When to replace the Brake Calipers on your AUDI A3
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Brake caliper : 100000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6 View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

Tools
Replacement: brake caliper – AUDI A3 (8L1). Tools you'll need:
Torque wrench
Wire brush
HEX bit No.H7
Combination spanner #11
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Flat Screwdriver
Fluid container
Anti-squeal paste
Wheel impact socket #17
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Ratchet wrench
Brake hose clip
Replacement: brake caliper – AUDI A3 (8L1). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right brake calipers on the same axle.
  • Please note: all work on the car – AUDI A3 (8L1) – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet. Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
    Step 2
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 3
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 4
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 5
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
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  5. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 7
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    Turn the steering knuckle to the right to get access to the brake hose bolt and brake pad wear sensor.
    Please note!
    If you use a jack, doing step #7 is impossible.
  7. Step 8
    Disconnect the ABS sensor electric socket. Disconnect the brake pad wear sensor plug. Remove the ABS sensor connector. Remove the connector of the brake pad wear sensor.
    Please note!
    Some cars are not equipped with the brake pad wear sensor.
    Step 9
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    Put a container for gathering brake fluid beneath.
  8. Step 10
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    Clean the area where the brake hose is connected to the caliper, and the guide pins area. Use a brake cleaner.
    Replacement: brake caliper – AUDI A3 (8L1). Tip:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  9. Step 11
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    Clamp the brake hose off using a brake hose clamp.
  10. Step 12
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    Unscrew the brake hose from the brake caliper. Use a combination spanner #11. Move the brake hose aside. Tie the brake hose to the car body with a hook or a piece of wire.
  11. Step 13
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  12. Step 14
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a flat screwdriver.
  13. Step 15
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H8. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 16
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake caliper – AUDI A3 (8L1). AUTODOC recommends:
    When replacing a brake caliper it is recommended to replace brake pads, check the state of the brake discs and replace them with new ones if necessary.If going to use the old brake pads, clean them.
  15. Step 17
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket from dirt and dust. Use a wire brush. Treat the brake caliper bracket. Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: brake caliper – AUDI A3 (8L1). After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  16. Step 18
    Treat the contact surfaces between the brake pads and the brake caliper bracket. Use anti-squeal paste.
    Step 19
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    Remove the guide pins from the brake caliper.
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