The brake pad indicator came on this morning, and almost made me spew
my coffee across the dash. I'm not going to the dealer to get this
done, so I'm considering two options: a local Audi shop or doing it
myself. Here are some questions:
1. Do I need any special tools to do it myself (something to open the
calipers)? If so, how much do they cost?
2. If I go to a shop, what is a reasonable rate for replacing all
3. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what brand pad to use?
I was considering Greenstuff...but if anyone has any good input let me
even though it is no different the S4 will be charged more over the A4, I
would suggest going to an independant garage and have them put some decent
discs and pads on.
If you do it yourself you will need a caliper screw, it fits on the caliper
and you use a spanner to screw the piston back in, cost around 10-20£ here
Plenty of articles on audiworld, about how to change pads, Green stuff are
fine, but I would get some Grooved or drilled discs, and some fast road
pads, I have put 30k on my pads now and still they look like new.
Kevlar mix is what you should look for.
Zimmerman Discs and Pagid fast road pads, together cost around £200.00 about
And they will look nice through your 17's
You call folk names like that & don't like to be called back by one of the
folk you insult?
If you want to check google, you'll see some of my more prolific insults,
however I like this NG & the content is good. I don't want to bring it down
to gutter level, but you are a fuckchop.
OEM quotes are from vwparts.com
OEM fron parts:
Rotor: 8D0 615 301 K - $130.00 (2 rotors needed)
Pads: 4B0 698 151 D - $230.23 (I would think this is a whole set for 2
OEM rear parts:
8D0 615 601 D - $55.77 (2 needed)
4B0 698 451 - $66.03
Fron rotor set: $189.95-289.95
Fron pad set: $81 - 119.95
Rear rotor set: $149.95 - 189.95
rear pad set - $36.50 - 69.95
Front rotor: $145 - 310 (2 needed)
Front pads: $90
Rear pads: $45
(Rear rotors not in stock yet)
Front rotors: $299.95
Rear rotors: $189.95
Front pads: 84.95
Rear pads: 36.95
I have seen many posts from VW/Audi owners praise about the Mintex "red-box"
brake pads and I would go with that. They produce much less brkae dust and
perform equal to stock pads and they are cheaper.
Not many choices for stock replacement rotors. It's either stock, DBA or
no-name brand from ECS. DBA is the best and I don't know much about the
no-name from ECS. I would say get them base on your budget.
If you plan to work on the brakes yourself then you should get this caliper
tool (highly recommended by the people from the S4 forum over at
It's $40 and some people said it was once on sale for $30 but I never seen
it on sale. I have a set myself but I haven't had the need to use it yet on
my 2000 S4.
Well, the parts are not cheap ($500-700) even if you do it yourself but,
hey, it's a 40K car. Gook luck.
Aren't you in NE Ohio? Seem to remember mention of that a while back.
If so, try ecstuning.com (a previous poster also mentioned them)
I had all four corners, pads & rotors replaced (ok, it was an A4, not S4) for
My local audi dealer wanted $1000 for the same job.
On 4 Aug 2003 10:48:08 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Avantium) wrote:
Indeed I am in NE Ohio. I called them already, and here is the price
Front Pads (Mintex Red Box): $81
Rear Pads: $36.50
Rotors were $289.95 for the front axle + labor.
They had the best price I found. I checked Autobahn and Fred Baker
too. I'm not even going call those crooks at Cascade.
I think I'm going to buy Mintex pads from TireRack and install them
myself. Audiworld had a couple good procedures, and it doesn't loook
to be every difficult (famous last words).
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