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Looking for a bit of input on the brakes on my GTE.
So when I bought the car I asked the dealership to change the brakes as there seemed to be excessive corrosion on discs.
They changed them out for a budget set which after about 200 -300 miles I noticed that the front brakes started to show the same pattern of contact/build up of corrosion as the old brakes.
Any way, I changed all the brakes out for a full set of Brembo discs and pads. Since changing them out the front discs are showing the exact same pattern as the previous ones. There’s about a 10mm rim of no contact at the bottom of the discs. I made sure I bought the correct sized pads etc. But not sure why they aren’t making full contact.
Any ideas/help appreciated.
 

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What? I'm no specialist, but these look perfect. Obviously brand new.

Did you have any problems braking? With the other sets? GTE doesn't use the mechanical brakes a lot. All other PHEV and BEV are the same. They only engage in an emergency or at low speeds.
 

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Yeah, got about 400 miles on them. They don’t seem to be getting a full sweep from the pads. I know the braking is slightly different due to the regen etc. And I know you always have a few mm of non contact on the disc.
There appears to be about 10mm of non contact at the bottom of the disc. The old brakes had exactly the same area on them.
My previous golf didn’t have this issue at all. Just worried about uneven wear etc. Braking so far feels fine.
 

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The pads will take a while to bed in properly, especially with normal everyday braking and with a new set of discs and pads. Considering that pads usually last 30,000+ miles - it will take a few thousand miles worth of driving for the pads to wear and bed into the disc; it won't happen with 400 miles worth of driving. Leave it for a couple thousand miles and I'm sure they'll be bedded in fine - disc brakes are a simple system and as long as the pads have been installed correctly with the clips, there is very very little that can actually go wrong with them!

Also, bearing in mind the GTE has regen braking, the brakes will also wear less than a normal ICE golf.

Look forward to an update in a month or two's time ;)
 

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Why would you care about the unused area on the pads? Are all four wheels the same? All disks should be similar, with fine grip, and a smooth even surface.

Let them work, and don't look at them unles you are experiencing any issues. If you have a problem with rusting, just speed up to about 40mph and brake hard SAFELY. This should clear all the rusting.
 

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They look pretty normal to me, the brake pads don’t cover the whole width of the brake disc.

I’ve replaced a lot of Golf brakes over the years, including two sets of discs on my old GTE.
 

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Hi Guys
Looking for a bit of input on the brakes on my GTE.
So when I bought the car I asked the dealership to change the brakes as there seemed to be excessive corrosion on discs.
They changed them out for a budget set which after about 200 -300 miles I noticed that the front brakes started to show the same pattern of contact/build up of corrosion as the old brakes.
Any way, I changed all the brakes out for a full set of Brembo discs and pads. Since changing them out the front discs are showing the exact same pattern as the previous ones. There’s about a 10mm rim of no contact at the bottom of the discs. I made sure I bought the correct sized pads etc. But not sure why they aren’t making full contact.
Any ideas/help appreciated.
Suspect the pads are not sitting flat on the pistons and/or caliper fists.
 

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I would agree with Todor. Regularly brake hard to remove rust. Failure to do so might end up with the dealer ‘insisting’ that the discs need replacing due to pitting.
 
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