Installing brake pads on your VW Golf will save you money and will give you the satisfaction of personally repairing your vehicle. Brake pads wear over time from continual use of the brakes and also cause the rotors to wear from the friction placed against them. To properly replace the brake pads, you should replace the rotors as well to ensure that the pads and rotors last as long as possible.
Raise the VW Golf with a jack and place it on jack stands.
Remove the wheel with a lug nut wrench.
Remove the caliper with a ratchet and set it aside without letting it hang from the brake hose.
Remove the caliper bracket from the steering knuckle with a ratchet and remove the brake pads from it.
Pull the rotor off of the hub. Sometimes you will encounter a rotor that is seized to the hub because of corrosion. To resolve this issue, hammer the centre of the rotor repeatedly until the rotor breaks loose.
Install the new rotor onto the hub.
Install the brake caliper bracket onto the steering knuckle.
Place the brake pads into the brake caliper bracket.
Compress the caliper with a C-clamp so that you can fit it over the brake pads.
Place the caliper over the pads and tighten the caliper to the bracket with a ratchet.
Tighten the wheel back onto the hub, jack the car high enough to remove the jack stands then lower the car.
You may find it easier to use a brake caliper compressor instead of a C-clamp. Check the resources section below for more information on where to find it.
Wear safety glasses when working on your brakes.