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MK7 "Random / "Stupid" Questions Thread"

BadHombre760

Autocross Champion
Location
Vegas
Car(s)
Slow FWD VW Hatch
Any scoring on the rotor? If it's debris stuck on the pad or at the edge of the caliper, taking the wheel off won't help, but you might see it scratching lines in the rotor face. I have had that happen to me before. Usually going in reverse pops it right out, but I suppose it could be really in there. Did you ever check the CV boot?

I've not had the wheels off mine to look, but.. do these have a metal dust shield on the inside?

I've had a stone get hung up between the rotor and dust shield MANY times on other vehicles. You wouldn't see it unless you took the caliper off to take the rotor off...

I got good at getting them out by tapping on the edge of the shield with a wooden drift and mallet, gently-ish.

ETA: Oh yeah, it's not the wear indicators on the pads, right? (Do these pads have wear indicators?)
Checked the boot and it appeared to be fine, no rips or anything else that looked out of the ordinary.

I used to do a lot of canyon driving and the car is a little over 30k miles so I figured it's possible it could be the pads/rotors. The rotor looks like it has some minor scoring, feels completely smooth to the touch, but if the brakes are the culprit wouldn't I notice it more-so during braking? It's quiet under braking, still bites strong, and I don't feel any vibrations in the pedal

 

BlackandwhiteGTI

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
St. Louis, MO
Car(s)
'16 GTI '92 Miata
My sister had a similar sound coming from her Mazda, I immediately figured that it was the parking brake sticking slightly. It was making a dragging type of noise under certain circumstances. Even though it seems that my parking brake is way different from hers (my handle is way stiffer), it might be good to still check. My second theory was a wheel bearing going out on her car. FWIW I don't really know what it sounds like when a wheel bearing is going out lol.

If you think it is brake related- check the wheels for brake dust build up. What I mean by that- if one wheel obviously has way more brake dust buildup (especially inside the barrel of the wheel), I think you found your culprit.

Another way to check to see if your brakes are acting up, is to drive around a little, make sure to take it easy on the brakes. What I did was felt the differences in temperature of the two rear rotors with my hand, I'm not recommending that you use your hand for the possibility of the rotors burning you (obv). If the one of the sides of the brake is sticking then one side should be hotter than the other (or even the front rotors). It may have been a very specific case of one side sticking, but I ended up figuring it out.
 

Bernb6

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Palo Alto, CA
Car(s)
2017 GTI Autobahn
The outside face of the rotor looks fine. But need also to check the inside face which is more difficult. And there is a dust shield on the inside. A rock chip lodged there is still a possibility.
Bern
 

BadHombre760

Autocross Champion
Location
Vegas
Car(s)
Slow FWD VW Hatch
The outside face of the rotor looks fine. But need also to check the inside face which is more difficult. And there is a dust shield on the inside. A rock chip lodged there is still a possibility.
Bern
I checked between the shield and brake from above and below. Although I did not check the rear of the rotor
 

BlackandwhiteGTI

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
St. Louis, MO
Car(s)
'16 GTI '92 Miata
Okay so I need a solution...

Every morning when I park, it is dark out. I back into my parking spot so I have a fighting chance to get out of the parking lot in decent time. I also like to have my parking lights on so I can see what I am doing and what buttons I am pushing, otherwise I am in my complete cave of a car for about an hour. The issue is when the car across from me backs in they always flash their high beams back at me because my parking lights are extremely bright. Is there some way to add a dimmer for the front parking lights?

I have OBDEleven so I was looking at adding some type of menu that lets me control my ambient lighting with no avail. What could I do to have the interior somewhat dimly lit? I also looked into adding a dim overhead LED that shines down from the center console but I think it would be way too involved for what it is. I just really want to have a way to turn on the interior lighting but nobody seems to be talking about it... I'm sure I am not the only person with this issue, right?

An example of what I imagine what will work, but have no clue if it would even be compatible with my car.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
Okay so I need a solution...

Every morning when I park, it is dark out. I back into my parking spot so I have a fighting chance to get out of the parking lot in decent time. I also like to have my parking lights on so I can see what I am doing and what buttons I am pushing, otherwise I am in my complete cave of a car for about an hour. The issue is when the car across from me backs in they always flash their high beams back at me because my parking lights are extremely bright. Is there some way to add a dimmer for the front parking lights?

I have OBDEleven so I was looking at adding some type of menu that lets me control my ambient lighting with no avail. What could I do to have the interior somewhat dimly lit? I also looked into adding a dim overhead LED that shines down from the center console but I think it would be way too involved for what it is. I just really want to have a way to turn on the interior lighting but nobody seems to be talking about it... I'm sure I am not the only person with this issue, right?

An example of what I imagine what will work, but have no clue if it would even be compatible with my car.
Sounds like they need to be aimed.
 

BlackandwhiteGTI

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
St. Louis, MO
Car(s)
'16 GTI '92 Miata
Sounds like they need to be aimed.
Well it is just the general glow of them. They just glow extremely bright. My parking lights illuminate the whole front end of the white F150 that parks in front of me (it has a small lift kit on it, too). I compared my car to my friend's Tesla Model 3 today. His parking lights were not bright enough to light up the car in front of him... also I noticed that the mk6 gti (without the Lighting Package) had its DRLs on and it was dimmer than the Tesla.

Is it possible to just adjust the brightness of the front parking lights without it changing the brightness of the DRL in any other mode?
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
Well it is just the general glow of them. They just glow extremely bright. My parking lights illuminate the whole front end of the white F150 that parks in front of me (it has a small lift kit on it, too). I compared my car to my friend's Tesla Model 3 today. His parking lights were not bright enough to light up the car in front of him... also I noticed that the mk6 gti (without the Lighting Package) had its DRLs on and it was dimmer than the Tesla.

Is it possible to just adjust the brightness of the front parking lights without it changing the brightness of the DRL in any other mode?
I don't know if they can be adjusted like that. I'm surprised a 16 has that bright of parking lights.
 

Fdotorres

Ready to race!
Location
PR
Car(s)
GTI MK7
Did a suspension change yesterday and now the tramlining is absolutely unbearable.

Went from:
OEM shocks
EMD springs

To:
Bilstein B6
OEM springs
Replaced most suspension components (joints, links, mounts, etc)
Added EMD "flush kit" spacers.

Would a wheel alignment solve this issue? I've changed to Bilstein B4 in the past and this wasn't an issue.
 
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Nineeightyone

Go Kart Champion
Location
USA
Car(s)
2019 GTI | 2004 JSW
Did a suspension change yesterday and now the tramlining is absolutely unbearable.

Went from:
OEM shocks
EMD springs

To:
Bilstein B6
OEM springs
Replaced most suspension components (joints, links, mounts, etc)
Added EMD "flush kit" spacers.

Would a wheel alignment solve this issue? I've changed to Bilstein B4 in the past and this wasn't an issue.

I would definitely get an alignment if you've made significant changes to the suspension, I get one anytime I have the suspension apart but if you've changed bushings/links/etc from your existing worn ones, that could make a massive change in geometry.

I don't know if that's going to be the direct answer to tramlining though, it may also simply be due to reduced compliance in worn parts. Either way, an alignment will help greatly with tire wear and overall drivability.
 
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