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Need tools—what to buy, sizes, etc.—to replace the brake pads and maybe rotors for my 2013 Treg tdi exec. Crazy bits in there! Any help, folks?
 

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You don't need anything fancy for the front, but for the rear rotor replacement you'll probably need VCDS to retract the parking brake. Pad change is very very simple. Calipers don't need to be removed.
 

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Need tools—what to buy, sizes, etc.—to replace the brake pads and maybe rotors for my 2013 Treg tdi exec. Crazy bits in there! Any help, folks?
Check on YouTube. There are plenty of videos showing how it's done.
Use the "Search Community" rectangle at the top center of the screen to search for threads where others may have posted PDF's or links to the repair manuals. It will show you what you need and how to do it.
My 2¢, change your rotors and wear sensors while you're there. Some have said reuse the wear sensors but they sometimes get damaged removing them so better to be prepared for that.
I provided the shop that did my front/rear pads/rotors all new hardware for the calipers and rotors and new brake pad clips, although some have said this isn't necessary.
 
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You don't need anything fancy for the front, but for the rear rotor replacement you'll probably need VCDS to retract the parking brake. Pad change is very very simple. Calipers don't need to be removed.
I know this has been debated before, but doesn't simply leaving the EPB disengaged keep the parking brake retracted enough to change the rear rotors? This is what the shop who did mine did and they had no problem.
My EPB still works great.
 
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I know this has been debated before, but doesn't simply leaving the EPB disengaged keep the parking brake retracted enough to change the rear rotors? This is what the shop who did mine did and they had no problem.
My EPB still works great.
Depending on how worn things are, yes, it can be done like the shop did it....
However, the "proper" way is to have VCDS as you're supposed to perform "grind-in" process when you replace the rotors in order to properly seat the old shoes to the new rotors.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Very helpful. I do need advice on the specific tools, however. It seems there are at least three different bits I need. What are they and where to buy? Grateful.
 

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Any decent tool store will have metric torx, triple square and head socket and hex head bits for a 1/2 or 3/8 square drive that are used by VW

If your not familiar with the various bolting technologies you need to read up and then check what sizes you need for the job (by measuring or referral to the Erwin manual) and go and buy it

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Thanks for the replies. Very helpful. I do need advice on the specific tools, however. It seems there are at least three different bits I need. What are they and where to buy? Grateful.
I sell the sockets with my kits, which always include pad hardware, and don’t let anyone suggest you needn’t replace the rotors! All OEM rotors for 7L/P models are high carbon, so wear apace of the pads.. when pads are fully worn, so will be the rotors. If you diminish your brake system by installing grey iron rotors, like Zimmerman…. Good luck… the vehicle will never reach its design limits… Grey iron resists the pads, high carbon is ideal… but Brembo didn’t design these brake systems based upon economy, rather performance…. So, these details matter.

you’ll need a T50 Torx, a 5mm and a 14mm triple square (XZN) tool bit… plus a set of general metric sockets, wrenches. I sell all three sockets as a part of my brake kit for $19 total, all three. It’s a service, as you won’t buy the 5 or the 14 at local auto parts stores. I also include instructions and grease, and preinspection of all components.

contact me if you are interested in my brake package… I’ve sold the members over 3,000 axle kits.

Geoff
 

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If you want to put your wear sensors back, make sure you purchase some. My brake pads did not come with the sensors and the sensors on the original pads wear along with the pad material themselves once you get far enough for them to trigger a brake wear light.

If you are doing rotors, your caliper bolts are TTY and are recommended for replacement on the rear at least.
 

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If you diminish your brake system by installing grey iron rotors, like Zimmerman…. Good luck… the vehicle will never reach its design limits.
The Zimmermann rotors I had put on my '11 are Coat Z AND high carbon. No problems whatsoever.
 

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If you want to put your wear sensors back, make sure you purchase some. My brake pads did not come with the sensors and the sensors on the original pads wear along with the pad material themselves once you get far enough for them to trigger a brake wear light.

If you are doing rotors, your caliper bolts are TTY and are recommended for replacement on the rear at least.
Yep gotta buy them separate
 
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