In this video I go through the process of a basic pad and rotor change on the rear of a VW CC Sport. This vehicle has electric parking brake actuators on the rear of the calipers that need to be set in "service mode" using a scan tool. Does this put the normal DIY'er out of the brake business!? Is there a work around you know of!? -Enjoy!
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50 thoughts on “Do you need a $1000 scan tool just to change brake pads!?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LuckyLuckyLouLou says:

    your BEAUTIFUL LADY..!!. SUPER good loookin offspring with that PIECE..!!..

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Dee Bee says:

    Mate, according to other videos I've watcherd, there are 2 ways to get around using the scan tool for the electric rear parking brake. (1) spare 12 volt battery with wires and spade connectors straight on to the motor (from the connector you removed). Change polarity to confirm wind in or wind out (2) There are 2 torx bolts on the motor on the back of the caliper. Remove motor. Use a 8mm allan key bit on a ratchet to manually turn left to wind it all the way out. Reassemble motor to caliper and you are set to push in caliper. Once you finish doing the pads, you need to engage and release (cycle) the electronic brake twice from the switch inside the car. Then you are all done.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars snoopy says:

    Hi,I got a question.after u using the diagnostic tool to release the pressure of fluid,did u turn off the key or u just keep it on until u finish done the job then rerun the pressure?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Koch says:

    Hello SMAR!
    I’m one of the home gamers and l just changed the rotors and pads onna new atlas recently. I bought a scanner to unlock the electronic parking brake and it failed to do so and l was left stumped for a long minute. Being as the dealership was two hours away and not to be deterred, l did some research. l had to manually release the parking brake, and then proceeded as usual. It worked just fine and l will attest that there is not alot of room around that particular vehicle.
    I have been a long time and always enjoy watching your videos and keep up the great work good sir!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Mawson says:

    You can fool them just put car into gear put foot on brake and press the handbrake button then once the handbrake releases switch ignition off so handbrake (park brake) doesn't have chance to apply then i just unbolt motor off back of caliper then push piston back in then stick motor back on reassemble brakes pump footbrake then switch ignition back on and press the handbrake (park brake) button and then it winds the motor in to the piston

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peppermint says:

    Normally you can retract the EPB manually without a software BUT for this you need to remove the electric motor off the EPB and unfortunately this motor is secured with two tiny screws that get completely stuck in there (worse than a stuck caliper bleeder) so often times it's not possible and even risk to shear these bolts. But if you manage to lift the electric motor part, you can release the caliper bleeder then use a c-clamp with a torx socket and move back the piston by hand all the way to make place for new thicker brake pads. There are videos on Yt about this, but again the obstacle is those tiny screws

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clint S.A says:

    On my 2005 Passat 1.6 FSI I parked up, chocked the front wheels then disengaged the electronic brake. I disconnected the positive terminal on the battery then jacked up each side one at a time to remove each wheel. I disconnected the socket from the caliper then undid the two bolts to remove the caliper. Clean up everything and use copper paste where necessary before reassembly. Fit caliper with new pads and tighten then torque both bolts. Reconnect socket. Repeat on other side. Once complete fit the wheels and torque the bolts. Reconnect the battery terminal. Start the car and press the brake pedal 2 or 3 times. Now press the brake button and it will engage. Remove chocks and just to be safe drive forward or backwards to try brakes then engage the electronic brakes. I recommend bleeding the all 4 brakes. Chock the front wheels and disengage the electronic park brake, start the car and bleed with the engine running so the brake booster allows the pedal to work as it would under normal use.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Angus Lean says:

    Get a 9 volt battery
    Use two wire leads
    Connect them to the battery
    Disconnect the connected to the parking brake located behind rotar
    Insert wire leads into connector
    If the caliper closes reverse your wires
    If it opens wait about 30 to 60 seconds
    Now the caliper is open
    When done
    Use your electronic parking brake 3 or 4 times to make sure it’s syncing properly
    No Charge !

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Driveway Garage says:

    I have watched a lot of YouTube videos and I've watched a lot of your videos and I think you do the best job on brakes of anybody on YouTube

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Bridgeline says:

    Eric with your permission. If I' may. What's the best least expensive electronic brake scan tool. That we can service our 2021 Telluride. Best regards and thank you in advance. Big fan. Jersey Shore. 🇺🇲

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lazarik Thompson says:

    Good job u need a good tool

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NightHawk J30 says:

    It might be like that on all Electric Parking brake. Which sucks because some brands I thought are easy service. It’s possible they went that route to.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Fine says:

    I've done some Fords that allow you to service the brakes by a more "manual" process, no tool needed. Not sure about the Euro trash.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Morris says:

    You and your knife lol

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert w says:

    Electric brakes and cars that wreak themselves, what’ll they think of next to take our money….

