Reviewed MK7 Golf GTI Brake pads

Not all Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI designs come furnished with a brake pad wear sensor, with 2015 models in particular not coming outfitted with the sensor choice. The pad wear sensor is commonly set up on the left front inner brake pad if provided with the choice.

The base GTI stopping system uses 312mm ventilated front discs as well as 272mm solid (non-vented) back discs, with single-piston sliding calipers in any way 4 edges. These components are a straight carry over from the Mk6 GTI, as well as both brake pads and discs are interchangeable between the late Mk6 GTI and base Mk7 GTI braking systems.

There are two different stopping systems available on the Mk7 GTI, regardless of what the trim level. There is the “base” system, standard on the majority of S and also SE models, as well as the ‘Performance Pack,’ which was readily available as an add-on alternative or criterion, depending upon the specific year as well as model GTI. Both systems utilize regular steel discs with electronic ABS and stability administration as well as traction control as criterion.

The Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI’s stopping system is based around a development of over revolution concept, guaranteeing dependable as well as cost-efficient performance for the flashy hatchback. By using many parts from the outward bound PQ35 Mk5/6 chassis, together with some new MQB-specific components, the Mk7 GTI provides exceptional stopping performance with really little needed upkeep. As a result of the modular design, there are numerous upgrades as well as aftermarket stopping choices also, consisting of some ‘big brake’ choices from the greater end Audi RS as well as Porsche versions.

Mk7 VW GTI Stock Brake Specifications
01_VW Mk7 GTI front brakes

GOLF Mk7 GTI rear brakes


The Performance Load stopping system makes use of the majority of the Golf R brake parts, including 340mm aerated front discs as well as 310mm ventilated rear discs. Nevertheless, there are some distinctions as the Mk7 GTI with Performance Load makes use of a hand-operated emergency brake, and also the Golf R makes use of a digital parking brake. Due to this, the rear brake pads are not compatible in between the R and GTI Performance Load despite the fact that the discs can be made use of on either application.

GOLF Mk7 GTI Performance pack front brakes


When it comes to brake wear, there are a couple of typical things to look for on the Mk7 GTI. Presuming the brakes are still offering strong stopping power and also do not have any obvious indications of performance loss, the first thing to consider are the pads themselves. With any one of the factory GTI wheels, it needs to be quite very easy to obtain an eye on the outside brake pads on all 4 edges of the vehicle. The minimal density on the pad material itself, not including the backing plate, must go to least 2mm.

Mk7 Golf GTI Brake Solution & Repair Work
Worn brake pads and also backing plates

The Performance Load versions are simple to detect by the “GTI” logo fixed up on the front brake calliper anti-rattle clip. Inspecting the rear discs for a vented disc is another clear free gift. Comparable to the base brake system, the discs on the Performance Pack stopping system are pulled from older versions and are the same as those utilized on the Mk5 R32, Mk6 Golf R, TTS, and also Passat 3.6 4MOTION.

All Mk7 GTI designs make use of basic DOT 4 brake fluids shown the clutch hydraulic system on hand-operated transmission-equipped instances. Brake fluid capability is approximately 1.2 L (1.3 qt) and also ought to be transformed three years after distribution and also every two years after that factor.

Brake life on the Mk7 GTI varies greatly depending on the motorist as well as conditions the car sees regularly. The even more stop and go and also city driving, the more quickly the brakes will certainly wear. Brakes need to be examined every 10,000 miles, with a very first replacement likely in the 20-40,000 mile range for lots of users. A GTI that sees a great deal of time on the highway may quickly see over 60,000-70,000 miles, however like any other wear item, it depends mainly on the motorist.

There are two possible back brake pad alternatives for the Mk7 GTI versions depending on whether it has the Performance Pack or typical base brake bundle. The common 272mm strong rear disc brake pads have little integrated anti-rattle springs on the tabs of each brake pad. The 310mm aired vent Performance Pack rear brake pads have a similar-looking pad shape as well as tabs, yet you’ll notice they have a separate anti-rattle clip placed right into the calliper carrier prior to the pads are mounted, and there is no integrated springtime. The Mk7 GTI Performance Pack as well as the Golf R share identical front brake pads, front 340mm discs, as well as rear 310mm discs, they do not share the same back brake pad. The rubbing surface area is about the very same, yet the Golf R utilizes the electronic rear hand brake, and also the pads have noticeably larger overview tabs with hooks.

