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Volkswagen Brake Service & Repair Seattle

Written by: Max Revelli

Volkswagen Brake System Service & Repair in Seattle

The braking system is one of the most important systems on your Volkswagen. It’s primary function is to translate your brake pedal input to reliable and consistent operation of the brakes to stop or slow the vehicle. But there is more to your braking system than meets the eye. Most modern vehicles are fitted with anti-lock brakes, or ABS. This includes a computer and hydraulic control unit that modulates brake pressure to prevent unwanted brake lock up in emergency situations. On some vehicles this subsystem is also responsible for traction and stability control. While each manufacturer implements these systems differently, the brakes remain paramount in their operation.

Looking for a VW Brake System Inspection Near You?

Regular inspection of your brake system is a quick process, but important in maintaining its reliability. During your visit to Precision Motorworks, your local Volkswagen service shop, we will visually inspect the brake calipers, pads, and rotors, and measure the remaining brake pad thickness. We’ll additionally check brake fluid level and condition, and all visible brake hoses and lines for damage or leaks.

Measuring Brake Pad Life Left on Your Volkswagen

We’ll always report back a remaining brake pad thickness measurement in mm. Generally speaking, new brake pads measure 10-12mm of thickness. We recommend replacement of the brake pads and rotors at 3mm of thickness. Regular inspection ensures that costly brake repairs don’t sneak up on you. Our regular brake pad measurements will make sure you can plan for brake repairs months in advance.

The Importance of VW Brake Rotors

Brake rotors, or discs, are equally important as the brake pads. The rotor is what the pad squeezes against which creates friction that slows down the vehicle. This friction translates the motion of your vehicle into heat and abrasion, which is why brake rotors are also a wear item. The brake rotors need to be in good condition in order to perform correctly, this is why the rotors should be replaced in conjunction with the brake pads.

Common Volkswagen Brake System Failures

While modern braking systems are well engineered and quite safe, they are not immune from problems. One of the most common problems we see is damage to the brake caliper (The component that squeezes the pad against the rotor). The brake calipers usually fail or are damaged by lack of maintenance. If you allow the brake pads to become too thin, it can cause the hydraulic piston(s) within the caliper to overextend, damaging the internal seals.

Many modern Volkswagens are equipped with a brake pad wear sensor. This simple sensor functions to alert the driver when the brake pads have reached minimum thickness. If your brake light comes on, you know it’s time to call Precision Motorworks, your local Volkswagen specialist! 206-282-1000

Volkswagen Brake Repair & Service

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