Inspect Brakes at Every Service as Rear Brakes Wear Out Quickly on Volkswagen Golf TDI

The rear brakes tend to wear out quickly; rotors may need replacement by the first brake job. Our technicians recommend that the brakes be inspected for wear regularly.

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Average mileage: 85,000 (30,000–160,000)
11 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012
14 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
I always check brakes at service intervals and I am glad I did on this one. My 2006 Jetta TDI did wear out the rear brakes prematurely. Fairly cheap repair if done before rotors are involved. Just replaced the pads and did not have to turn the rotors..
My wheel makes a squeaking chirping noise when I drive, one noise per rotation, as when I drive faster it gets faster, too. When I brake, the noise turns to a grinding sound. P.S. the brake pad pin, that holds it in place has fallen out once, i replaced it, it got loose again. So i removed it. My dad, the collision repair who has pals in mechanics at VW who sold him the car (2012 VW Golf TDI, btw) , said it was fine? planning a road trip to cali, not sure if safe, even though I've been told it is.
Thought the problem was front brakes but my mechanic told me the rear brakes were "a mess" at 90,000 km. I see that I'm not the only one. Apparently VW puts on thinner and softer pads on the rear to cut down on the noise. Trying to keep the car quieter I guess.
Same problem here. I change the rear brakes 2 times before the front are due for a change. Usually its the other way around on the other cars.
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