Replace front disc brake pads on a 2001 VW Jetta

This is a step by step video showing how I replaced the front disc brake shoes on a 2001 VW Jetta. Note that the rear disc brakes on this model are significantly more difficult, because the emergency brake is intimately associated with the rear caliper. You need Special Tools to do the rear. I have made some still photos of a rear caliper when I rebuilt it last year. If you want to see those, send me a youtube message.

This video is published for entertainment purposes, and is not to be construed as an instruction guide. I am not a professional mechanic.

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25 Responses to Replace front disc brake pads on a 2001 VW Jetta

  1. Your video is …
    Your video is perfect. I wish I had watched before I did my brakes on my 03 Jetta, it would have made it a tad easier knowing exactly what to expect. But thats exactly how I did it anyways. Good video, thanks.

  2. GREAT Video. I …
    GREAT Video. I followed the steps on my VP Polo and it has the same FS III calip. so it works perfect. Thanks again!

  3. Thank you. Although …
    Thank you. Although I’ve never done a video of that, there are videos done of that process here on Youtube, which will help a lot. Good luck.

  4. I really like your …
    I really like your video, congratulations!!!!…. Do you have one video where you teach how to replace the front struts on the same car as this video???

  5. great video!! i am …
    great video!! i am a first time brake pad/rotor changer and i have to say this video saved me hundreds of dollars. i own a 2003 VW Jetta and its basically the same mechanics. Oh im also a proud owner of a 2012 Tiguan, love VWs

  6. Your parts man will …
    Your parts man will be your best friend in that case.

    The sensor is on the drivers side, and you can see the wire that leads to it, maybe even before the wheel is taken off if you know what you are looking for.

  7. ok I have a 2003 …
    ok I have a 2003 Volkswagen golf GLS and i need to buy new pads and rotors… i was just wondering how do i know if my car has brake pad wear sensors on it before i can even buy brakes for it? or does it automatically have them because it is a fully loaded vehicle? need help ASAP

  8. I don’t remember, …
    I don’t remember, unless I mentioned it during the video. Thanks for your comment. When you find out, please note it here, for others.

  9. Great video,, one …
    Great video,, one question – what size hex did you use to take off guide pins?

  10. Yeah, for the rear …
    Yeah, for the rear that tool is very useful. Some shops will lend it to you but the one I use is only $30. It’s needed to screw the piston in when the parking brake is intimately associated with the caliper, usually just the rear. You can buy just a cube for a couple of dollars, but that one doesn’t work very well for this car.

  11. like santa claus: …
    like santa claus: JO JO JO no,i m wasnt a medical intern,i thought the word intern was used for any kind of profession,i mean intern like the new guy in the shop and at the same time studying to be a technician..Yes i dint notice all the videos on the right were showing the tool and the method to push that piston,in that time i used handmade tool but i think now i have to buy a simple and easy tool to make the job cheers :)

  12. fantastic vid! …
    fantastic vid! clear, easy to follow directions, took me an hour do do mine for the first time by myself without a friend standing over my shoulder.  Thanks

  13. The rear are like …
    The rear are like that on this vehicle. There is indeed such a special tool. when you say intern, do you mean a medical intern?

  14. a long time ago …
    a long time ago when i was working as an intern,i eventually had to do the same job but in that case i think it was a polo or a bora,,to put new tabs you have to press the piston but you have to press it while you are turning,did you know that kind of piston? cheers

  15. I’m strictly …
    I’m strictly amateur, but thanks for the compliment. The guys who do this for a living work so hard, it is not easy for them to slow down and video their effort. That’s why it is great to have channels like ericthecarguy and realfixesrealfast to help guys like us.

    If you send me a personal message with your email address, I can send you photos of a dismantled rear caliper. They would only be helpful if you are rebuilding the caliper.

  16. Thank you so much …
    Thank you so much sir!! Very well done and easy to follow– are you an auto-shop teacher? You could easily do it on the side! I appreciate your help.
    The shots you have of the rear brakes would be appreciated if it’s not too much of an inconvenience. Thanks again for your guidance!

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