Mk7 VW GTI Rear Brake Distinctions: Performance Pack VS. Golf R

Keep in mind that internal brake pads will certainly almost always use faster than those easily visible on the outside as a result of seeing even more warm as a result of less airflow. Because of this, changing the brake pad set when the exterior pads are used to roughly 5mm will assist to guarantee that you do not wear down to the support plate on the inside pads. One more general rule is to change your brake pads when the staying pad product is slightly less thick than the support plate itself.

All manufacturing facility GTI brakes utilize a single-piston calliper on slider pins, with 2 brake pads per disc. The brake pads are held by the calliper service provider and specify to the calliper and also size of the disc being made use of.

Golf MK7 Worn brake discs with grooving & scoring


Squealing from your Mk7 GTI’s brakes, although aggravating, is not necessarily an indicator that they require to be replaced. Squeaking or squealing brakes on your GTI arises from the brake pad vibrating at an audible frequency. This could be as a result of uneven wear, incorrect burglary, or external dirt, dirt, and particles developing problems. As long as the pads have plenty of material, the discs are not obviously put on or harmed, and also the car is still stopping as it should, squealing brakes might be annoying, but they are not a need for replacement. It’s additionally worth noting that more hostile greater performance brake pads are more probable to be loud.

There are a few alternatives to quit your GTI’s brakes from squealing. The first is to attempt to re-bed the brake pads. Bed linen is a procedure of barging in the pad and discs surface areas to every other, normally by gradually bringing the brakes as much as an even temperature with a number of slow-moving and also gradual stops, complied with by several tough stops. This must aid in distributing an also layer of pad material onto the disc surface. There are numerous techniques for bed linen in brake pads, so consult your brake pad manufacturer for their suggestions for the best outcomes.

Brake discs are harder to judge when it concerns wear, but there are a few very easy indications to aid you know when they have actually reached the end of their useful life span. Initially, if there is a considerable lip on the external side of the disc, it is a sign that the disc ought to be replaced. Wear restrictions differ depending on the initial disc thickness, but 3mm of total disc wear is a generally appropriate variety. Hefty grooving on the surface of the disc can suggest irregular pad wear yet doesn’t always mean the brakes need replacement.

New brake pads need to always be fitted to either new or resurfaced brake discs. Since the wear restrictions of the discs are so close to as-delivered thickness, for instance, 25mm new/ 22mm endured the 312mm GTI front discs, replacing the discs with new every single time you change the pads is generally excellent technique.

LIQUI MOLY Brake paste


A typical issue with any type of disc-brake equipped vehicle like the Mk7 GTI is’ warped blades,’ which leads to irregular stopping and a physical pulsing feeling you can really feel in the vehicle and also sometimes in the brake pedal. Deformed discs or rotors are usually the outcome of uneven brake pad deposits on the disc surface, which can be triggered by any kind of variety of things. Initially, poor quality, low-carbon discs will certainly warm as well as cool unevenly as they’re made use of, triggering ‘hot spots’ on the disc surface area. The brake pad product will stick to the locations, triggering a high spot on the surface which feeling of a deformed blades.

Ultimately, eliminating the current brake pads and cleansing and re-lubing the carriers and sliders can aid to liberate the pads and also prevent any kind of sticking or vibration, as well as for that reason sound.

VW golf Mk7 GTI pad down payments on brake disc


Next up is brake fluid. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it soaks up wetness from the ambience. Old brake fluid has a reduced boiling point as well as more compressibility than fresh fluid. As the fluid ages, as well as particularly if you make use of the brakes a lot and obtain the fluid hot, the pedal might obtain squishy and also soft. Flushing the brake fluid out every 2 years, or much less if you are extremely tough on the brakes in your car, will certainly aid to guarantee the lengthiest life from the hydraulic components and the best performance.

