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How to Change the Brake Pads on a 2002 VW GTI


John was a happy fellow. His life was great and he was loving his new 2002 Volkswagen GTI. The turbocharged 1.8-liter engine was way more powerful than the little 2.2-liter in his old rusty Honda. Of course, with power comes responsibility, which John lacked a little bit when it came to having fun. See, that lead foot that he used to push that little GTI to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds also brought him to a dead stop fast enough to roast through a pair of brake pads in about nine months. Being mechanically inclined he knew he could swap out the brake pads, so he got himself a set of high-performance pads, and broke out the old tool box.


After loosening the lug bolts, John placed the jack under the pinch weld — just behind either front wheel — then lifted the driver side corner off of the ground. He placed a jack stands below the subframe rail, in the flat spot between the control arm mounting points. He lowered the driver side onto the stand, then did the same thing for the passenger side. John held the lower guide pin in place with a 13 mm wrench, then removed the lower caliper bolt.