An All-in-One Guide to Replacing Your GTI or Golf R Brake System Components

When you have a performance-oriented vehicle like a Volkswagen GTI or Golf R, your brakes deserve top-notch attention and care. Here’s a complete guide on replacing the key components of your GTI’s or Golf R’s brake system – the brake pads, rotors, calipers, and brake hose – in the safest, most efficient way possible.

Even if you’re a beginner and you’ve never changed anything in your brake system before, you’ll know everything you need to do after reading this guide.

The Importance of Buying OEM Replacement Parts

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The brake system is one of the most important systems in your car. Because of that, the quality of its components absolutely should not be skimped on. You may be tempted to buy aftermarket brake system components for various reasons – maybe they cost less, maybe they’re marketed as high-performance parts, or something else – but there are too many risks associated with purchasing an aftermarket component for such a critical system that plays a huge part in your car’s performance and safety.

Buying an OEM Volkswagen replacement brake system component – especially one made for performance – is your safest bet. OEM parts outperform aftermarket parts in five important ways.

  • Quality
  • Fitment
  • Warranty
  • Versatility
  • Longevity

If you want to read more about each factor and how OEM is the better choice, this article has all the information you need: Are OEM GTI/Golf R Brakes Better Than Aftermarket?

How to Replace Your Brake Pads

Find the right OEM replacement brake pads for your GTI or Golf R here.

Replacing your brake pads is a simple process that takes only a few steps:

  1. Lift your GTI or Golf R.
  2. Remove the wheel.
  3. Remove the retaining spring from the caliper.
  4. With an Allen head socket, unbolt the two bolts on the back of the caliper.
  5. Remove the caliper brackets and replace the brake pads inside them.
  6. Bolt the caliper brackets back into place and reinstall the spring. You might need to use a brake piston compressor to push the piston back inside the caliper unit.
  7. Reinstall the caliper.

How to Replace Your Rotor

Find the right OEM replacement rotor for your GTI or Golf R here.

What happens when your rotor wears down? Its ability to absorb heat is drastically reduced.That may lead to brake fade. That’s why we strongly recommend replacing your rotor as soon as possible.

  1. Clean the new rotor with a brake cleaner (it is covered with a protectant to prevent rust).
  2. Lift your GTI or Golf R.
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4. Remove the retaining spring from the caliper.
  5. With an Allen head socket, unbolt the two bolts on the back of the rear caliper.
  6. Remove the caliper brackets.
  7. Replace the old rotor with the new one.
  8. Reinstall the caliper in the reverse order of removal.

How to Replace Your Calipers

Find the right OEM replacement caliper assembly for your GTI or Golf R here.

It’s important to replace your calipers as soon as you determine that they're bad because a failed caliper drastically decreases your car’s braking performance and jeopardizes your safety on the road. Luckily, replacing your calipers is pretty easy:

  1. Lift your GTI or Golf R.
  2. Remove the wheel.
  3. Remove the retaining spring from the caliper.
  4. With an Allen head socket, unbolt the two bolts on the back of the rear caliper.
  5. Disconnect the brake hose from the calipers.
  6. Remove the caliper.
  7. Install the new caliper in the reverse order of removal.
  8. Bleed the brake system.

How to Replace Your Brake Hose

Find the right OEM replacement brake hose for your GTI or Golf R here.

Replacing your brake hose is quite easy. All you need is a socket wrench and this list of steps to follow:

  1. Lift your GTI or Golf R.
  2. Remove the wheel from the brake assembly that needs to be worked on.
  3. Turn the front wheels right or left to give yourself enough room to work on the brake hose.
  4. Remove the brake hose clamp.
  5. Unbolt the brake hose from the caliper and the rigid brake line.
  6. Install the new brake hose in the reverse order of removal.
  7. Bleed the brakes to remove air from the brake lines.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about replacing the key components in your GTI’s or Golf R’s brake system.