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  • 08jetta
    08jetta - 2008 Volkswagen Jetta - Brakes - 4/30/2015
    What could cause the center of one rim to get hot?
    I replaced my rear rotors and pads this week and now after driving The passenger side back rim in the center is to hot to touch could it be the caliper be the cause?
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  • 08jetta
    08jetta - 2008 Volkswagen Jetta - Brakes - 4/30/2015
    What could cause the center of the rim to be to hot to touch?
    I replaced the rear rotors and pads this week and I noticed a smell once a got to work went to feel the rims the driver side a little warm but the passenger was very hot what could cause this?
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  • Ladylandlord
    Ladylandlord - 1999 Volkswagen Passat - Brakes - 4/29/2015
    Need front brake and rotors
    How much will this cost to have done-,
    • Teddy B
      4/29/2015 Teddy B
      Depends on what needs to be done

      Have to get the vehicle on a lift & inspect the braking system

      You want to be there & go into the service bay to see what is required
      before you authorize any work,then you can get a ride home & pick
      it up the next day

      If your going to a highway chain store & waiting your not getting proper
      brake service

      Proper brake service is not cheap service

      I would assume this is not your first brake service
      on any vehicle & you know what you've paid many times before

      Hopefully you have used the same shop for many years
  • Kped
    Kped - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Brakes - 3/17/2015
    Best brand for rear brakes and rotors?
    I'm needing to replace my rear brakes and rotors on my 01 Jetta VR6, I don't want to break the bank but definitely want the most bang for my buck as I'm averaging 15,000-20,000 miles/year...
    • Jimm
      3/17/2015 Jimm
      No one best brand - which ever brand you purchase, just be sure the parts are OEM (original equipment) grade or better. Do not cut corners on brake parts - for safety sake, purchase the best you can for your money.

      Some reputable brake pad and rotor brand names (suppliers to VW) are; ATE, Beck-Arnley, Bendix, Bosch, Brembo, Ferodo, Monroe, Raybestos, Valeo, Wagner - to list only a few.

      Check these various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few. They (RockAuto) list the rear disc brake pads (axle set) from around $13.00 per set, and the rear brake rotors from around $9.80 each for your vehicle.
  • IUhoopsfan
    IUhoopsfan - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Brakes - 3/15/2015
    Have a noise in drivers side front wheel? sounds like a rattling, just had tire changed ,recently bought so know little.
    You can hear noise up to about 40 mph, after that road noise takes over. Seems to disapate as you brake. Just put new tire on drivers side front as went flat last week. Just bought car so I know little about it. Nothing hanging or loose????
    • Jimm
      3/15/2015 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn front hub bearing, worn front suspension bushing, loose brake caliper, loose front disc brake pads within the caliper.
      Best to diagnose / inspect with the front wheel raised and supported, remove the front wheel to perform a thorough inspection.

      Reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website.
  • Erik
    Erik - 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio - Brakes - 10/21/2014
    Is there a special trick to removing the rear rotors on the 2001 vw cabrio?
    My rotors are spinning freely and there is no screw holding it on to housing. Even with the caliper removed, I cannot get the rotor off. Does the emergency brake have anything to do with this?
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  • Erik
    Erik - 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio - Brakes - 10/21/2014
    I was wondering if there is a special trick to getting the rear rotors off of the cabrio after removing the caliper?
    My rotor is spinning freely but I can not get it removed. It does not have a screw securing it either that requires a impact driver. Does the emergency brake have anything to do with this?
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  • meganelizabethford85
    meganelizabethford85 - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Brakes - 9/21/2014
    I can hear the rotation of my tires and I hear a creaking noise when turning left and vibration when breaking.
    I've noticed that when I drive u can hear the rotation of my tires. When I first start driving its a thumping sound which could be cause by a price of plastic from my bumper but when I get to 30 it's just the rotation sound. I've also noticed that my car makes a ...
    • RJS3679
      9/21/2014 RJS3679
      As far as the tire noise, that is likely just chopped tires. As long as the tire tread is still good, there is no need to replace them. Some tires are more prone to chopping than others. Hearing a clunk when turning left is likely a suspension problem. I would start by checking your springs and tie rod ends. Tie rod ends should be replaced if the joints inside the rubber boots are moving very freely. Springs should be replaced if broken. A vibration when braking could be due to warped rotors. If you only replaced your brake pads and not your rotors when you had your brakes done, this would make that vibration more prominent as the brake pads have not worn to match the shape of the warped rotors as the old pads would have. Just because rotors look fine doesn't necessarily mean they are, it is important to take proper rotor run out measurements to check for variation in thickness across the braking surface. Also note if there are rust rings around the outside of the rotors and be sure not to overlook the inside of the rotor. Many people look at the outside of the rotor and say everything is fine, but the pads contact the rotors on the inside and the outside of the rotors so be sure to inspect both sides.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Brakes - 9/21/2014
    Back right tire (including rim) is too hot to touch after only driving ~ 20 miles and there is a burning smell -
    165K miles; only started today and maybe last time i drove it; the burning smell is a rubber/oil type smell; no smoke or other visible burning; only the back right tire; no warning lights; emergency brake was off
    • RJS3679
      9/21/2014 RJS3679
      Right rear brake caliper is most likely seized onto the rotor. Check your brakes and see if the brake pads are worn more on that wheel than the others, if so, you will likely want to replace the brake caliper, carrier, and slide pins.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Volkswagen Golf - Brakes - 5/8/2014
    Lug bolts over torqued
    My 2010 VW Golf had 4 wheel's lug bolts torqued to over 200 ft lb when they should be 88 ft lb. I drove 5 miles with them that tight. Will I have future problems with the wheels or brakes?
    • GT500Knights
      5/8/2014 GT500Knights
      Try to avoid repair shops that use impact guns to tighten lug nuts. Yes it's faster but it just isn't right.