Mk7 VW GTI OE Brake Alternatives
While Genuine Volkswagen brake parts are of high quality, they additionally have a tendency to be more pricey than lots of top quality OE choices. Nobody component is basically essential when it comes to top quality as well as performance. The three significant items of brake pads, brake discs, as well as brake fluid all play their part one method or the other. Luckily there are numerous excellent brand names offered for replacement brake parts for the Mk7 GTI.

In addition to making use of costs brake pads and brake discs on your GTI, if you’ve been using the brakes a lot and they’re hot, don’t immediately sit and also stop with your foot on the brakes if you can help it. This moment spent stationery with warm brakes is the most convenient way to create irregular pad product transfer.

Although it is very unusual, leaks in the braking system can happen. On a Mk7 GTI, this is almost certainly going to be because of physical damages or some sort of servicing mistake, however in the event that it does occur, the Mk7 GTI does have a reduced brake fluid warning light and indication. Excessively used pads can likewise trigger this light to come on, however if you are experiencing a ‘soft’ brake pedal that goes to the floor or a pedal you require to pump to keep pressure, you must quickly stop the car and also inspect for problems.

Textar ZImmerman Mk7 GTI Brake set


There are a number of exceptional brake disc suppliers to choose from for your GTI no matter whether it is outfitted with the base design brakes or Performance Load alternative. Of the many brands offered, Zimmerman, ATE, Pagid, and Meyle use a few of the best replacement discs on the market. We also use off the rack Zimmerman brake discs on the rear of our GTI TCR race vehicles. You can bet that if it suffices to withstand the usage and misuse that we put them through on the track, they’re a wonderful selection for changing your factory GTI discs.

Brake pads are one area where things can be especially frustrating when it comes to selecting replacement components. There are a lot of brands and also compounds; it’s simple to get overwhelmed with options. Primarily, you intend to choose if you desire a low-dust pad option or not and narrow your choice from there. If the dust from the factory brake pads does not bother you, there are superb semi-metallic OE-style alternatives from Pagid, Textar, TRW, and also ATE.

Golf MK7 EBC Redstuff for VW GTI performance pack


For lower dirt without compromising on performance, a ceramic brake pad might be the better selection. Ceramic pads have a tendency to be very quality-dependent when it pertains to attaining suitable braking performance, as some low-grade variations might endanger stopping power to attain reduced dirt. We have actually discovered that TRW, ATE, and EBC supply ceramic low-dust formulas, which can still quit your GTI like a GTI.

pentosin DOT4 extremely brake fluid vw golf mk7 gti


Performance brake discs normally don’t contribute to substantially better braking by themselves. Cross-drilled or slotted sport discs, while absolutely looking the part, offer a few potential advantages in addition to even more hostile appearances. We’ll check out slotted discs first and afterwards review drilled choices.

Mk7 VW GTI Brake Upgrades
If you’re a driving lover and delight in putting your Mk7 GTI to work with backroads or on the occasional weekend autocross or track day, there are many performance alternatives available, from moderate to wild.

When it comes to picking DOT 4 brake fluid, there are several high quality options. Pentosin Super uses excellent high quality for the cash, while ATE Kind 200 offers a higher steaming temperature and is, for that reason, much better fit to sportier driving. Both satisfy all needs for the Mk7 GTI and also deal lengthy life and consistent performance.

Golf Mk7 GTI Stoptech slotted disc


Primarily, the slots offer a stronger first bite on brake application. This physically uses the pads quicker yet permits even more certain braking regardless of the brake temperature or pad kind. It likewise offers a way to swiftly and properly leave water from the disc surface area in instances of heavy rain. Lastly, slots can help to keep the pad surface areas fresh as well as using in an also fashion.

High quality slotted brake discs are available for the Mk7 GTI from Stoptech and EBC Brakes. The Stoptech discs are directional.

zimmerman EBC for the Mk7 golf GTI brake set


Mk7 VW GTI Track Ready Braking Components
Ferodo DS2500_Mk7 GTI PP Golf R front brake pads

Both slotted and drilled discs can cause more mechanical noise from the brakes on application. This is generally more of a ‘whirring’ noise and is just an outcome of the pad product being pushed over the holes or slots as the disc rotates.

