Brake pedal is also VERY sensitive. If you touch it while driving, it feels like you're making an emergency stop!

Tiny
FRANSUA
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  • 2010 VOLKSWAGEN POLO
  • 17,000 MILES
Hi. Just recently bought the car but still looks new. Brakes are not releasing properly causing the brakes to drag and get hot. The brake pedal is also VERY sensitive. If you touch it while driving, it feels like you're making an emergency stop! After many days of searching for the problem, I unscrewed the master cylinder to give a 5mm gap from the booster. Tested the brakes and it releases properly like it should. I took off all the calipers and noticed the pads were gone, can you help me do a brake job please?
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Tiny
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Here is a guide that will help with getting this done:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-front-brake-pads-and-rotors-fwd

Below you will find the instructions from a like vehicle which should be the same as your vehicle. We just don't offer this vehicle in the USA so we have to use a similar vehicle that we do offer.

Please let us know if you have other questions.
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 AT 6:38 AM
Tiny
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  • 16,500 MILES
I changed both my front brake pads and discs and also had the drivers side wheel bearing changed. Ever since I ve had it done, the brakes really make a loud squeak as soon as I press the brake pedal. It s nonstop and continuous until I let go of the pedal. Is there something that s been done wrong or is this normal? I ve read mixed reviews. Also the brake pedal feels like it s releasing air every time I press it. Any suggestions!
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Saturday, March 13th, 2021 AT 11:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Welcome to 2CarPros.

Chances are the pads that were used are bad. At this point, you have one of two choices. First, they do make a product that is applied to the backing plate of the brake pad that is to absorb vibration and help eliminate noise. Or, try replacing the pads themselves.

It's interesting. I just went through a similar issue with my own vehicle. I replaced the rear brake shoes (drum brakes) and they sounded horrible to a point it was embarrassing. Took things apart and everything appeared normal, so I got a replacement set of brake shoes and installed them. It hasn't made a sound since.

If you are questioning if you did something wrong, here is a link that explains in general how pads and rotors are replaced. Take a look through it to see if anything was missed. Also, please feel free to let me know if you have other questions.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-front-brake-pads-and-rotors-fwd

Take care,
Joe
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Saturday, March 13th, 2021 AT 11:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Thank you for your reply Joe. I got the pads and discs changed and they re no longer making a noise. However, my top Caliper bolt has been Helicoiled due to little to no thread. I ve also been told I can get a new hub fitted which is going to be very expensive I believe. Is the Helicoil method dangerous in any way? And will I have to get new bolts or helicoil every time I change my pads and discs? Thank you
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Saturday, March 13th, 2021 AT 11:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Welcome back:

I'm glad to hear the noise is gone. I'm not sure where the brakes are coming from anymore, but I have been getting ones that make noise, the pad material is too thick and can be installed, and even the backing plates have been off enough to cause a rattle. Ugh! LOL

As far as the helicoil, that is an industry standard. If it was installed correctly, you will have no trouble and it should not require replacement every time. It could after several uses come out, but then a new one can be reinstalled.

Take care of yourself and let us know if you have questions in the future.

Joe
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Saturday, March 13th, 2021 AT 11:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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  • 2007 VOLKSWAGEN POLO
  • 1.6L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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Hi when I apply the brake to come to a halt, the pedal pulsates beneath my foot. They told me I need to do brake please help. Thanking you in advance. Fahmi
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Saturday, March 13th, 2021 AT 11:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Here is a guide that will help with this:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-front-brake-pads-and-rotors-fwd

They are correct that the brakes need to be replaced as the rotors get hot and warp and it causes this pulsation.

Below is the process from the manual that will help with replacing this.

Please let us know if there are more questions. Thanks
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Saturday, March 13th, 2021 AT 11:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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  • 2WD
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Could you give me a guide or something to help me do the brakes?
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Saturday, March 13th, 2021 AT 11:53 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hello.

Hope the following link and diagrams are of assistance in your repairs, please don't hesitate to contact us with any further questions or repair information.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-front-brake-pads-and-rotors-fwd

Please keep us updated on your repair and thanks for using 2CarPros.

Dave H
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