Last post on Mar 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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Volkswagen Passat, Brakes, Sedan, Wagon
#107 of 116 2000 VW Passat 1.8T
Jul 25, 2012 (4:27 pm)
hello all, having crazy brake light issues. when I have my headlights off, and depress my brakes, the front parking lights come on. When my headlights are on, all three brake lights stay on continuously... I have already replaced my headlight switch (first mechanic suggestion); I also replaced my stoplight switch on pedal (second mechanic suggestion).... AND, I have disconnected my ABS, as it was stopping on me randomly, and the mechanics said i did'nt need it so they disconnected the wiring harness, which stopped the ABS isssue (although my dash message lights still flash "STOP & See Manual", is it possible the ABS issue is also causing the brake light issues.... SO FRUSTRATED! Is there anyone out there that can help me? Anyone have similar problems they have fixed? Desperately need to correct these lighting issues as Tampa, FL police love my car already.... Thanks
#108 of 116 Re: 2000 VW Passat 1.8T [pniko]
Jul 30, 2012 (8:03 pm)
I'd expect you either have a ground issue or maybe harness to the trunk has rubbed and is shorting. Get some emory cloth and sand the inside of all your rear light sockets, then wipe them out with alcohol.
If that doesn't work, I'd move on to inspecting the harness in the rear for wear points.
Aug 01, 2012 (1:39 pm)
When I hit the brakes the dashboard lights always come on. Also, when I have the headlights on the rear brake lights are always on. Did anyone figure out what the problem that is causing this?
#110 of 116 Re: 2000 VW Passat 1.8T [ads2]
Aug 01, 2012 (5:08 pm)
Thank u ads2-im working on all that now. Did find a lot of bare headlight wires. Could that be part of my issues?
#111 of 116 Re: 2000 VW Passat 1.8T [pniko]
Aug 01, 2012 (7:09 pm)
Yes, well, the bare wires sound odd, leads me to believe someone has had this apart or had options installed. Make sure connectors are good, get them taped up.
#112 of 116 Re: 2000 VW Passat 1.8T [pniko]
Aug 11, 2012 (2:49 pm)
I'm having the exact same issue with the lights any fix yet ??
#113 of 116 Re: 2007 Passat wagon brakes [jrb46]
Aug 11, 2012 (10:15 pm)
If you don't want to get charged crazy prices , then learn to do the work yourself. 400 dollars is crazy for brakes. I just installed new brakes on my passat and the pads were only around 50 then found a 20 dollar online coupon and then i found a rebate for $10.00. So I did the same thing on my passat as you and I only spent $20.00 and it was easy. Disc brakes are very easy to install. Even if you have to go buy new tools it's still cheaper then $400. This is why garages charge so much. People are not willing to try to do their own work anymore. Just let someone else get their hands dirty.
#114 of 116 Re: 2000 VW Passat 1.8T [bellew87]
Aug 12, 2012 (7:59 am)
Hi bellew87, no resolve as of yet, have a mechanic friend doing diagnotics and electrical ground tests, but, he is pretty baffled as well.... Will post whatever outcome so the next guy knows where to start.... Not fun...
#115 of 116 VW Passat Rear Brake DIY
Sep 23, 2012 (6:36 am)
Here's a short video on changing rear brakes (rotors/pads) on a 2003 VW Passat. This video applies to the 1998-2005 VW Passat and 1996-2001 Audi A4.
VW Passat Rear Brakes
#116 of 116 Re: 2007 Passat wagon brakes [jrb46]
Mar 23, 2013 (11:28 pm)
No issues with my brakes. That must be the driving style. I have 12mm on my fronts with 130,000 miles on them, still original set.
Rears had to be replaced at 55k miles and cost over 400$ for rotors and pads. These brakes are electric brakes and need to be reset with a proper VAG tool. When descending hills, I shift down instead of riding the brakes as everyone else does.