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#47 of 116 2004 VW Passat Brake Vibration
Jun 07, 2008 (1:57 pm)
I have a 2004 wagon with an automatic transmission and 1.8 engine. There are 35,000 miles on the car. I have a weird vibration and resistance in the brake pedal when slowing down to a stop. It is intermittent and when the service director of the dealership test drove my car it didn't happen and he didn't have a clue. For me, which is often at least once a day, there is a whining sound and then the brake seems to resist my foot pressure but will always stop. There is no brake failure only a sound and a resistance or vibration. Anybody have something like this?
#48 of 116 Re: 2004 VW Passat Brake Vibration [quprof]
Jun 08, 2008 (5:08 am)
Anytime I hear weird vibration I think warped rotor. That might give you a lead on the problem.
#49 of 116 Re: 2004 VW Passat Brake Vibration [altair4]
Jun 10, 2008 (9:53 am)
I asked my service guy about that and he said if it were a warped rotor it would happen all the time and not intermittently. I am going to have them check the ABS though it is not exactly the same kind of feeling on the pedal as when the ABS kicks in and the light does not go on. I also read somewhere online about a coating problem on the brakes of this year's model.
#50 of 116 Re: 2004 VW Passat Brake Vibration [quprof]
Jun 13, 2008 (3:15 pm)
I have a 06 passat 2.0T and I need to change my rear brakes and rotors, does any one know if I need any special tools besides the caliper tool?
I read somewhere that I need some kind of a sensor that I enter in the brake pad thickness which is suppose to reset a brake indicator, is this true and if so does any one know what its called and or where I could get one?
#51 of 116 Re: 2004 VW Passat Brake Vibration [quprof]
Jun 14, 2008 (6:07 pm)
I am having similar problem that happened today. It seems to be intermittent and comes off and on...when it turns off, my traction control light turns on and does not let off.
Would love to hear peoples findings and suggestions!
#52 of 116 Re: ABS control module VW Passat [adrian537]
Oct 16, 2008 (5:14 pm)
I will greatly appreciate if you can give me the name and address of the company who fixed your ABS module.
#53 of 116 abs pump
Oct 29, 2008 (2:15 pm)
i have a 2000 passat wagon. the abs control module went out. i found a complete abs unit. but after reading up on it everything sais not to let air get in the unit. whats the best way to do this?
#54 of 116 Re: 2004 VW Passat Brake Vibration [quprof]
Dec 01, 2008 (6:44 pm)
I have the same vibration problem with my 2000 Passat. I don't have any ABS or worn brake pad warning lights, but right before a stop even on dry pavement the ABS kicks on hard. Sometimes it has prevented me from stopping and I nearly rear ended the car in front of me; I had to pump the brakes to get the ABS to stop so I could stop the car.
Anyone know what is causing this? The manual says that at 4mph the ABS system kicks in as a system check, but I can't imagine this is what is going on.
#55 of 116 Re: ABS and Brake Lights [rjayt]
Mar 18, 2009 (6:35 am)
Had the same problem with my 2000 Passat. The only way to fix this is to repair/replace your ABS module. I brought my Passat into the dealer and was told I needed a new ABS module. Cost: $890. I found a company not far from me that that will rebuild your ABS module for $139 and guarantee it for as long as you own the car: BAA Reman, Taunton MA http://www.bba-reman.com/us/index.aspx. They also will sell you a rebuilt module for $199, but you must have the module re-coded, and my local dealer would not do that for me (nice guys, huh?). And you must send them your original module. If you have your own rebuilt and re-installed, no re-coding is necessary. So I had my local mechanic remove the module (you can still drive the car), and drove down to Taunton, MA where they are located. They were kind enough to do the rebuild on the spot (only takes about 45 mins.). Had lunch nearby and came back in 45 mins and took it home with me, had it re-installed by my local mechanic and problem solved! No more beeping, no more flashing lights. Total cost to me: $214 ($139 + $75 to remove and re-install). Highly recommend BAA Man. They couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. Even have removal instructions on their website.
#56 of 116 '07 2.0T Rear Brakes - Help!
Aug 15, 2009 (6:48 am)
I just went for an oil change and the dealer told me my rear brakes (both pads and rotors!!) need to be changed. I found this very unusual given that the car has only 29,000 miles. The dealer was like rear brakes tend to wear out much faster than front brakes on VWs. The dealer quoted a price of $415 Couple questions -
1. Do rear brakes really wear out at 29,000 miles?
2. Do I really need to change both pads and rotors? I would think that changing pads only would be fine.
3. Isn't $415 a lot? Does this sound right?
4. Is it usual for rear brakes to wear out before front brakes? I always thought front brakes tend to bear most of the braking load and would thus wear out much faster.
I am hoping someone can help me with my questions.
Thanks a lot and any insights are much appreciated!