How to Replace Front Disc Brakes in a VW Passat

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If your brake light stays on for your entire drive or if your VW Passat pulls to one side when you apply the brake then more than likely your brakes need to be replaced. This can be costly and possibly fatal if not addressed in a timely manner. To resolve this, replace the front disc brakes in your VW Passat.

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Things you need

  • Brake pads
  • Brake fluid
  • Open-ended wrench
  • Torque wrench

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Instructions

    Caliper With Guide Pins

  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Remove the wheel. Using an open wrench hold the lower guide pin. Remove the bolt that secures the caliper.

  2. 2

    Pivot the caliper up and then suspend it from the frame using mechanic's wire. To remove the pads, slide the pads straight out.

  3. 3

    Pivot the caliper up and then suspend it from the frame using mechanic's wire. To remove the pads, slide the pads straight out.

  4. 4

    Clean the old bolt and apply thread locking compound. If the old bolt can not be used install a new bolt. Hold the guide pin using a back-up wrench when tightening the bolt. Using a torque wrench, torque the bolt to 26-ft. lbs. Install the wheels. Add oil to the master cylinder reservoir. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery.

    Caliper With Sleeves and Bushings

  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Remove the wheel. Remove the bolt that secures the caliper to the carrier.

  2. 2

    Push the caliper up and pivot the caliper bottom out of the carrier. Remove the pads and the anti-rattle springs.

  3. 3

    Install the new pads by putting the anti-squeal pads onto the caliper and then sliding the new pads onto the carrier. Put the caliper top back into place. Remove the mechanics wire and push the caliper up so that it pivots back into place and the bottom.

  4. 4

    Clean the caliper mounting bolts. Install the caliper mounting bolts and using a torque wrench, torque the bolts to 18 foot/pounds. Install the wheel. Add oil to the master cylinder reservoir. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery.

Tips and warnings

  • The parts that are needed to perform this maintenance can be purchased at your local auto parts supply store. You may need to provide the make, model and year of your vehicle, as the store employee may need this information to provide you with the correct supplies.
  • Drive the vehicle at slow to moderate speeds at first to ensure that the maintenance was performed correctly.

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