Audi Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a BMW tech, hopefully I can help you today!
Rear brake pads on your Audi are very easy if you are patient and mechanically inclined!
When I asked my question and signed up there was an Audi tech queued up!
What a ripoff!
I work on audis as well
Have you replaced rear pads on an 05 A4 B6 3.0?
I just identify myself as a BMW tech because that is my specialty
Many, many times
I'm sorry, I don't follow
Have you read my question?
I have, what do you mean by RTFP?
You will need one special tool to do the job, a piston compressor
It can be rented from any decent autoparts store
one second, I'll find you a picture so you know what you're looking for
Can't turn them and compress them that way?
You have to compress them while turning them
it can be done with a series of pliers but it's a pain that way
if you're adventurous you can try but I'd recommend borrowing/renting the tool
Other than that, remove the top caliper slide bolt (it's usually a 13mm)
and pivot the caliper back and down
You should be able to easily remove the pads now
using your special tool
compress the piston back into the caliper
I was fearful that it might involve a more complex procedure. Does the fluid reservoir back up when compressing the caliper piston?
Apply a small dab of anti-squeal compound to the backs of the new pads and the very edges where the pads ride in the pad carrier
be careful not to get any on the discs or friction surface of the pads though!
The reservoir should not overflow
the volume of the rear pistons is very small
But to be safe, check the fluid level before you start. If it is full up to the top, suck a small amount out using something along the lines of a syringe or turkey baster
just don't reuse it for food afterwards though!
Sounds good. Do you know if there's a diagram from the manual online where I can look at it?
I can post a link to a video if that helps!
Sounds great! Thanks
Thanks for the pic! Is the 2001 A4 the same as my 05 B6? Thought the B6 wasn't around until'03...
It's very similar, Audi has used the same basic system since the 90s
VWs use a similar system as well
Really, the only variation between the versions is whether the E-Brake cable comes in from the top or the bottom
My first car was a '69 VW ragtop!
Yours should come up from the botXXXXX XXXXXke the '04 in the video I linked
Fantastic, I love those cars!
Basic rule of thumb is to remove the caliper slide bolt on the opposite side from where the e-brake cable comes from
that way you can actually pivot the caliper out far enough to get the pads clear
It was a great car -- wish I still had it. Completely restored it and sold it when I went into the Navy..
You'll just have to keep your A4 for 25 more years!
Don't laugh -- my S4 had 586K on it!
I had 330k on my old BMW E30 when I finally decided to build another...
It would have kept going except for the stupid New England rust!
Why haven't you gotten an Audi?
That's awesome, thanks for posting that!
I'd like to, I just get a better price on BMW parts!
I have several friends with audis though, they're really nice cars to drive when they're in good shape!
I've know a few that weren't in good shape though...
My S4 was a '93 and never had any rust until the very last winter (had a dent in one of the rear doors)
They're fun cars to drive, I'm not surprised you put that many miles on!
I would have kept her, but the doors were all seizing. Was afraid she'd lock me out one frigid night. Parts were getting hard to find and prices were too high. I like the B6. Good motor.
I have a customer with the same car, it's really nice! Your's isn't silver by any chance, is it?
Black on black
I have a customer with an A3 with some of the greatest paddle shifters I've ever used.
When I get $1.98, I'll trick her up
now if they could put that engine in the tiny car with the great paddles you'd have the greatest AutoX car ever made!
Of course I'm sure it's been done already...
MIne's 6-spd. Maybe my next one will have paddles.
But the A4 is what I'd actually need, much better cargo capacity!
Just enough cargo space to keep the passenger count to one!
Hey Brendan, thanks for your help! Great chatting with you
Pete, good luck with your brakes!
I'm glad I could help!
Enjoy the car, I hope it makes it to 500k as well!
Please leave me a positive rating when you get a chance!
You got it!
2008 audi A4 convertible - the soft top does not close.