When to replace the Brake Pads on your AUDI A3
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Brake pad set : 30000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: brake pads – Audi A3 8L1. Tools you need:
Wire brush
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
HEX bit No.H7.
Anti-squeal paste
Wheel impact socket #17
Brake caliper wind back tool
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Replacement: brake pads – Audi A3 8L1. AUTODOC recommends:
  • Perform the replacement of brake pads in complete set for each axis. This provides effective braking.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for all brake pads 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
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    Open the bonnet. Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
  2. Step 2
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  3. Step 3
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  4. Step 4
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Audi A3 8L1
  6. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  7. Step 7
    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 8
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins.
  8. Step 9
    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7.
    Step 10
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  9. Step 11
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake pads – Audi A3 8L1. Professionals recommend:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur.
  10. Step 12
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    Remove the brake pads.
    Replacement: brake pads – Audi A3 8L1. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Measure the brake disc thickness. Upon reaching the wear limit the part must be replaced.
  11. Step 13
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    Check the brake caliper bracket, brake caliper guide pins and boots. Clean them. Replace, if necessary.
  12. Step 14
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    Press in the brake caliper piston. Use brake caliper wind back tool.
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