How To Replace Rear Brake Pads and Rotors – Volkswagen MK6 Golf GTI (EOS, Jetta, Beetle, A3, S3)


everyone Mike Rivera here with FCP euro
today we’re back in the shop with our project MK 6 GTI we already tackled the
front brake so we’re gonna go ahead and work on the rear remember we’re going to
be using a set of Zimmermann OM rotors along with Olli tech start pads
let’s get started alright we’re gonna go ahead and start with removing the
caliper from the caliper bracket bolt phagon tends to use very shallow 13
millimeter bolts holding the guide pins onto the bracket you’re gonna want to
use a 13 millimeter wrench to break those free also you’re gonna want to
hold this locking block at the back of the guide pin so you’re not spinning
both at the exact same time again be very careful because those bolts are
very shallow and sometimes they do tend to make the wrench slip so I’m gonna
start with breaking them free as you can see I’m starting to spin that block so
I’m gonna come in with a needle nose just to grab it in place hold it well I
can get my 13 back on there and see the head of that bolt is very very shallow
again you gotta do the exact same thing on the bottom bolt break it free hold that Square in place with some
needle nose then you can move the shallow bowl from there you should be
able to move the caliper out of position you don’t have to worry about hanging
this in any particular way because the brake
emergency brake cable attaches to the rear using a bracket as those the brake
line so you don’t have to worry about putting any stress on the brake hose
with the bracket exposed in the caliper out of the way you can go ahead and
remove your brake pads and these guide clips as we’re going to be replacing
them with new units from textile sometimes they get pretty caked on so
you might need some help removing the rear and again same set of clip all right before we can begin removing
the brake caliper bracket the disk and start replacing it with new components
and while we’re still up front I want to take this opportunity to go ahead and
retract the piston that’s inside this caliper and what you’re going to need to
do that is a retractor tool I have this option available from CTA manufacturing
part number fourteen 62 and what it does is that it has a bunch of disks that
come along with it that corresponds to notches inside the caliper piston sort
of work on various different applications what you do is bring it
into position support it with the bracket that comes with it and begin
threading it until it makes contact with the corresponding notches on the caliper
because you want to do two things one you want to spin the piston to retract
it and you also want to push the piston in to help it go home it takes some resetting as you’re moving
away from the piston face so sometimes you will need to tweak it and get it
back into position and line up your notches it brings the piston back to
where you need to be from there you can see how it brought or
retracted the cap the caliper piston all the way back in and I was grabbing on
those two years those two little notches using the tool now we can begin to work
on removing the caliper bracket that’s done in the back okay at the rear of the
spindle there are two caliper bolts that are very very long threaded bolts that’s
read through the spindle and through the caliper bracket these require a size
fourteen triple square socket to remove and quite a bit of elbow grease what I
do recommend is that you insert the socket as deep into the stutters can be
just to make sure you have good positive engagement and then start working it out
these are super tight typically just because I thought for mention they are
threaded through the spindle and through the caliper bracket you don’t have to
take them all the way out just so that you can release the caliper bracket is
all you need to do and again it is a very very long bolt just take your time I’m gonna go ahead and work on the
bottom one same thing making sure that I get very good positive engagement so my
socket is as far in as can be so I got treated the top one got a little more
work to do on the bottom one bottom ones out with the brake caliper bracket free
the brake caliper out of place now we can start removing the rotor you’re
gonna need a t30 Torx bit to remove the brake rotor set screw these should not
be too tight as they just hold the rotor surface onto the hub from here you’re
gonna want to free the brake rotor from the hub as you can see our brake rotor
definitely needed to be replaced it’s in terrible shape see some rusting along
the edges running rust along the hub a hat and typically that Russell build-up
along the surface of the hub and kind of make it stick so we’re gonna use a
hammer and persuade it off you don’t want to go too crazy with how hard you
hit it because you do not want to damage the hub but this one may need a little
bit of some love to get it off so you can see all that corrosion is coming off
freeze it off remove it now we can come in with our new replacement rotor from
Zimmermann lining up the brake rotor set school location bring it home from here
we have to go back and set the brake caliper bracket mounting bolts into
position and the brake caliper bracket so that we can catch onto the threads
and make sure it’s lined up properly I’m just gonna make sure that my calipers
out of the way will lift the car up and we can get started on that all right at
the rear of the spindle I’m gonna go ahead and hold my caliper bracket into
position I’m going to line up the bolts and begin threading I start with the top
because it’s the one that’s probably the most visible and I just want to make
sure that as I’m threading into the spindle I’m also threading into the
caliper bracket all right looks like I caught the top one bottom one is harder
to see looks like I caught the bottom one as well now these bolts are very
long so it will take you some time to bring them home but just be patient
because you do not want to cross thread them okay from here we can now set in
our new retaining clips that come in the kit from tech start make sure that we
orientate them correctly on the little ears
he should also snap into place like so and what these do is they just help
orientate the pad as it goes freely along the bracket there’s two more on
the back same procedure there okay once those are properly seated you can
prepare to insert your pads the tech start kit will come with its own
lubricant and as I mentioned while doing the front I do recommend that you put a
good portion on the rear of the pad and work it on to the small ears that slide
on those clips that we just previously installed because that’s where a lot of
the movement in the pads is gonna happen and you want to make sure that you avoid
any vibration or any kind of noise press it down firmly just to make sure that
you have a good contact and it’s in the right appropriate spot doing the exact
same process on the rears pad it’s that installed you can swing your caliper
bracket into position lining up the notches where it would sit
on the guides the OE pads from Tech’s are will also come with replacement 13
millimeter screws each of these screws will have blue loctite
on them so it’s important that that stays on when you go to install because
you definitely want to make sure that those bolts safe acidly just starting them by hand
come back with my needlenose vice grips to grab that block can begin tight we’re time waiting at the bottom all we have to do is repeat the process
on the opposite side take the car out and make sure I do a thorough betting
process just to seat the pads onto the OE Zimmermann disc and we should be good
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10 thoughts on “How To Replace Rear Brake Pads and Rotors – Volkswagen MK6 Golf GTI (EOS, Jetta, Beetle, A3, S3)

  1. That's not going to work if the car has a push button parking brake. Do a video pushing the piston back with the push button parking brake with out the use of VAG COM

  2. Thanks for this video. I'm doing this in next few days on my GLI with Zimmerman rotors and Akebono Euro ceramic pads.

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