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    B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

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    At 26k F&R pads look low, if I had no pulsing in my pedal and the rotors look v-good, can I get away with just doing a pad change? If the rotors are not in great shape can you cut them or is it best to just change them? Also, the dealer said I should wait until the warning light comes on before changing the pads, does that sound right? They look pretty low now and almost didn't pass inspection.

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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    What do you mean by the rotors are not in great shape? Worn down? Im sure you can just change the pads but while you already have brakes disassembled you might as well take the rotors to a local auto shop to get turned, get some more life out of them if they have any left.
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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    just change brake pads, no need to turn the rotors unless they look scored really... def no need to wait for the light if they look low. if these are oem pads than haven't been changed before you should be just fine. EBC greenstuff is always a good bet.

    yes if the rotors are scored for whatever reason you can just have them turned... the shop will make them even again by putting the rotor on a lathe and taking off a very small amount. again, if not damaged just change the pads.

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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    That's what I thought, I just didn't want to ruin a new set of OEM pads or have a problem with pulsation. The rotors look almost perfect. I'll try it and if it dosen't work out I'll do the rotors when the Spring arrives. What brake fluid should I use (and where's the best place to find it) if I want to flush it out?

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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    no need to flush the brake fluid unless it's starting to turn DARK. then use some dot 4 stuff. it's really all the same, hydraulic fluid with XXX temperature rating. avoid dot5 as it's synthetic and not supposed to be in the same system as dot4. i think i used castrol dot4. i would tend away from OEM pads. they're expensive for what they are. I LOVED EBC pads when I used them in my big brake kits. Greenstuff is a no drawbacks upgrade from OEM in terms of bite. I say do it!

    Also, if you are going to flush... spend the 100-150 for braided brake lines and do them at the same time. that should improve feel a bit.

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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    Bought the OEM pads at a dealer that gave me the 20% discount. I didn't know if having non OEM brakes could give me a warranty issue in the future, so just to be safe I paid the xtra $$. The OEMs were fine, the only complaint is the dust, I had to clean the wheels with a pressure washer so they could stick new weights on when I got tires. Unbelievable that we're talking about replacing tires and brakes at 26k!

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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    Quote Originally Posted by dadman View Post
    Unbelievable that we're talking about replacing tires and brakes at 26k!
    My stock tires (ContiSport 2's) lasted me only 13k
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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    The stock Conti's are smooth but they don't last for crap. Before changing wheels I put on dunlop.. (great bang for buck) Yes stock pads don't go past 24-26k and I drive pretty laid back.

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    Re: B7 A4 Brake Pad Change Only??

    Another problem, maybe a separate thread, the new Bridgestones that I got on clearance at TireRack have less of a sidewall ridge than the stock tires. With my 2 sons using the car I was hoping to still have some protection from scraping our "flat faced" wheels. Now the rim looks like it sticks out further than the tire. I'll have to research this and see if there is a tire that fits and has that hard rubber "bead" on the sidewall.

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    Yep. You can definitely just replace the pads if the rotors are fine. I would advise "scuffing" them up, to help seat/bed the new pads to the existing rotors. Proper seating will avoid glazing your new pads and improve braking performance.
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    I took off my wheel to take a peak at what tools I may need and noticed the bolts for the calipers are large toes - anyone know what sizes I'll need to replace pads/rotors so I have the right tools?

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    I'm at 80k with stock rotors and they work perfect. just fyi

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluid View Post
    I took off my wheel to take a peak at what tools I may need and noticed the bolts for the calipers are large toes - anyone know what sizes I'll need to replace pads/rotors so I have the right tools?
    Everything you need to know: http://www.audizine.com/forum/showth...s-To-B7-Brakes

    Oh and stock rotors are 320mm.



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