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I had my front brakes pads and calipers changed at a local mechanic and about a month later I press the pedal in the car hardly stops.. I took it to the dealer and they say I need a $6,000 repair replacing the vacuum pump. Frankly I do not believe them that's the problem. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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A failed vacuum booster would create a much firmer pedal, but the brakes would still function correctly. Sounds like they didn't properly bleed the brakes. Hows your fluid level? If it were the tandem pump, you can replace it yourself in about 3 hours and $350.
 

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Where to start -
Since you are new and this is your first post you may not fully realize it but the readership on this forum is worldwide...
1) Where are you located? You probably know but we are NOT mind readers and we don't know. The quality of service varies widely and our answers may depend on this knowledge

2) What year and model and engine is your Touareg? Again, we cannot read your mind. Often the answers to a braking question are dependent on the engine type (diesel vs gas) also the folks who might answer end to have the same vehicle.
3) When you say 'press the pedal' does that mean you have a firm pedal but no stopping or does the pedal go clear to the firewall?
4) Did you bring your issue to the guy who did the work? What was his response?
 

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It's a 2006 TDI with 40,000 miles the brake job was done about a month ago it was fine after that about a month later the brakes stopped working mostly. The pedal feels fine and the first time you press it you get a little bit of stopping but if you press it two or three times it loses all its power..
 

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The pedal does not go to The floor, it actually feels pretty normal I just doesn't seem to have any stopping power
 

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You mentioned new pads and calipers.

Is that really right or did you mean new pads and rotors / discs only?

Which makes did you buy?

And have you been back back to the "local mechanic"?

The one place you don't go to with a 12 year old VW is a VW dealer - you should have found yourself a good independent VW specialist a long time ago.
 

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Yes my mistake it was the brake pads and rotors.. apparently going to the dealer is a big mistake LOL it's the first time I've gone there for anything other than oil change because nothing is ever broke before. I had a local shop do the brake job and I'm wondering if that could have had any effect I have not gone back to her yet but I did talk to them on the phone and they thought the car is too complicated for them to work on for anything other than basic maintenance like changing brake pads...
 
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