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Re: [T3] Brake confusion

On 8 Dec 2002 at 13:20, Andy Vaughan wrote:

> Long story short: I think I've gotten more lame information from my local VW
> shop.
> "Caliper rebuild kits are not worth the time, because they almost never
> work. You should just buy new calipers."

Well, he's both right and wrong. He's right that just taking apart the old 
caliper and simply putting in the new parts will seldom cure your problems. 
He's wrong that old calipers can't be rebuilt with good results. There is also 
the problem that the new calipers are not of the same quality as the OE ones, 
so the OE ones are DEFINITELY worth saving.

The difference is that experience and skill is required to do this. You CAN do 
it yourself if you are motivated and willing to perhaps do it over again if you 
make mistakes, but for most people I recommend that you pay me to do it. I made 
all those mistakes 30 years ago and learned from them then.

I charge a lot less than $150 for a pair.

> My horsefeather sensors have been jangling ever since I left his store. I
> get the feeling that he'd sell me a "can of honks" to fix my horn if I
> were gullible enough.

Sounds like you've got good instincts.   ;-)
Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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