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Hi,

I have the 2016 TDI Touareg 66k miles and this morning the brake warning light came on. I know I need an inspection to determine full scope of repairs. Looking to set my expectations.
How likely will I need front and rear brakes? Is it more likely I need the fronts or rears? How likely will I need the rotors resurface vs replaced?

Due to the year of car do I need to go to the dealer or can a regular mechanic type shop handle the repair? Current dealer has struggled with the computer resetting when they top off my AdBlu so I know the car can be persnickety.

There is no way we will do the repair ourselves, no tools and not the right skill sets.

I am not a regular hard breaking driver. I drive surface roads and highway daily but not a lot of stop/go traffic.

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You should be able to get away with just pads if you've just triggered your warning..... the dealer will more than likely scare you into a $2.5k+ all around repair saying that all pads and rotors need to be replaced..... I'd suggest finding a reputable independent shop who won't take you to the cleaners..... unfortunately, due to your lack of skill\knowledge, you're susceptible to whatever they feed you unless you know just enough to call BS on them.

Typically, these rotors don't have much extra material on them, so resurfacing is rarely an option.

Based on all of that, get ready for a significant repair bill.
If you find a decent shop, you should be able to just replace the pads for a couple of hundreds.
 

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You cannot skim Touareg rotors as they do not have enough spare meat on them before they are undersize.

Any good workshop can do your brakes.

The first thing to do is to establish which pads have worn out.

Then measure the thickness of the rotors to see if they have enough service life left to take another set of pads.

However, at 66K you do probably need to replace both rotors and pads and the wear sensors too.

For optimum braking performance all four corners should be done together.

Personally I would check all four rotors and pads and make an informed decision on doing one axle or both when I know the wear tolerances of the existing rotors and pads.

You have a bit of time to choose your workshop and your options.

As above, dealers often charge crazy prices.
 

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66k seems early though, do you give them a serious workout? I'm at 75K on a 2014, haul a beefy no-brakes trailer often, mostly local driving (vs highway) and am still not close to needing my brakes done (had my 70k service done recently).
 

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Some people go through brakes in 30K, others get 100K. Totally depends on the individual's style of driving and routes covered so comparisons are pointless.
 

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Some people go through brakes in 30K, others get 100K. Totally depends on the individual's style of driving and routes covered so comparisons are pointless.
So true... LOL My wife went through a set of pads within 30K miles. She has a digital foot, on or off.

Dealer quoted $1500 for rotors and pads on all 4 corners. I did it myself, buying the parts from the dealer (with some discounts), and saved the labor cost since it is so easy to do on this car. The sensor wires are really expensive for what they are. Try not to break the good ones when taking out of the pads and reuse them.
 

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Some people go through brakes in 30K, others get 100K. Totally depends on the individual's style of driving and routes covered so comparisons are pointless.
No, really :rolleyes: ? Ya I get that, hence my question about the OP's driving style and comparing it to mine which is actually not gentle in anyway.
 

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Back to post #1, the original pads would have been Pagid and the rotors Brembo if you go to an independent and want OEM parts supplied.
 
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