2006 Volkswagen Jetta Replace Rear Rotors

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The rear rotors on the 2006 Volkswagen Jetta are responsible for working with the rear brake pads to effectively stop the vehicle during braking. The front brakes bear a greater proportion of the braking duties while the rear brakes are responsible for stabilizing the vehicle and assisting in the braking effort. Rear brake rotors can become scored by worn brake pads, leaving their surfaces rough and corrosive to the material on the new brake pads. Replace damaged rotors to ensure consistent braking and to save the expense of replacing rear brake pads too often.

Tools Used[edit]

Lug wrench
Jack stands
12 mm socket
15 mm socket
Bungee cord or wire hanger
New rotors
Brake cleaner
Shop rag
Wire brush
Brake grease
Brake pads

Replace Rear Rotors[edit]

  • Loosen the lug nuts on the rear wheels with a lug wrench. Place a jack under the frame at the back of the Jetta and lift the back tires off the ground. Place jack stands under the rear axles and lower the vehicle onto the stands.
  • Remove the lug nuts and take the back wheels off. Remove the caliper slide bolts on the backside of the calipers with a 12 mm socket and ratchet. Lift the calipers from the brake assembly and suspend them above the brakes with a bungee cord or wire hanger.
  • Take off the two brake pads from the caliper brackets on each wheel hub. Remove the caliper bracket bolts with a 14 mm socket and ratchet. Remove the brackets and set them aside. Grab the disc rotors and pull them straight off of the wheel hubs.
  • Clean the wheel hubs with brake parts cleaner and a wire brush to remove rust and any brake fluid that may have built up behind the rotors.
  • Remove the new rotors from their packaging and clean them with brake parts cleaner and a shop rag to remove the preserving oils from the discs. Place the new rotors onto the wheel bolts and slide them all the way against the wheel hubs.
  • Place the caliper brackets onto the rotors and screw on their bolts with the 14 mm socket and ratchet. Apply a thin layer of brake grease to the backsides of the new brake pads and place them into the caliper bracket slots on either side of the new brake rotors.
  • Place a C-clamp over the caliper and the caliper piston that protrudes from inside of the caliper. Squeeze the piston into the side of the caliper to allow for the thicker brake pads and rotor. Remove the clamp and place the caliper onto the brake pads inside the bracket slots. Screw on the caliper slide bolts and tighten them with the 12 mm socket and ratchet. Remount the rear wheels onto the wheel bolts and screw on the lug nuts by hand.
  • Lift the back of the Jetta with the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the rear tires to the ground and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench.