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I was wondering how to change the brake pads and rotors in my 2000 VW Jetta?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Megan, If you pay a visit to your local auto parts store you can pick up a repair manual for your vehicle that will explain the procedure step by step. AJ Pierce

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Megan, I would not recommend that you do this job because it is a safety issue. Not only do you need to be able to lift the vehicle safely, you need the right tools, you need to understand how the brakes work so if there is a problem you can see it and repair it. You also need to know torque measurements and have a torque wrench to tighten things back up. You have to be careful to not get air in the lines and you may have to bleed the brakes. If you haven't done this before it can all be quite daunting. I*m all for people doing their own work, but brakes are something I*m very cautious about. Lori Johnson

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Megan, Changing brakes is not a very complicated job, but it is a huge safety issue. If you*ve never done this before, make sure you have someone with experience to help you the first time. You will need to remove the caliper and the bracket and then the rotor should come off. You*re going to need to push the piston back into the caliper and make sure you do not twist the brake hose when you put it back on. Good luck. Suzanne

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