erratically, pulsate, grab, or squeal. At times, the brakes simply need adjustment. But if the problems are due to contamination, scoring, warping, or wearing, there is no other choice but to buy replacement. Now, this task requires more than just trading your money for new disc and pad kit. You must be wise in choosing the kit to suit your braking needs.
Achieve fast and strong stopping power
Reliable braking highly depends in using the right combination of disc and pad for the particular braking need:
- OEM replacement: Normal driving does not require special materials in the pads or slots and grooves in the disc as long as they meet the OEM requirements. But to make sure that they can handle beyond-normal braking needs, they are now incorporated with materials such as glass, resin, and rubber. So if you want extra stopping power for emergency situations, OEM replacement brake disc and pad kit could be just what you need. And if you take to heart the obligation of helping protect the environment, these ones are organic.
- Ceramic: It is true that extending the life of your brake disc has a lot to do with your driving habits. But choosing Volkswagen brake disc and pad kit also plays a big role. The ceramic type of pad slows down disc wear because it creates lesser dust. Add to that ceramic pad's outstanding ability to handle different braking temperatures which means longer pad life as well. Not to mention its promise to give smoother and quieter stopping performance. So carefully consider ceramics.
- Extended wear: Another option you got ensuring extended brake disc life is the extended wear type of pad. This is made possible by the even friction given against the disc. It is ideal for fleet service vehicles, but a not-so-wise choice for a high-performing Volkswagen, especially that this type of brake pad offers only moderate stopping power.
- Street performance: If you are into some kind of aggressive driving, wherein braking is expected to generate really high levels of heat, street performance pads can be just what you need. You may want to check if the disc that comes along with the kit is slotted, so that it could work with the pads more efficiently. They also work well with both the standard disc.
- Other types of pads:For those Volkswagens that were already installed with power boosters, the Ferro-carbon type brake pad promises stronger stopping power. Also available are those having Para-aramid composites. This type is excellent in handling heat caused by friction, dust, noise, and even vibration. Because of that, the entire braking system is actually assured of extended service life. And as for another temperature-handling expert, you can have semi-metallic brake pads to match the strength of your vehicle's brake disc.