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Front brake replacement on 96 jetta

I noticed a small groove on my left rotor. i want to change them myself. looking for helpful advice.

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Changing brakes and rotors on the front are pretty simple this is what you do remove the tire unbolt the brake calapor remove brakes from calapor recomress calapor with comressor kit or c clamp then unbolt the center bolt on the rotor by removing the pin then take bolt off and remove roter when replacing with new i recomend you replace font and real barrings and seals then reverse directions and don't for get to bleed your breaks after your doon

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