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Just had the 5 year MOT done. passed with a couple of advisories. 'Front and rear discs worn, pitted or scored but not seriously weakened'. front pads 10mm rear 8mm. cost to replace -front £527.82 and rear £451.96. Mileage is 28,000. now bearing in mind that the rear discs were replaced at 2 years I can't understand how the rear pads are more worn than the fronts unless front pads are thicker to start with. In all the years I have had cars I have never been faced with brake disc issues in a car of this age particularly as Audi are supposed to be quality cars. I have been reading some previous discussions and these prices seem well over the top. Do brakes need to be done by Audi. Could my local garage do the work? I read a comment, I think by Spike, that there was coding to be done for the electronic brake. I was also offered new wiper blades at £66.20 but I passed on that too. advice would be gratefully received.
 

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I'll leave more technical comments to those more knowledgeable than me but without hesitation I suggest finding a local independent VAG specialist. You don't need to pay main dealer prices for a job like that - or indeed any job now you're well out of warranty. You'll get just as good a job done if not better but at far less cost than with a main dealer.
 

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I've had brakes flagged up before on the "free health check" and then not flagged up on the next visit so I do wonder if it's just a cash generator for the dealers.
Obviously you can't take any chances with brakes so get a second opinion if you think it warrants one but don't pay those ludicrous main dealer prices.
As for the rear pad/disc removal and refit, you need something like vcds to wind the handbrake off and back on again. Other than that it's straightforward
 
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One reason why rear brake wear is more than front brake wear is if you use the cruise control extensively as to reduce the selected speed when going downhill only the rear brakes are applied. Also, gentle braking can cause this as the rear is applied fractionally before the front to maintain vehicle control. On many cars the rear pads when new are thinner than the front ones as in normal use the fronts are used more mainly to do with the weight distribution. As said previously I would find a good indie and get a second opinion as these are as important as the tyres. And yes, the brakes can be properly maintained by a good indie.
 
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Something to be aware of - The inner surface of the discs (especially the rears) can be a lot more rusted / pitted than the more visible outer surface and they are not easy to check.
I always fit ATE Powerdiscs as the fancy shaped grooved surface seems to corrode less than plain discs - possibly because the moisture and road grit has somewhere to go

A front Bosch OEM wiper blade set is about £22 on ebay - FOR AUDI A4 A5 A7 Q3 Q5 NEW Genuine BOSCH A298S Aerotwin Front Wiper Blades Set | eBay

Cheers Spike
 

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I like some others have no technical knowledge to share, only long experience of VAG products. It has been a omnipresent problem with all my cars, Skoda, VW & Audi that discs are a problem area. I suspect all discs come from the same source, which I would say is of insufficient quality. I am no longer troubles by this issue, I expect it !

Mike
 
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Thanks for your replies. I have found a VAG independent in Stirling so will get in touch. Front wiper blades arrived yesterday from Amazon , rear one due today for a total cost of £26.65 so my labour is £39.55! and I am not cheap. Unfortunately just found a crack on the windscreen. Never rains.....
 

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BMW used to do it with monotonous regularity, along with wiper blades and screenwash.
I ignored the discs one but always made sure the wipers were fine and the screenwash was full before dropping it off.
It was a pain but we didn’t have any BMW indies anywhere near us at the time.
The power steering had an issue and they wanted me to pay for two different parts as it could have been either fitted at the factory! I didn’t but they gave me the other one to hide their shame. They were only about £35 but :oops: :mad:
 

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28K over 5 years could mean that car doesn't move much. Maybe the discs are rotting because it sits around a lot? I've eked nearly 50K out of my front discs and I have an RS that apparently needs them replaced at around 30K miles. 😁
 

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28K over 5 years could mean that car doesn't move much. Maybe the discs are rotting because it sits around a lot? I've eked nearly 50K out of my front discs and I have an RS that apparently needs them replaced at around 30K miles. 😁
Before I had a Q3, I changed my pads and discs myself for a Brembo grooved set. The difference was very obvious with smoother gentler braking. The electronic brake on the rears is not a problem. I bought a gadget to plug into the diagnostic socket which turns the brakes off and you can easily remove the calliper and discs. The cost for Brembo discs and pads came to just under £200. The gizmo was about £30. I’m an old man and work slowly but the job was easily done in four hours, including cups of tea and occasional expletives.
 
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