The Volkswagen Golf GTI uses a brake rotor and caliper design for its braking system. This brake design allows the Golf GTI to take advantage of the increased clamping force that a caliper uses over a brake drum style system. Hydraulic fluid is forced through steel brake tubing and directed into the caliper system. The caliper contains a brake pad that is forced against a rotor (disc), which causes friction and slows the car down. Over time, the caliper can malfunction due to age. When this happens, your caliper usually seizes. You’ll be able to tell if your Golf’s caliper has seized because the steering wheel will pull in the direction of the seized caliper during braking. The harder the brake action, the more the car will pull in the direction of the seized caliper.
Tools Used: Tools, Socket wrench with socket set, Zip-ties, Tire wrench, Jack, (2) jack stands
Remove the Brake Caliper
Break the front lug nuts loose on the GTI with a tire wrench. Turn the lugs 1/4 turn counterclockwise.