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New to the site, but recently gained enough useful information to replace my rear brake pads on my 2006 Jetta TDI with 65,000 miles. Very easy. I found out you don't need the speciality caliper piston turn back tool VW recommends (resetting and retracting tool #T10165), but you can use the universal tool (looks like a cube 1-inch wide) sold at auto parts stores for $10, however, you have to grind off two edges on one side to make it fit the caliper piston grooves. Then you use a 3/8 rachet to turn the piston in. One side was a breeze. The other side I had to have a helper hold the caliper while I pushed and turned the rachet it was a little tougher.

I went with Akebono pads part # AKEUR1348 $61.49 and a brake hardware kit part #CE117.33018$21.21, both from Auto Parts Warehouse. The brake hardware kit contained new pad clips (VW calls them anti-rattle springs,they don't look like springs) and guide pin rubber boots. Everything fit perfectly.

I can't wait to tackle my next maintenance project!
 

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Correct, the universal cube tool works but the screw tool works so much better. I just run down to Advance auto or Autozone and rent it for free because it works better than the cube.

How are the pad noise? I also need to do the rear brakes soon.
 

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Correct, the universal cube tool works but the screw tool works so much better. I just run down to Advance auto or Autozone and rent it for free because it works better than the cube.

How are the pad noise? I also need to do the rear brakes soon.
Me to, I'm also at 65K and my left rear inner pad is worn. Time to do them before it gets too cold out.
 

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Zero noise on these new pads. With the old pads, previously first thing in the morning and when I would leave work at night there was a brief squeal when I first put on the brakes. No squeal now.
 
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