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Bibbee says:

    Probably already mentioned but a lot of vehicles have a work around via a series of button pushes on the dash etc

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mohammed Shafiq says:

    You dont even neaded mate you can do break with out scanner mate easy rear breaks with out scanner mate i done breaks on my with out scanner

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Kilburn says:

    12 volts on one pin, ground on the other….if piston comes out switch leads…as soon as piston begins to turn stop

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Hettiger says:

    Im intrested in a bi directional scan tool for my own personal use. I want something no more then $1000.00 but have no idea which one.i see Launch Foxwell Autel the most but there's thousands to choose from. My vehicles are all older 03 h2 04 astro van 04 ram hemi 04 durango so i want to be able to continue to be able to fix them like quick learn routine on the 45tfe transmission or abs brake bleed on my astro van. Misfire problems on the hummer
    Any suggestions? From anyone?

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Horvath says:

    Good video! Thanks for posting it. Good pacing and commentary!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Anthony M says:

    Moral of the story is if you want do services yourself then don’t even bother with European cars

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darko Zmija says:

    Simply professional job 👍

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mechanicsville804 says:

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marty B. says:

    Well, you must have went to old school where they actually teach the Three "R"'s? LOL

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Ridley says:

    Can you not just pull the connector off, put 12 volts across the contacts, swap polarity if needed until it releases, do the brake job then run it back closed again?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Mercer says:

    I used a 9v battery with 2 leads and hit the EBA pins and got the breaks to release cost me about 6 dollars.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carlos Calderon says:

    I had to buy no choice if you are mechanic the job it’s no cheap learn and tools it’s expensive

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Canadian Reaper says:

    Just so you guys know, from my experience.
    We have a 2016 vw Tiguan with these electric rear brakes on the calipers. Once you pull the calliper off, there are 2 T25 screws holding the electric motor on, take those out and pop there motor off, back out the t40 screw in the center then use a clamp to squeeze in calipers, replace t25 screws and you are done. No programmer needed

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Up2NoGood says:

    Read the manual.. They tell you how to get the brakes into Service Mode….

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sam Rugtiv says:

    Bmw you need a scan tool to change oil and spark plugs it's a dam shame.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Hill says:

    now you have to research what stupid crap have manufacturers have done to make it hard to repair so you bring it to dealer for repairs. they make more profits on service then sales anymore. last time i went to dealer i bought a used car to avoid the crap and price of new car

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dalton Coggeshall says:

    Im a service advisor at a VW dealer and we charge 1.5 hours at a cost of 150.00 (plus parts) which really isnt hateful for a dealer

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wreckeur says:

    We have a 2016 Honda with an electronic parking brake. When doing the brakes, I remove the parking brake motor (two hex screws), then a use a big flat head screwdriver to back that piston off then re-attach it.

    After the brake job is done, cycle the parking brake to clear the light on the console.

    I have done this twice (two separate brake jobs) without any issue. That being said, YMMV

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Northern Living says:

    What about a 2002 chevy trailblazer. I'm having issue with bleeding RR Capillary

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Mitchell says:

    3 prong donger 🤣

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Rodrigues says:

    Silly question for you. What happens if you don't put the vehicle in 'service mode'?

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars getyerspn says:

    Had to do this job on my car during lockdown …no garages open had to buy a vcds cable £400 for vcds / disks and pads Jesus..thanks VW for a job that would have been sub £100 for any of our other make cars in our family.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars topher2495 says:

    In my 2016 Jeep product you just go into settings and put it in brake service mode.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthew Kendig says:

    My only criticism is that you whack painted body or trim pieces with your tools. I realize that you have rubber grips on most tools you do this with but I wouldn't do that with a customer's car.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Dickerson says:

    I swear by NAPA brake pads and rotors.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Jackson says:

    What the?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin Bennett says:

    The entire point of an emergency brake is to stop the car when the regular brakes fail. This should be mechanical, not electronic. Electronics fail easily, mechanical cables last forever.