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Thread: How can I find out the manufacturer of brake discs for a VW golf?

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    Thanks guys, but unfortunately the Data Sticker is not under the boot carpet by the wheel, I've looked online and it appears that the Data Sticker is most likely located underneath the plastic trim in my boot. That means I am riskng breaking my trim if I pull it out in the wrong way. I am cursed when it comes to any sort of manual job where something can break - I ALWAYS end up breaking it - so I'm a bit worried about removing the trim tbh. I really can't stress how these things never work out for me.

    I'm not gonna be able to replace the discs/pads myself, don't have the know-how and even if I did, I'd screw the job up. I was thinking it would be cheaper to order the discs/pads online and get a local garage to fit it for me? Or would it be cheaper to get a local garage to order the parts in?
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    Let's rewind to the first sentence of your first post.
    First thing to recognise is that dealerships will tell quite a large percentage of their service customers that they need new rear discs. For some, it may even be valid..
    Rear brakes do very little of the stopping anyway, but if you don't want to wait until the next MOT actually checks them 'properly', why not drop the car into that local garage and ask whether they think the work is necessary, and to quote if they do?. You could then have a face to face discussion about parts buying, during which you'll soon get a feel for how they feel about being supplied with parts.
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    I am a garage and if people turn up with their own parts that I would normally supply, I turn them away; most garages will get ****** off if you turn up with your own parts as a percentage of their income comes from the parts. The other issue is that it is very common to get the wrong parts delivered even when you order the correct ones (especially so when using Euro Car parts who are utterly incompetent) and the other problem comes if there is a warranty issue, they will get double ****** off and you will have to pay the labour (which is totally understandable and correct) and the you will have to get reimbursement from the supplier which is a painful process at the best of times. Let the garage deal with the parts so if there is a problem, you don't have to tear around sorting it out whilst they are charging you dead time for the car being stuck on the lift. I broke my own rule this time last week and used a customer’s parts, mainly because I was bored of what I was working on and fancied a change plus the other bays were busy but also because they were genuine VW and it would be silly to order the same parts from TPS that he would then have to take back to the VW dealer he bought them from and pay a restocking fee on so I checked they were correct before starting (not many garages have this facility/ability); additionally the discount from TPS is a paltry 5% for the trade at the moment which is taking the ****! I told him it was a four hour job and he wanted to wait so I put him in the waiting room and reminded him it was a four hour job. I did the job and the bloke turned out to be a whinging interfering moaning plonker who then stated moaning that we had quoted him an hour (which when we looked in the diary was for diagnosis only) and denied I had said four until I came through and reminded him, when he changed his story again. Then two days later he phoned saying he had a noise in reverse, I had fitted a water pump! I told him I heard the noise before I stared and he got all arsey and I very nearly dropped him but instead I decided to find the noise and show him. It turned out it was the coolant tank rattling around because when it was rebuilt after he twated it, they had not put the grommet back in the inner wing- he was very quiet and sheepish after that... He is lucky I am running out of burial space out the back of my office, I will have to start stacking the bodies soon!
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    Great advice guys, thanks! This is the first time I've ever had to replace a significant car part so in my complete naivete I thought it was normal just just purchase the car parts myself online and take them into a garage! I'll get onto a local garage pronto about them purchasing and fitting everything for me.

    It was my last MOT in June when they advised me to change the rear brakes in a few months because there was a ring of corrosion on both of them (more severe on the right rear disc IIRC).
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    Brakes do corrode when not used as they are just bare cast iron but regular use keeps them clean, if left too long the rust can get into the pours of the iron and once under the surface it starts to undermine the swept area, the problem is Ferrous Oxide has a lower coefficient of friction which gets even lower as it is polished so the brakes get less effective. This one point is going to be an evil problem in the future with electric cars, already the Nissan Leaf is gaining a poor reputation for needing needing brake discs at each MOT. The reason for this is people don't use the brakes as the regenerative braking back into the battery increases range but it causes the discs to rust and fail the MOT on poor performance. What manufactures are going to do about this I don't know as there is no feasible alternative to cast iron.
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    1972 1302LS auto 1641cc conversion

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    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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