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I have a 2005 V8 with 43,000 miles. Just purchased it used about 3 months ago used. Great car and a lot of fun to drive. Very happy with the purchase.

The brakes started squeaking about two weeks ago. Got a quote from a VW dealer (where we have purchased 3 VWs) to replace the pads and rotors, said only about 10% left on the pads and the rotors are glazed over - all 4 wheels. Said the rotors cannot be "machined", so all needs to be replaced. Well over $1K of service here in Ohio, USA.

Took it to a used car dealer, who I trust and have been doing business with for the past 10+ years (Non-VW cars) with an excellent service center. Said they could order the pads and sensors from VW and and would "machine" the rotors for around $500 - all 4 wheels. Said I had about 20% worth of life on the pads.

My Question is what happens if I machine the rotors, does VW not recommend this? If they are still the acceptable thickness is it ok? I know the Touareg is expensive to service, but only spending a third of the price on pads would be so nice.

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Squeal on breaks could be anything from dust to CHANGE THE PADS DUMMY. The fact that VW has sensors on them should tell you whether you need to replace them or not. As to what to replace them with everyone has an opinion, I'll give you mine, KVR carbon fiber.

As to rotors, I would get a CarFax sheet on your car to see when they were replaced. It seems common here to replace rotors with pads which is insane. So either VW rotors which seem to be Brembos are of inferior quality from ANY OTHER Brembos I've owned on Porsches, BMWs and Durangos or something is weird and I would look at different Brembo rotors as I can't see replacing them every time you change out the pads.

Your call.

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If you want the right advance and not a lot of informed and uninformed opinions... talk to Geoff at Alretta Truck Parts in Massachussets. He has an incredible level of knowledge and bulletproof customer service.
 

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The Brembo 330mm front rotors as used on the V8 has a standard thickness of 32mm and a wear limit of 30mm specified. That's 1mm wear on either side MAX.

Machining them WILL put them under the wear limit, so I wouldn't even consider it.

As to how long they're supposed to last, I don't know as I have no personal experience with the Brembo setups.

But yes, as TREGinginCO says, speak to Geoff. He's the man.
 

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If your rotors are glazed over you might sand them with sandpaper.
Should take the glaze off.
If they are original oem rotors they will be gone at 43 k.
You can get very good aftermarket rotors for less then $500
I recently bought zimmermans for the front at i think about $150 a set or so.
easiest way is buying the whole thing from geoff and have a mechanic you trust to put them on. it is very easy to do
 

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If you want the right advance and not a lot of informed and uninformed opinions... talk to Geoff at Alretta Truck Parts in Massachussets. He has an incredible level of knowledge and bulletproof customer service.
+1, I have a set of Brakes from Geoff, and they are terrific!

Easy DIY project too.
 

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I just recently bought a 2004 Touareg from a local VW dealer and the back rotors did not look so good so I asked if they could machine them for me before I took the car home and they told me they could not machine the rotors and they needed to be replaced. I said great even better replace them for me before I take the car since I didn't feel I should have to replace rotors right after I drive a car off of the lot. The salesman went and talked to the service department and suddenly like magic it was ok to machine them. They did it for me and I have put about 3000 miles on the car since then without any problems at all.
 

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I just recently bought a 2004 Touareg from a local VW dealer and the back rotors did not look so good so I asked if they could machine them for me before I took the car home and they told me they could not machine the rotors and they needed to be replaced. I said great even better replace them for me before I take the car since I didn't feel I should have to replace rotors right after I drive a car off of the lot. The salesman went and talked to the service department and suddenly like magic it was ok to machine them. They did it for me and I have put about 3000 miles on the car since then without any problems at all.
Go have the rotors measured if they are less then 30 mm go back and raise hell and demand it all new because they would knowingly put you on the street with brakes which VW says is unsafe
 

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I stand corrected. 26 mm it is
 

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Updating my post from August 2009.

Went ahead with my used car dealer for the pads (my repair place ordered OEM from VW) and they resurfaced the rotors in early September 2009. Now it's the end of January 2010 and 4,000 miles later and I'm back to hearing the squeak again when I stop. The squeak comes when I'm almost to the stopping point around 5mph or so.

I'm a conservative driver and do my best to use the engine to slow me down when exiting express ways and coming up on stopped traffic. I feel that I don't "ride" the brakes in traffic or when driving.

My last car was a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had a class action lawsuit on the size of the brakes for the vehicle weight. The lawsuit was successful and I was able to re-coupe about $400 in repairs to those brakes.

Reading other "Brakes" posts, some people are pulling heavy loads and have 50,000 miles on the brakes.

Will take the "egg" back to my repair place to see what they say. Maybe I should have talked with Geoff...

Any suggestions on braking to extend the wear life.
 

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Knowing everything I've learned about the Touareg braking system... both from Geoff (awesome source of info)... my tech and Volkswagen.... I WOULD NEVER do my brakes without replacing the rotors.

There... I've said my peace and I'm not interested in debating anyone about it. VW says what it says about the Touareg's brakes for a reason.
 

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Good point TREGinginCO. But, it's always a matter of $$ or else I'd have everything done exactly when needed as needed.
 

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What do they say on the TV commercial, (actor smacks forehead with hand),

"I Should have had a V8!"

Do it well, 'cause half-baked will get you food poisoning....

My Sunday thoughts on eating and braking

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I did the front brakes on my 04 V8 with pads, rotors, etc from Geoff. His package is the best...you cannot go wrong.
The only issue facing you will be whether to go with VW recommendation to replace the bolts that hold the caliper to the caliper carrier. I did not.
 

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I did my brakes with Geoff's kit...its the way to go.
 
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