Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to replace rear brake pads / rear brake pad set on AUDI A3 1 (8L1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Required tools:
Required tools:
Wire brush
Combination spanner #13
Combination spanner #15
Drive socket # 13
Torque wrench
Copper grease
Anti-squeal paste
Brake cleaner
Wheel impact socket #17
Brake caliper wind back tool
Crow bar
Wheel chock
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.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
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    Step 1
    Open the bonnet.Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
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    Step 2
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
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    Step 3
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 4
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
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    Step 5
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
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    Step 6
    Remove the wheel.
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    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
    Spread the brake pads.Use a crowbar.
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    Step 9
    Clean the brake caliper fasteners. Use a wire brush.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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    Step 10
    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening.Use a combination spanner #13.Use a combination spanner #15.
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    Step 11
    Remove the brake caliper.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    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.
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    Step 12
    Remove the brake pads.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Measure the brake disc thickness. Upon reaching the wear limit the part must be replaced.Check the brake caliper bracket, brake caliper guide pins and boots. Clean them. Replace, if necessary.
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    Step 13
    Clean the brake caliper bracket from dirt and dust.Use a wire brush.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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    Step 14
    Press in the brake caliper piston.Use brake caliper wind back tool.
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    Step 15
    Treat the back side of the new brake pads. Treat the brake caliper bracket where it contacts the brake pads.Use anti-squeal paste.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure the disc surface is clean before installing the pads.
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    Step 16
    Install new brake pads.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure the pads are installed with linings facing the disc.
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    Step 17
    Install the brake caliper and fix it.
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    Step 18
    Tighten the brake caliper bracket.Use a combination spanner #15.Use a drive socket #13.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 35 Nm torque.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Without starting the engine, press the brake pedal several times until you feel significant resistance.
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    Step 19
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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    Step 20
    Treat the contacting surface.Use copper grease.
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    Step 21
    Install the wheel.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
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    Step 22
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
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    Step 23
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 Nm torque.
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    Step 24
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Check the brake fluid level in the expansion tank and refill if necessary.
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    Step 25
    Tighten the brake fluid reservoir cap. Close the hood.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Slow down smoothly for first 150-200 km after the brake pads replacement. Avoid unneccessary and sharp braking to a stop.
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