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Just wondering if anyone has done their own brake job on the R themselves and have not taken it to the dealer. I am just wondering how hard it is. I am assuming it would be like any other brake job that I have done in the past. I would think the only difference is, the size of the calipers and rotors. Typical ABS system. Anyway, yours thoughts would be helpful. Thanks. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Has Anyone Here Actually Did Their Own Brake Service At Home??? (bouncer)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bouncer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Just wondering if anyone has done their own brake job on the R themselves and have not taken it to the dealer. I am just wondering how hard it is. I am assuming it would be like any other brake job that I have done in the past. I would think the only difference is, the size of the calipers and rotors. Typical ABS system. Anyway, yours thoughts would be helpful. Thanks. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>it is no more difficult that any other car out there. If you have done this before then you can do it on an R.
 

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Re: Has Anyone Here Actually Did Their Own Brake Service At Home??? (R_Rated)

It is easier than other cars I have done before, honestly. Getting to a point where you can get the pads out is a total snap. <p>I have only done the pads, not the rotors, so I cannot speak for removing the caliper, etc, but if you have ever done brakes yourself it is very easy. IM me if you need any pointers, etc. <p>See my previous thread: <p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=61337" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=61337</A><p>BTW I used the stock pads and I'm very happy with them.
 

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Re: Has Anyone Here Actually Did Their Own Brake Service At Home??? (needsdecaf)

I've done pads and rotors both at home and at the track.......... very easy
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SHIFT_S60R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">what is the procedure for compressing the four pistons? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Push them back with a heavy duty screwdriver.<p>Not kidding. This is then instruction that comes with the part and is in Vadis.
 

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Re: Has Anyone Here Actually Did Their Own Brake Service At Home??? (JimLill)

Hi JimLill,<p>When using a C clamp, do you put a piece of cloth inbetween the C clamp and caliper, so not to scratch the caliper up? I would think that is how Volvo Tech's do it at the dealerships. I already had my rear pads replaced once and did not see a scrath on the calipers. All my other brake jobs that I have done myself, I did not have to worry about painted calipers. Thanks.
 

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Re: Has Anyone Here Actually Did Their Own Brake Service At Home??? (bouncer)

I don't use a clamp or a screwdriver... I use a hardwood wedge<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JimLill</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I don't use a clamp or a screwdriver... I use a hardwood wedge<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>That's a good idea I'd like to borrow for my next pad change, if you don' t mind. If never had high-gloss painted calipers until now, so I've always used a screwdriver, C-clamp, or large slip-joint pliers to get the pistons back into their bores. Now I hope everybody is opening the bleeder screws to let out the old brake fluid, rather than pushing the old fluid back up the brake lines towards the master cylinder. Is this method working OK for people?
 

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Re: Has Anyone Here Actually Did Their Own Brake Service At Home??? (MAC1LSR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MAC1LSR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>That's a good idea I'd like to borrow for my next pad change, if you don' t mind. If never had high-gloss painted calipers until now, so I've always used a screwdriver, C-clamp, or large slip-joint pliers to get the pistons back into their bores. Now I hope everybody is opening the bleeder screws to let out the old brake fluid, rather than pushing the old fluid back up the brake lines towards the master cylinder. Is this method working OK for people?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The wood wedge is a good idea, I'll have to steal one from our surveyors. It's still easy to use a screwdriver and not dent the painted edge...just use a polishing pad or a cloth to brace the edge of the screwdriver that you're resting on the opposite side of the caliper, but the wood is definitely safer.<p>I did not open the bleed screw. It is not called for as part of the official change procedure, so I don't do it. It probably is a good idea but probably a bit overkill.
 
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