Question about 2000 Volkswagen Beetle
I jus recently put new brakes n a new caliper in the rear only of my 2000 VW beetle but about a week or two after i did the "check front brakes" light has come on permantly on the dash. do i need to replace them?? i heard there is a special tool need to replace the front brakes. would jus be worth takin in to get fronts done only??
No, the front brake pads do NOT require a special tool. It is only the rear disk brakes that are difficult. The fronts are trivial. Most people just use a large channellock pliers to retract the front pistons.
And the pad sensor is an extra part that is designed to simply break the circuit when they get down to a certain level.
The sensor can be soldered to bridge the cut, or simply replaced, since they are less then $10.
The sensor is just a small plastic part that snaps into a small hole in the pad, and plugs into a wire harness.
So then there is nothing to reset. Once the circuit gap is bridged once again, the light will go out.
Don\'t let the dealer so them.
Not only will they charge $100 for the labor, but the pads should only be $25, and they will charge you more like $75. And they will also try to talk you into machining the rotors, which should almost never be done. You can only machine rotors once, so you want to save that till you really need it, and you only need it if you have let metal to metal contact really rip up the rotor. Rust or circular ridges are not a reason to machine. And never machine a warped rotor. If they already warped once, then after machining they are bound to warp again the first time they get hot. Machining makes them warp much more easily.
Posted on Jul 22, 2010
The front pads have wear sensors built in so you can change the fronts only if you wish(genuine parts only,and you will have to get the system reset after.)
the special tool is required to force the pistons back into the calipers.you could do it yourself but as it requires you to buy the parts,take off the front wheels etc, by the time youve done all that,1 hours labour is all it cost for a dealer to fit them........and you dont get your hands dirty..........
Posted on Jul 21, 2010
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