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Brake Pad Replacement

Volkswagen Rabbit Brake Pad Replacement Cost

The average cost for a Volkswagen Rabbit Brake Pad Replacement is between $161 and $219. Labor costs are estimated between $105 and $134 while parts are priced between $56 and $85. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.

How Much Does a Brake Pad Replacement Cost?

Brake Pad Replacement Service and Cost

Brake Pad Replacement
What is a brake pad?

Most modern passenger vehicle's use disc brake systems on all four wheels. This system uses brake pads to squeeze the brake rotor to create friction, and stopping power.

How does the brake pad work?

As the term “disc brake” implies, the brake rotor is shaped like a disc. This disc rotates with the vehicle's wheel until the brake caliper squeezes the brake pads onto both sides of the brake rotor to create braking force. The brake rotor transmits this braking force directly to the wheels, and causes the vehicle to slow down.

When to replace brake pads

Here are a few common symptoms of worn out brake pads:

  1. Low brake pad warning light is on - Not all vehicles are equipped with this system, but if yours is, this dashboard indicator light will likely be the first signal it’s time to replace your brake pads. Note: In these cases you will also need to replace the brake sensors as a service.
  2. Brakes start to squeal regularly - This is often one of the first signs of worn brake pads and is caused by a metallic piece built into brake pads for this exact purpose. This part contacts the brake rotor directly to make a squealing or whining noise when the pads are low. Note: After rain or damp weather, your brakes may make a similar sound, but unless the brakes pads are truly worn out, the sound should go away after a short time driving.
  3. Brakes make loud grinding noise - If not addressed early enough, your brake pads may get so worn down that the metal backing plate of the pad grinds against the metal rotor. This grinding can cause extra damage to your brake system, so it should be repaired as soon as possible.
  4. Brake pads look thin - You may be able to visually check your brake pad thickness to help determine if they need replacement. If they’re 3mm thick or less, it’s time to consider changing them out for new ones.
Can I drive with a brake pad problem?

It is not safe to operate any vehicle with any braking problem. If there is any sign that the brakes are not performing as originally intended, the vehicle should immediately be placed out of service, and repaired. If the brake pads are being replaced as part of routine maintenance, with no symptoms noticed, the vehicle can safely be driven to a repair shop. Also, if the brake wear indicator has begun making noise, the vehicle can be driven to a repair facility, but postponing will result in unsafe driving conditions.

How long do brake pads last?

How long your brake pads last depends on a number of factors including where and how you drive, the type of vehicle, and the materials of the brakes themselves. Habits like frequent city driving, driving through mountainous areas, or just braking abruptly more often than necessary will all decrease the lifespan of your brake pads. Check your owner's manual for more information.

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Brake Pad Replacement Repair Information

How are brake pad issues diagnosed?

Trained technicians have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of brake pads through their careers and training. If the brake pad is below allowable thickness, broken, cracked, missing, or oil soaked, replacement will be recommended. If any of these conditions are present, the vehicle will not be considered safe until repaired.

How a mechanic changes brake pads

Here is an overview of the steps:

  1. Jack up car and support with jack stands for safety.
  2. Remove the wheels.
  3. Remove the brake calipers. Brake pad replacement is done in pairs - both front wheels. or both rear wheels at the same time.
  4. Remove and check rotors. Resurface or replace as necessary.
  5. Replace worn brake pads with a new set.
  6. Replace rotors and calipers.
  7. Replace wheels and torque bolts to specifications

Replacing brake pads on your vehicle is a fairly straightforward procedure, and can be done at home. However, because brakes are essential to your car’s function and ultimately your safety, RepairPal strongly recommends having a certified repair shop perform this service.

RepairPal Recommendations for brake pad issues

When replacing brake pads, it is important to replace the corresponding pads on the other side of the vehicle. This will ensure the braking power is even and predictable. Brake rotors show wear patterns after many times of grinding into the old brake pads, and must be replaced to avoid brake noise, uneven braking pressure, and unpredictable braking performance.

What to look out for when dealing with brake pad issues

Some brake rotors are mounted onto the wheel bearings, and those bearings should be repacked with grease or replaced when the rotor is removed. Any grease or automotive fluid, besides water, on the brake rotor will instantly contaminate the brake pad, necessitating replacement of the pads. Technicians understand that anti-lock braking systems can be damaged by pressing the brake fluid back into the master cylinder, and will drain fluid from the caliper to avoid this.

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