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Does anyone have a favorite Youtube or DIY write-up on what's needed for a front and rear brake pad + rotor job? Shops are quoting what seems to be way too much for labor on a brake job so I'm thinking of tackling this myself. I've done basic to intermediate weekend mechanic-type jobs on my 2012 GTI before so a nice refresher on modern cars and what tools I need would be reassuring.

2018 Atlas SE w/tech 3.6L 4motion
Likely going with Centric Posiquiet pads with Centric high carbon rotors since they're readily available for a decent price.
 

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Have a look a shopdap's youtube channel amd find the f/r brake videos. Same as the MQB Golfs. I did my fronts...v. easy.
Thank you for that. I'll definitely check their video out.

What pads did you end up going with? Did you replace the rotor also?

I have 60k on the car now.I just need daily driver pads really as I don't tow or drive the car hard. It's mostly a road trip type vehicle so longevity is probably the highest on my list of requirements. Lower dust would be nice also but OEM pads really weren't too bad honestly.
 

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I did all four wheels on my 2018 SEL-P at around 60K also. Nothing difficult. I used ceramic pads. Also changed the rotors since they were about $85 each. I think shops like to change rotors to make extra work for themselves and it is rarely necessary. But for 85 bucks I figured I would since I had everything apart anyway.
 

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I did all four wheels on my 2018 SEL-P at around 60K also. Nothing difficult. I used ceramic pads. Also changed the rotors since they were about $85 each. I think shops like to change rotors to make extra work for themselves and it is rarely necessary. But for 85 bucks I figured I would since I had everything apart anyway.
Thanks for the feedback. Do you remember which brand and model pads and rotors you went? Have they performed well?
 

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I had to source a couple places because of availability, so wound up with:

Front: NAPA coated rotors and Power Stop ceramic pads
Rear: Power Stop coated rotors and ceramic pads

Changed last summer and now have about 10K miles on them. All good. Smooth stops, no squeal, and less dust. I also tow a 4500 lb. trailer
 

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In feb 2020 i bought a new 2019 SE v6 frt wd. Within 3 weeks i changed out the stock rotors and pads with ceramic pads and drilled and slotted rotors. Just take ur time easy peezy.
 

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Did the fronts on ours as well at the 60K mark. 2019 SEL with tech. Went with OEM pads and had the rotors turned. Plenty of meat left on them. Total cost was $247. The only problem was finding the exact torque specs. Other than that, nothing special. Typical brake job. 8K on the new brakes with no complaints from the primary driver.

Out of curiosity, what was the cost you were quoted for labor and parts?
 

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In feb 2020 i bought a new 2019 SE v6 frt wd. Within 3 weeks i changed out the stock rotors and pads with ceramic pads and drilled and slotted rotors. Just take ur time easy peezy.
Wasn't there something about needing VAGCOM/OBD11 for the electronic brake to release in the rear?
 

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Did the fronts on ours as well at the 60K mark. 2019 SEL with tech. Went with OEM pads and had the rotors turned. Plenty of meat left on them. Total cost was $247. The only problem was finding the exact torque specs. Other than that, nothing special. Typical brake job. 8K on the new brakes with no complaints from the primary driver.

Out of curiosity, what was the cost you were quoted for labor and parts?
I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area. My usual VW/Audi specialist mechanic shop wants around $1,100 for parts and labor. They're especially pricey due to OEM brake pads and rotors. Generic mechanics with non-OEM parts are in the $900 range. I ended up finding a labor-only mechanic who will do the front and rear for $300. Went with Duralast rotors and Duralast Gold ceramic pads at Autozone for $325.
 

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Did the fronts on ours as well at the 60K mark. 2019 SEL with tech. Went with OEM pads and had the rotors turned. Plenty of meat left on them. Total cost was $247. The only problem was finding the exact torque specs. Other than that, nothing special. Typical brake job. 8K on the new brakes with no complaints from the primary driver.

Out of curiosity, what was the cost you were quoted for labor and parts?
So did you find the torque specs? Mine is 19 SEL P. I have 60,500 on mine and going to turn fronts!
 

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Just did my rotors for the second time at 41K. I can do the whole thing in under an hour for the fronts. Torque numbers should be the same as any MQB VW/Audi so likely can find them online for the Golf/GTI/R easier than the Atlas. I use a few ugadoogas and call it good.
 
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