First read and observe the introductory information and safety warningsвЂ‰
New brake pads cannot generate the full braking effect during the first 200 to 300 km and must first be run in вЂ‰. The slightly reduced brake pressure can however be compensated for by increasing pressure on the brake pedal. During the run-in period, the braking distance is longer when the brakes are depressed fully or during emergency braking than with used brakes. In the run-in period, the brakes should not be depressed fully and situations should be avoided that create a heavy load on the brakes. For example, when driving up close to the vehicle ahead.
The rate of wear of the brake pads depends to a great extent on the conditions under which the vehicle is operated and the way the vehicle is driven. With regular town and short journeys as well as a sporty driving style, the brake pads must be checked by a qualified workshop more regularly than is stated in the service schedule.
If you drive with wet brakes, for example after driving through water, after heavy rainfall or after washing the vehicle, the braking effect may be reduced as the brake discs will be wet, or possibly frozen (in winter). The brakes must be dried as quickly as possible by careful braking at higher speed. Please ensure that no following vehicle and no other road user is put at risk as a result of this action вЂ‰.
A layer of salt that accumulates on the discs and pads will reduce the braking effect and increase the braking distance. If the vehicle has not been braked for a long time on roads which have been gritted with salt, the layer of salt must be reduced through careful braking вЂ‰.
Corrosion on the brake discs and dirt in the brake pads are facilitated through long periods of inactivity, low mileage and low load levels. With inactivity or low use levels for the brake pads as well as corrosion, Volkswagen recommends that the brake discs and brake pads be cleaned by braking strongly several times from high speed. Please ensure that no following vehicle and no other road user is put at risk as a result of this action вЂ‰.
Fault in the brake system
A brake circuit may have failed if you have to reduce speed and the vehicle does not brake as normal (sudden increase in braking distance). This will be indicated by the warning lamp and a text message as required. Go to a qualified workshop immediately and have the fault corrected. Drive at low speed when doing this and anticipate longer braking distances and an increase in the required pressure for the pedal.
The brake servo will only function when the engine is running and reinforces the pressure applied by the driver on the brake pedal.
If the brake servo does not function or the vehicle is being towed, the brake pedal will have to be depressed more forcefully as the braking distance will be increased due to the lack of assistance for the brake system вЂ‰.
WARNINGNew brake pads will not have the optimal braking effect when first fitted.
WARNINGOverheated brakes reduce the braking effect and considerably increase the braking distance.
WARNINGWet brakes or brakes coated with ice or road salt react slower and need longer braking distances.
WARNINGDriving without the brake servo can considerably increase the braking distance and thus cause accidents and serious injuries.
If the front brake pads are tested, the rear brake pads should be tested at the same time. A visual check of the thickness of all brake pads should be carried out regularly by checking the brake pads through the openings in the rim or from the underside of the vehicle. If necessary, remove the wheels to carry out a comprehensive check. Volkswagen recommends using a Volkswagen dealership for this purpose.
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