1999 Volkswagen Beetle Install Brake Pads

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When you apply the brakes on a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle, brake pads are forced against metal rotors and the resulting friction slows the car to a stop. Over time this friction wears away the brake pad material, until eventually the pads need to be replaced. This is a straightforward task you can perform yourself. The Beetle uses the same frame as the popular Golf model so many of the maintenance procedures are the same, including brake pad replacement. You must replace the pads on both front or both rear wheels at the same time.

Tools Used[edit]

Jack stands
Tire iron
Lug nut key
Brake parts cleaner
Socket wrench
Open ended wrench
Torque wrench

Install Brake Pads[edit]

Removing the Brake Pads

  • Chock the opposite wheels to prevent the Beetle from rolling. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels while they are still on the ground. Then raise the Beetle with a jack and lower it securely onto jack stands. Remove the lug nuts and the wheels.
  • Place a container below the brake assembly and then spray all the components with brake parts cleaner to remove the dust and grime. Do not breathe the dust in.
  • Place an open-ended wrench onto the lower caliper guide pin to hold it in place. Remove the caliper mounting bolt with a socket wrench and slide the bolt out. Leave the top mounting bolt in place.
  • Lift the caliper up using the top guide pin as a pivot. Leave the caliper in this position and remove the brake pads and shims one at a time.

New Pad Installation

  • Place a brake caliper tool onto the caliper and turn the handle clockwise to slowly retract the piston into the bore. Remove the tool when the piston is fully retracted.
  • Install the new shims onto the back of the new pads, then slide the pads into the caliper.
  • Pivot the caliper down into position over the rotor. Install the mounting bolt and tighten it to 19 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.
  • Replace the wheel and install the lug nuts. Move on to the new wheel and repeat the procedure.
  • Lower the vehicle to the ground and tighten the lug nuts to 88 foot-pounds. Pump the brakes with the engine off to restore pressure to the system before driving.