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Brakes for 2006 Passat

I'm a technician and want to change the brake pads on my 2006 passat, the dealership is telling me that they must complete the work with a computer otherwise the brakes would lock up. Is that correct? Or is it safe to complete the work with manual tools?

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I personally think that is BS, I can't imagine why they would tell you that. If you know how to change brakes correctly, I'd go for it.

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No sorry it is not BS. I own a small garage and wanted to do the rear for him. I know 100 percent that it needs to be hooked to a computer to do the rear. This is because it has an electric emergency brake. I tried to do it till I got to that point and found out that you will really screw up the ebrake and the cost is out the behind. Front I,m looking into now he needs that done.He ended up paying over $300.00 at the VW garage for the rear.

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The reason why the rear breaks and i would assume the front too, need to be hooked up to a comp. is because everytime the car is started it goes through a system check, and checks the percent or life left of the breaks amoung other things on the vehicle. apparently when you put new pads on the car it compairs the old percent to the new percent and senses a problem. which will turn on the faulty break light on the dash.

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