      To answer your question, no you should not have any issues. Just make sure the threads are in good condition to prevent any fasteners from falling off in the future. It's a good thing you only drove a short distance like that. Extensive driving with the fasteners that tight could have resulted in them eventually breaking....then you lose a wheel.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Volkswagen Jetta - Brakes - 2/3/2014
    Sticking rear brake cables
    Will this damage rear calipers when Emergency brake engaged
    • Jimm
      2/3/2014 Jimm
      If the rear emergency brake is not fully releasing due to a sticking / corroded cable, then it is possible for the brake to drag causing premature wear - to the rear brake and rear rotor or brake drum.

      Not likely to affect the brake caliper - however if the brake wear is severe enough to have metal-to-metal contact (no friction material left) - then the heat transfer due to excess friction may damage the brake caliper.
  • Adrian
    Adrian - 2003 Volkswagen Golf - Brakes - 11/7/2013
    I have a front brake disc or rotor run out. What is the bad part?
    Hi, I don't know if I'am allowed to post youtube links, but I have a problem with the right front wheel of my 2003 Golf MK IV, as you can see in the video: Between 1st & 4 rd gear (when it gets to about 30-50km/h) the ...
    • John's Auto Repair
      11/7/2013 John's Auto Repair
      OK, your question is a little confusing but I'll give it a shot. First the vibration when braking is
      generally caused by one or both rotors having too much runout ( braking surface of rotor is
      inconsistent) replace or re-surface rotors. Second, the wobble when accelerating can be
      caused by the motor shifting during acceleration. This is caused by one or more deffective
      motor mounts. Did you try rotating the tires, front to back?
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace both front drive axles. Great video, but I am not reacting to the runout readings on your gauge. the only place that would matter for checking runout is for the gauge to be placed 90 degrees to the flat rotor spinning surface, not at the edge or the flange because those areas are not machined to show no runout, only the rotor surface plane. I am reacting to your description of what is happening. I have dealt with this complaint several times over my 37 years. One axle is binding at the inner tripode because of internal wear but if you had a bad enough engine mount and the engine is lifting / shifting too much you can get the same thing. Bottom line, power brake the engine and see how much lift there is and if it looks like it is within normal limits replace the axles. Do both even though its likely just one as a cause.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle - Brakes - 10/29/2013
    Cost for front brakes replacement; cost for rear brakes replacement.
    needs both front and rear brakes replaced. Which is more important to do first?
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The cost will vary wildly depending on many factors. With or without replacing the rotors is the biggest factor. The other is what brand brake pad. The cost for either front or back is about the same. They should be done together or separate if just fronts are needed and backs are still not worn down enough. Lets assume front brake pads and rotors which is likely one of the most common everyday jobs done everyday by every repair shop everywhere. In a shop - with parts and labor figure about $250 to $350 (per axle) depending on brand of parts. Without new rotors figure $100 to $175 (per axle)
  • frankeymeals
    frankeymeals - 2002 Volkswagen Passat - Brakes - 10/5/2013
    Why is my ABS light on and brake light blinking
    When I start my Passat the ABS light stays on and when I drive off the brake light comes on and blinks and beeps three times then stops beeping and the light continues to blink. I ran my ODBII on it and nothing came up please help I'm lost.
    • frankiedonnn
      10/5/2013 frankiedonnn
      Hi franke. Check the brake master cyl. fluid level.If there is a sensor on the master cylinder it could indicating that the fluid is low before it starts to get air in the system. If you refill it and the level goes down again after pressing the brake ,then there is a leak somewhere.Look at the inside of the wheels to see if fluid is steaming down the wheels.It could also be leaking inside the brake-booster if the master bolted directly to the booster.
  • meganelizabethford85
    meganelizabethford85 - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Brakes - 9/16/2013
    I can hear the rotation of my tires and I hear a creaking noise when turning left and vibration when breaking.
    I've noticed that when I drive u can hear the rotation of my tires. When I first start driving its a thumping sound which could be cause by a price of plastic from my bumper but when I get to 30 it's just the rotation sound. I've also noticed that my car makes a ...
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