A part that plays one of the biggest roles in your car's braking system would be your brake pads. Through the use of friction, kinetic energy gets converted to thermal energy. Your VW is brought to a complete stop through the process and the parts of the braking system all working together. Friction gets generated by your brake pads when they rub against your rotors, which means the linings can become thin over time. One thing you can check is the thickness of your brake pads. If they are worn down to less than 1/4 of an inch, this should be a sign to get them replaced. They also might start to generate loud squealing sounds. This is because brake pads have wear indicators built into them to let you know when they should be replaced. When they become too thin, they will produce these loud noises. If it's taking a longer time than normal to come to a stop on the road, this also might be a sign that something is wrong within your brake system. When you press down on the brake pedal, it should not feel squishy or spongy. Make sure you invest in OEM VW brake pads when making replacements. You can find OEM brake pads here at VW Parts Online.
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