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Volkswagen Jetta, Brakes, Sedan
#253 of 272 Re: I dont understand what is going in with the brakes?!? [shrifty]
Dec 03, 2010 (1:26 pm)
I'm going to have my check out tonight. The front shrieks when I hold the brake coming to a stop. I live in the Twin Cites and I'm driving constantly in stop and go traffic so pads needing to be replaced at 20k miles might be possible. I have a ton of speed bumps at my townhouse area and work. I'm just kinda shocked that they might need replacing already....
#254 of 272 Re: I dont understand what is going in with the brakes?!? [nate41]
Dec 04, 2010 (9:15 am)
20K seems to be quick. Are they the original pads on your car?
#255 of 272 modify driving habits to conserve brakes
Dec 05, 2010 (7:13 pm)
There is no need to call people names. I was only suggesting that one should look at their own driving habits. You seem very quick to blame someone else (VW in this case) but do not appear to be willing to consider other alternatives.
Even in so-called "stop-n- go" traffic, I have been able to concisely change my habits so I do NOT need to use the brakes very often. Simply go a tad slower and leave more space in front of me. I Let the space in front of me be a 'sponge' which gets bigger -n- smaller as the driver in front of me constantly uses their brakes and accelates.... whilst my roadspeed is nearly constant with no brakes.
The above driving-habit can be learned by anyone who is willing to try. Not only does it conserve brakepads... you fuel-consumption will improve too. (because the constant speed means you no longer need to keep accelerating after using the brakes)
There have been extensive studies regarding traffic-jams and it was determined if everyone followed the above driving-habit... many traffic-jams would be avoided altogether. Everyonve accellerating and stopping forces all cars behind to do the same thing. (Or at least those drivers THINK they need to keep their bumper glued to the car in front of them) If everyone simply went 1MPH slower, (average speed) the traffic-pattern would change to a constantly-flowing mass of vechicles. (Which could then speed-up to the speed-limit smoothly)
Dont take my word for it, the aformentiond traffic-pattern research is available online in extensive detail.
I must be doing something right. My 50.0 MPG average speaks for itself. I have a spreadsheet of over 120,000 miles of fillups to back-up my numbers.
#256 of 272 2008 jetta brake issue
Dec 28, 2010 (8:09 pm)
I took my 2008 Jetta in for it's 20,000 mile servicing today. I got it back, and didn't read over the paperwork until I got home. They left a check list in my car for me. Everything checked out ok except my rear brakes. They said my front brakes are at 11cm and my rear brakes are at 6 cm. I don't quite have 20,000 miles on it yet. From what I have read so far this seems to be a common problem. I am NOT a mechanic in any way and need some advice on what I should do.
#257 of 272 Brakes and rotors
Dec 29, 2010 (5:52 am)
If your rear brakes are wearing faster, have the parking brake lever, which is located between the front seats, checked for slack. If you pull up on the lever and it does not move very far, chances are it is adjusted too tight. As you apply the brakes in normal driving, the automatic adjuster keeps adjusting the rear brakes too tight.
#258 of 272 Re: Rear brake wear on '06 Jetta [jeffyscott]
Mar 03, 2011 (11:29 am)
Rear brakes do wear first on all VW models except Touaregs. If you've ever had to make an emergency stop the nose of the car does not dive to the ground. Rear brake calipers compress first and with greater force to prevent nose dive braking.
53K for rears is amazing! I've seen as low as 15K and as high as 85K for the first set of rears on a Jetta. Almost all brake jobs on German cars require pads and rotors at the same time -- German car makers trade longevity for stopping power.
Slam on the brakes on a VW and you stop -- quickly. Some squeal or grind on cold or damp days is unfortunately a by product of brake dust and binding to rotors ....... some of my customers get pissed at that answer but ...... like I said -- unfortunately .....
#259 of 272 Re: Rear brake wear on '06 Jetta [iamglenn]
Mar 04, 2011 (1:12 pm)
I "2nd" the above append! This may be the #1 'complaint' I see here on the Edmunds forums regarding VWs. I wish people would just use "search" before asking this same question over and over.
The rear brakes on most VW models wear faster than the fronts. VW *purposfully* uses softer pads in the rear to get a better bite into the rotors.
You may chose to install NON OEM pads (ATE, Akebono, Mintex... etc) and the faster wearing will NOT happen. (but your car will not stop the same either)
#260 of 272 Re: Rear brake wear on '06 Jetta [iamglenn]
Mar 09, 2011 (8:26 pm)
Based on what you've seen with the lifespan of brakepads, I'm probably nearing the end. I currently have about 75K on my original pads on all 4 corners, but they still seem to be about the same as when I bought the car.
I believe the 09 has brake pad sensors, but I'm curious how this works? I'm guessing once the pads reach a certain thickness (or lack of) you will see some type of indication on the dash? If this happens, about how much life is left in them? I don't want to push it to the max, but at the same time I don't want to panic and call for a tow out in the middle of nowhere when I can safely and easily drive back home and get it done the next day.
#261 of 272 2011 Sportwagen SE
Mar 28, 2011 (2:33 pm)
Hi to all,
Took delivery 5 days ago. Has barely 100 miles on it. What bothers most is appearance of rotors. They all look rough and a little rusty. Feel somewhat rough too. Compared to wife's new car(Honda cr-v) not near the same. Her car delivered Saturday past has perfectly smooth rotors and more miles. Does this justify a service call to dealership?
#262 of 272 Re: 2011 Sportwagen SE [nflroyalty]
Mar 28, 2011 (6:04 pm)
I think mine have looked rusty since I bought the car, and have almost 77K on them now. So far no issues with them.