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    Thread: Jetta Brake Caliper Removal

    1. 01-28-2006 01:55 AM #1
      Ok so here I am getting ready to install so new pads and GTI vented rotors on my 1990 1.8L 8v Jetta and upon removing the wheel I see that the calipers do not use bolts they are with some type of hex bolt.

      Question is this:

      How will I go about removing the calipers? Is there a special tool, hex key or wrench that I need to remove these bolts from the caliper? I noticed when I went to remove them that the top bolt on the drivers side is kind of stripped. I got a hex key and well seems like the bolt won't turn with the hex key (Either the bolt is stripped or you can't use hex keys.

      Please inform me as to how to remove these because I'm running out of brake pad on my brakes and want to do it ASAP.

      Thank you...


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    3. 01-28-2006 02:08 AM #3
      Unfortunately no I don't

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      01-28-2006 02:08 AM #4
      Well before you get into something like that, BUY ONE!!!!

    5. 01-28-2006 02:16 AM #5
      I've done brakes numerous times I'm just new to VW thats why I'm asking...

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      01-28-2006 02:18 AM #6
      6mm allen. Thats all you need.

    7. 01-28-2006 02:26 AM #7
      Knappy is correct (as always ). 6mm allen is all you need to pull the calipers.

      Seriously though, a Bentley is priceless for these cars.


    8. 01-28-2006 02:35 AM #8
      If the bolt is stripped then vise grips and WD40 or PB blaster.

      Then pray the bolt won't cap off.

      Because then you'll need to drill and tap. But you'll have new bolts.


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      01-28-2006 02:44 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by PepeLuche »
      If the bolt is stripped then vise grips and WD40 or PB blaster.

      Then pray the bolt won't cap off.

      Because then you'll need to drill and tap. But you'll have new bolts.

      UMM sorry but no. There is rubber boots on the bolts. Without the boots or if you tear them up you will need a new caliper or a caliper rebuild kit cuz the caliper will not slide on the bolts correctly. Thank you and have a nice evening.


    10. 01-28-2006 03:07 AM #10
      Thanks for all your help Knappy and I appreciate you being so patient with me. I did I search for the Bentley manual and came up with the online one (I didn't know it existed)... looked up brakes and came up with this:

      http://ep0niks.ctech.ca/vw/eva2/SU02/ch5.1.2.html

      Now is the 16v the same caliper as the 8v? Because on the online manual it states that this procedure is for Removing and Installing Brake Pads (1989 and later 16V models only) so please let me know. Thank you.


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      01-28-2006 03:26 AM #11
      basically the same, but that procedure is for the 10.1" brakes found on the later jetta 16v's. the 9.4's just have a 6mm allen head bolt that holds the caliper one, if you've done brakes it'll be very straightforward once you have the tool and find where the bolts are.

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      01-28-2006 03:43 AM #12
      Remove rounded hex bolt by hammering in a CV bolt tool.


    13. 01-28-2006 05:11 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Vdubs »
      Remove rounded hex bolt by hammering in a CV bolt tool.


      Baaahhhh, or something
      I suppose that would work


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      01-28-2006 10:35 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by knappy »

      UMM sorry but no. There is rubber boots on the bolts. Without the boots or if you tear them up you will need a new caliper or a caliper rebuild kit cuz the caliper will not slide on the bolts correctly. Thank you and have a nice evening.

      You can get new rubber sleeves for the bolts, I even found them at Autozone IIRC. Vice Grips are the tool for the job, just make sure you use some penetrant and give it time to soak in.

      My preferred tool for this job (when the bolts aren't stripped, that is) is a 6mm allen tool that has a 3/8" mount on it, so you can put it on a breaker bar or a ratchet.

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      01-28-2006 10:50 AM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Neon Washer Nozzle »
      You can get new rubber sleeves for the bolts, I even found them at Autozone IIRC. Vice Grips are the tool for the job, just make sure you use some penetrant and give it time to soak in.

      My preferred tool for this job (when the bolts aren't stripped, that is) is a 6mm allen tool that has a 3/8" mount on it, so you can put it on a breaker bar or a ratchet.


      yes the allen too that you can use with a ratchet...is the best for the job.

      "At 6000 RPM there is no surrender"

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      01-28-2006 11:14 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by ryansux »
      yes the allen too that you can use with a ratchet...is the best for the job.


      they hold the bolt head the best and twist less, plus you can get more umph on the ratchet rather than a hex wrench

      if you dont have a 6mm hex socket and the hex wrench is the only way for you to go , i found putting a deep 1/4" socket that fits the hex wrench then on a 1/4" extension it will extend the hex wrench and hold it better


      Modified by enebo8u at 8:16 AM 1-28-2006


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      01-28-2006 12:33 PM #17
      People still use allen wrenches?

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      01-28-2006 01:10 PM #18
      I see you guys talking about the Bentley manuals all the time and I plan on getting on asap but how much are they?

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      01-28-2006 01:13 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Jaywerk »
      I see you guys talking about the Bentley manuals all the time and I plan on getting on asap but how much are they?

      Anywhere from $30-$55 depending on where you get them.


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      01-28-2006 01:54 PM #20
      my bently was 45 from the local import parts store

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      01-28-2006 02:03 PM #21
      They are priceless. Whatever you buy one for will be more than worth it.

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      01-28-2006 02:26 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Vdubs »
      Remove rounded hex bolt by hammering in a CV bolt tool.

      that's what i always do on the pull bults if they strip, i have an extra cv tool just for that job. good ol' $9 special from concept1.


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      01-28-2006 02:51 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by The_Hamster »
      that's what i always do on the pull bults if they strip, i have an extra cv tool just for that job. good ol' $9 special from concept1.

      Torx bits work great for that job, and they're super cheap. I've used them many a time to get the stripped bolt that holds the alternator to the block.

      "At 6000 RPM there is no surrender"

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      01-28-2006 07:00 PM #24
      the head on the torx bit strips alot easier than the cv tool tho.

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      01-28-2006 07:39 PM #25
      It's alot harder to hammer in aswell.



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