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    Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement - Risk of damage?

    Its come time to change by brake pads and disc rotors on my 4yo VW Golf MK7 Highline.

    The dealer quoted me $900 to change the front rotors and discs. A week later while repairing a puncture at a type and brake workshop, I was quoted $1000 for all four.

    I've read on forums that there are risks with not changing the rear pads correctly due to the electronic brake system i.e. the workshop need to follow a set procedure.

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    Is there a need to have brake pads replaced by a workshop that specialises in euro cars or would most reputable workshops e.g. Tyres & More have the ability to change them without risk of damage to the car?
    Reccomendations for good pads and rotors that reduce the amount of brake dust?

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    Both those quotes seem to me to be a little expensive, I would have said $800. $900 plus would only be if using genuine VW parts which is certainly not necessary. As for damaging the electronic braking I cant see how that would be possible. I changed all 4 myself on my golf "R" MK6. The only problem is you need to buy a 12 point star socket and remove a bolt to remove the rear rotors. The front ones are done in the simple usual way of removing the caliper and sliding the rotor off the hub.
    The only danger with the process is one pad in each group has a wire attached to it. This wire tells the system with the pads are warn out.
    All that happens is the wire wears through at a certain wear point then is open circuit and that tells the system the pads are warn. If you dont mind not knowing electronically when the pads are warn all you do is cut off the old wire from the worn pads and short them together. thus no more warning.
    That allows you to buy a much wider range of pads that dont have the wear wire built in.

    As for low dust pads. In my opinion there is sadly no such thing have been searching for years. some are better than others but they are all shit for Europe built cars.

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny1983 View Post
    Its come time to change by brake pads and disc rotors on my 4yo VW Golf MK7 Highline.

    The dealer quoted me $900 to change the front rotors and discs. A week later while repairing a puncture at a type and brake workshop, I was quoted $1000 for all four.

    I've read on forums that there are risks with not changing the rear pads correctly due to the electronic brake system i.e. the workshop need to follow a set procedure.

    Questions:
    Is there a need to have brake pads replaced by a workshop that specialises in euro cars or would most reputable workshops e.g. Tyres & More have the ability to change them without risk of damage to the car?
    Reccomendations for good pads and rotors that reduce the amount of brake dust?
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    Hi Ozmale, thanks for your advice. Ill shop around based on your point that the quote is a little expensive.

    I suspected the dust problem will be the case for all pads. Good to know

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    Mk 7 have electric handbrake which causes need for care on the back and the set procedure. That said, most repair shops ought to be able to deal with electric handbrakes by now as they are pretty commonplace.

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    narh........... do it yourself - even with electric parking brake, it isn't rocket science!

    here's the general video for the process - the mk7 golf has UDS modules, so look at the later part of the video


    And here's the link to the specific instructions for the mk7 Golf:

    http://wiki.ross-tech.com/wiki/index...AU)_ABS_Brakes

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    Get some DBA 3000 rotors and talk to brakes direct about pads. They will freight you new gear cheaper than you can buy it elsewhere. Then you just need to fit or organise fitting.
    https://www.brakesdirect.com.au/

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    for pads, check out ATE Ceramics

    for rotors, any plain-faced ones will do (no slots or holes for minimum noise and wear)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoppleR View Post
    Get some DBA 3000 rotors and talk to brakes direct about pads. They will freight you new gear cheaper than you can buy it elsewhere. Then you just need to fit or organise fitting.
    https://www.brakesdirect.com.au/
    Plus 1 for Brakes Direct, Greg and the team are extremely helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoppleR View Post
    Get some DBA 3000 rotors and talk to brakes direct about pads. They will freight you new gear cheaper than you can buy it elsewhere. Then you just need to fit or organise fitting.
    https://www.brakesdirect.com.au/
    Plus 1 for Brakes Direct, Greg and the team are extremely helpful!

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