Tools for changing MK7 golf brakes

Special Tools Needed For Mk7 VW GTI Brake Replacement
Replacing the brakes on your Mk7 GTI is one of the easiest jobs to DIY in the comfort of your own driveway, garage, or even in the street in front of your apartment. Spending a few hours doing this job yourself with one of our Zimmerman/Textar brake kits could easily save you as much as £350 compared to a normal Volkswagen dealership service. That said, there are a few tools you’ll need in order to complete the job safely.

Floor jack
Jack stands
Calliper compressor tool or large adjustable pliers (front)
Rotating calliper tool (Mk7 GTI rear)
Electronic service tool (Mk7 Golf R rear electronic parking brake)
¼” drive, ⅜” drive, ½” drive ratchets
½” Breaker bar or long ratchet
½” Torque wrench
13mm socket or T45 Torx (front and rear brake calliper bolts)
14mm triple square socket (rear brake caliper carriers)
17mm thin-wall protected deep socket (wheel lugs)
21mm socket (front brake calliper carrier bolts)
T30 Torx socket (brake disc set screw)
Needle nose pliers or thin 15mm open-end wrench (front and rear calliper sliders)
Brake assembly lube/paste
Thread locker (blue)

 

 

Mk7 VW GTI Brake Torque Specs
Front
Rotor set screw: 3 ft-lb (4 N m)
Brake caliper carrier to spindle – 148 ft-lb (200 N m) (Clean if reusing)
Brake caliper to carrier sliders – 26 ft-lb (35 N m) (replace)
Rear:
Rotor set screw: 3 ft-lb (4 N m)
Brake caliper carrier to spindle – 66 ft-lb (90 N m) + 90 (replace)
Brake caliper to carrier sliders – 26 ft-lb (35 N m) (replace)
The Mk7 GTI is equipped with an excellent braking system from the factory. Whether you are looking to maintain your GTI’s standard brakes, source a lower dust option, or move to something that offers higher performance braking for the street or for the track, there are many great options available. Plus, with the right tools, it is an easy job to complete at home and save money.