If you want to dramatically boost the performance of your Mk7 GTI’s brakes, updating to a far better pad is by far the very best money spent. The brake pad substance does much more in determining the optimal operating temperature level as well as total temperature array capacity of the brake system as well as is the primary distinction in between “race” brakes as well as street car brakes. It deserves noting that extremely couple of performance brake pads are reduced dust, however the compromise is greater than worth it if you’re looking for the very best.

Dedicated auto racing pads from Hawk, such as the DTC collection, store, or pagid auto racing brake pad brand names Race Technologies, G-Lock, or Carbotech, can offer higher general performance however at a cost. The pads are more pricey, fitment can be restricted, they are very messy as well as loud, and they will wear brake blades excessively when made use of on the street, below their operating variety. Because of this, we do not suggest these for mixed-use automobiles or for use on the street.

In addition, in severe usage, the holes can present cracking of the disc surface area. Some light splitting of the surface area can be anticipated with competing brake pads with any kind of disc type, but the chance of a split that can trigger a major failing is greater with drilled discs, typically talking. As a rule, if you make use of cross-drilled brake discs on track, be sure to evaluate them frequently for indicators of splitting. It ought to be altered promptly if you see a crack as well as either joins two openings or runs from a hole to the edge of the disc.

When it comes to performance brakes, drilled blades are what lots of believe of first. Drilled brake disc rotors come as conventional on many performance vehicles, and also when done appropriately by a manufacturer, they can provide some performance benefits. First, like a slotted disc, they supply a light boost in bite contrasted to an ordinary disc. They also help with water evacuation, yet unlike a slotted disc, they might cause less-even wear of the pads themselves.

For street performance as well as a periodic autocross, there are several good pads around for the Mk7 GTI that are cost-efficient and also work well for informal performance use. Hawk HPS, Stoptech Sport, and also EBC Eco-friendly pads are both reduced dust, road performance pads, which are long-wearing and also use an affordable renovation over manufacturing facility pads. EBC Yellow are higher dirt however offer substantially a lot more braking power for road and autocross use.

Mk7 VW Golf GTI Brake Fluid
A proper performance brake fluid is a cost-effective means to increase the overall temperature level capability and also performance of your Mk7 GTI’s brakes. Even if you do not track your GTI, a greater temp brake fluid can make a difference when it pertains to driving performance. If you intend on street usage only, ate Kind 200 is a DOT-legal solution of their old Super Blue Racing fluid as well as is an excellent bang for the buck.

EBC Yellow can be used as a good entry-level track-day pad but are really conscious being pressed past their maximum temperature level array. They will certainly wear extremely swiftly when this occurs, so if you get on your method to being a full-on track rat, stepping into a much more capable pad is very advised.

Mk7 VW Golf GTI Brake Pads
There are really few pads that can be securely utilized on the street while additionally being capable of strong performance on course. The Ferodo DS2500 is most likely the best dual-purpose brake pad offered for the Mk7 GTI. They have good braking power when cold, they are not excessively dirty or noisy, and also can hold up to repeated hefty track use when coupled with an appropriate racing brake fluid. We utilize these on our own job Mk7 GTI and have been surprised by the performance and the long life of these pads.

Top quality cross-drilled brake discs for the Mk7 GTI are offered from Stoptech and Zimmerman.

Castrol SRF brake fluid for Mk7 golf GTI


The factory Performance Pack brakes on the Mk7 golf GTI are extremely tough to defeat, so if your GTI is outfitted with these, updating fluids, discs, and also pads is more than enough for many owners. Updating to a collection of Performance Load brakes is a good OEM+ choice if your GTI is furnished with the base 312mm/272mm brakes. They are quiet, service-free, and also with the brake pads and also fluid are more than capable of even hefty on-track use.

Much more modern formulations provide a large increase in temperature level capability as well as performance. LIQUI MOLY has an outstanding racing brake fluid offered in little 250ml containers, which conserves you from throwing out extra however brand-new fluid. Motul RBF600 and RBF660 are the industry requirement for most HDPE and club racing vehicle drivers and use the highest possible performance for the cost. Castrol SRF is the very best of the best, literally the very same brake fluid they use in professional auto racing collection around the world, yet it is fairly pricey.

