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as you may know i have been having problems with my brakes,so took it to a vw specialist ,back street garge,they wont touch the car,all i aske dfor was to see if its needs a new caliper or if it can be fixed,and bleed the brakes,they said it has to go to vw main garge to do this,so phone vw and its 65 pound for them just to look at the car then what ever it needs after
 

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Have some faith in your abilitiy. Nip to VW have a chat with the parts department whilst buying a new banjo bolt and couple of sealing washers. have a quick look at the drawing to se the order they are fitted.

Swap the banjo and washers to make a seal then bleed them. never let the resevoir run out and you'll be fine. Once complete spray the whole caliper with brake cleaner, let it dry and then push the brake peddle with all your might a few times check for leaks then pat yourself on the back. If you let the resevoir go dry you might have to bleed the brakes with VCDS but its rare.
 

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went to a vw and audi specialist in the sheep fold in sunderland,vw had it today and they say it needs a new brake capiler and to bleed the brakes,how much?

the other garge before said it needs a specail thing at the main dealer ship,dont know what cause it was my wife that dealed with it,just want the car back on the road
 

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went to a vw and audi specialist in the sheep fold in sunderland,vw had it today and they say it needs a new brake capiler and to bleed the brakes,how much?

the other garge before said it needs a specail thing at the main dealer ship,dont know what cause it was my wife that dealed with it,just want the car back on the road
from wife!!! the vw audi specialist said he wouldnt touch the brakes as it would need to go to a vw main dealer due to the ABS and the computer in the car needing resetting!!!!

Does a 1999 1.8t GTI have ABS??????
 

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As far as i'm aware all Mk4 golfs have ABS.

Maybe the garage didn't have the tool to bleed the brakes if it went dry like what Aham is saying, though they don't sound like the kind of people who i'd want to take my car to anyway if they can't even check your car..
 

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Jack, get yourself a new/recon Caliper, new banjo bolt and washers (buy double the amount of washers just incase). swap it DIY and bleed it.

If the peddle feels totally spongy bleed it again then if it still causes problems give me a call and I'll come and bleed them with you (for free). The only problems you have which need VCDS for are:

1) To diagnose a broken ABS sensor which you could damage if your go at it with a hammer, to be honest it's hard to damage them and if it does go faulty you know which one needs replaced.

2) To bleed the ABS pump if you let the fluid level fall low enough to trap air in it (also very rare since the total amount of fluid leaking will be less than a couple of 100ml.
 
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