Touareg: 2016 V6 FSI
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Kincardine, ON, Canada
Second Vehicle: is not a VW
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No secret here in Canada we like our road salt, and now for the past few years in Ontario our highways get coated with brine instead of rock salt. The brine and associated dust when it drys gets everywhere on a vehicle and has cause new problems for many brands such as corroded fuel and brake lines.
On all my other vehicles and usually at the 2nd service interval, removal of the callipers, cleaning the brake components and applying fresh lube is a ritual mainly because of the salt.
My 2016 Touareg, now with 60,400 Kms has never had the brakes serviced. I had taken it to the dealer last month at 58,000Kms for the major service and had noted to the technician that I found the brakes were not as responsive and were creaking and groaning......RED FLAG here.
When I picked up the T after service I was told the brakes were fine and I had 7.0mm of pad left all around. I asked if they cleaned and lubed the brakes and they said no, it wasn't needed. I though okay, maybe it's all in my head about the poor brake performance.
I drove for another month and then decided to take it to a local garage that I've dealt with for years, first time bringing the T there.
The mechanic called back and told me the back brakes were badly rusted and need disassembly, cleaning and lubing. On the front, both sides had the inside brake pad seized in the calliper, preventing the calliper pistons to retract, and the inside of both front rotors were badly rusted, and will probably need to replace them if they don't clean up enough with a sanding disc.
I called the VW dealer (Owensound VW) back and their response was at the time of my service, (one month and 2,000KMs ago) the brakes were fine. I asked if or when do they recommend servicing brakes, their reply was we don't unless the customer requests it as it's not required. I didn't bother to argue with their bullS**T and made a mental note of their incompetence....never to return.
The jist of this rant is to forewarn those who live in a rust belt to get their brakes serviced. Fortunately my callipers can be saved, and I only need front pads.
Now I'm starting to wonder if I should get the vehicle sprayed to prevent rusting. My 10 yr old Honda still looks like new with no rust anywhere.