Mk7 golf VW GTI Big Brake Kits
Volkswagen golf mk7 GTI TCR APR Racing BBK front brakes

Volkswagen Mk7 Golf GTI Brake Lines
Stoptech brake line kit for Mk7 golf GTI

The pads supplied with 99% of the ‘huge brake’ kits on the marketplace are more in the series of a road performance pad, so simply upgrading to one of these kits is not enough to obtain the most effective performance. As stated above, much better brake pads are the secret to the very best stopping performance for your Mk7 GTI. Stoptech and Brembo make a few of the best full aftermarket BBK packages, with a substantial series of brake pads and solution parts available. There are lots of shop brands also, yet it deserves looking at the availability of spare brake pads, calliper restore sets, and substitute brake discs prior to making your choice.

The last piece of the challenge for updating the brakes of their Mk7 GTI is exchanging the factory simple rubber brake lines for a collection of braided stainless-steel brake lines. The manufacturing facility brake lines are stout and also do a great task yet will expand somewhat under hefty usage. The truth is this is rather minimal, yet it does include in the spongy feeling of factory brakes, and the strengthened knotted stainless-steel lines use a more powerful as well as much more solid pedal feel. Top quality lines, such as those from Stoptech, are DOT authorized and secure for both on and also off-track usage.

A ‘big brake’ kit is an additional popular modification on the Mk7 GTI and also normally indicates that the kit is put together with an aftermarket multi-piston calliper instead of merely being larger than the factory. A multi-piston calliper can use improved air conditioning and even more even pad stress over the manufacturing facility GTI brakes, and obviously, they look terrific behind a nice set of wheels. Some sets also provide less complicated brake pad changes, making the swap from street to track pads a much easier procedure. Some contemporary BBK sets have actually most likely to monoblock callipers trying to find the stiffest style, which makes swapping a pad more or less the very same process as the manufacturing facility brakes.

Volkswagen golf MK7 GTI Clubsport TT RS Dual cast brake disc’s


The European-only GTI Clubsport includes technique light-weight cross-drilled dual-cast 340mm discs, which resemble those used on the TT RS as well as 991 Porsche GT3 designs. By utilizing light weight aluminium for the bell as well as spokes, and the heavier as well as more long lasting cast iron for the friction surface, a dual-cast disc eliminates unsprung weight and supplies the performance advantage of a floating disc without the expense. These can be used on any type of Performance Pack GTI or Golf R with the factory 340mm front brakes as well as evaluate up to 20% less than a comparable dimension standard cast disc.

Audi TT RS brakes Mk5 Mk6 Mk7 GTI


The present most popular alternative, which is a great deal much more affordable as well as less complicated to fit behind smaller wheels, is to make use of the 4-piston Brembo callipers from the Porsche Macan or Audi TTS and also match them to the 345mm R32 front brake discs. Both the 8J TT RS and also Macan/ TTS packages make use of the prominent “1001” pad plate utilized by numerous other performance versions such as the Subaru STI, Lancer EVO, and several GM items, including the Corvette. It deserves keeping in mind that these kits play well with the brake master cylinder tube dimension on the Mk7 GTI, and pedal feel, take a trip, and effort remain in the correct array.

Watch out for the popular DIY large brake sets, such as those using Brembo 17z and also 18z 6-piston callipers from the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, and also VW Touareg. While these are literally able to be bolted onto the pins of the Mk7, they have a larger piston surface as well as will cause dissimilar predisposition, a longer pedal, and much less actual braking performance. They look amazing, however they’re not the best carrying out option for the GTI.

Thanks to the modular layout took into use on the Volkswagen and also Audi lines in the mid-2000s, there are some higher-performance alternatives able to be obtained from various other designs for the Mk7 GTI and also Golf R. The first package is the Brembo 4-piston 370mm stopping system from the 8J TT RS, which although preferred is tougher to source these days thanks to the age and family member rarity of the TT RS design.

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