Audi Brake Rotors
Audi are high performance luxury vehicle and can really do high speeds. Imagine you are doing 100 mph on your Audi on a highway and suddenly an erratic driver driving ahead of you decides to stop in the left lane. What can save you in such a situation? It's your Audi brakes.
Your Audi comes with a whole lot of safety accessories like the seatbelts, airbags, power locks, power seats and durable disc braking system with ABS (anti-lock braking system). The car braking system allows us to slow or stop your vehicle and is very crucial for your safety while driving.
A disc braking system is typically constituent of four main parts like the brake pads, brake caliper, caliper support and brake rotors. Each performs its own function and eventually their complementing operation provides your Audi with the high performance and durable braking system. The brake rotors are made of cast iron or ceramic and are mounted to the wheels. To stop or slow the wheels pressure from brake pads is applied against both sides on the rotors. The friction applied from brake pads causes the attached wheels to slow or stop. You see the brake rotors apply the final pressure for stopping and slowing of your Audi wheels and hence are really important to the whole braking system.
Brake rotors bear a lot of friction and hence are prone to damage and wear with time. The brake rotor should always work properly and have at least the minimum thickness, to ensure proper braking for your Audi. Proper cleaning and maintenance can prolong the life of your Audi Brake rotors; however there would be a time when your Audi Brake rotors demand replacement.
If you experience even the slightest wobbling in your Audi while applying the brakes, you probably have worn-out rotors, check immediately. In case rotors show any signs of cracking or pitting, they may require replacement. Here are the instructions on how to replace the brake rotors of your Audi. These are just general instructions and steps may vary as per the model, variant of your Audi and also with the type of brake rotor, it is advisable to refer to service manual before you proceed to replace the brake rotors.
- Park your Audi and apply the parking brakes. To replace the front rotors first, put wheel chocks behind the rear wheels or you may do it vice-versa.
- With the floor jack lift the car till it attains enough height to slide jack stands. Put two jack stands underneath the car on end opposite to the one you are working.
- With the tire iron to do away the wheel lug nuts, pull out the complete tire and wheel assembly.
- Determine how exactly the caliper and brake pad assembly (clamped to the rotor) is held together. Most Audis have a thin wire clip surrounding the caliper assembly. You will also find one or two bolts holding the caliper to its place, and a different set of bolts holding caliper mount against rotor. Refer to the diagram of this assembly on your Audi service manual.
- Detach the wire clip, if required, through a set of pliers.
- Support the caliper and with help of a screwdriver or hex socket wrench as per your caliper bolt style, remove the bolt or bolts holding outside of the caliper against the caliper mount. The caliper will come out. Do not allow caliper to dangle it will harm the caliper.
- Remove the two brake pads which are now exposed from the brake caliper mount.
- With a hex socket wrench or screwdriver undo the bolts fastening the brake caliper mount with the rotor, pull out the mount.
- Swap the old rotor with the new rotor from the wheel spindle.
- Put the caliper mount back and fasten it with the bolts.
- Position the brake pads back into the caliper mount.
- Remove any twist ties from the brake caliper and position it above the caliper mount. Place the bolts and tighten them.
- Put the tire and wheels back and fasten them to the wheel swindle.
- Do the steps three to thirteen with the other wheel on the same end of the car.
- With help of floor jack remove the jack stands.
- Repeat the above mentioned process on the opposite end of your car.
- And you've a new set of rotors for your car.