Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Brake Drum


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Fig. Fig. 1 Front Drum Brake Components-Type 1 Vehicles


  1. Jack up the car and remove the wheel and tire.
  3. On the left side, remove the clip which secures the speedometer cable to the wheel bearing dust cover. Remove the dust cover.
  5. Loosen the nut clamp, remove the wheel bearing adjusting nut and slide the brake drum off of the spindle. It may be necessary to back off on the brake shoe star wheels so that there is enough clearance to remove the drum.
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the wheel bearings after installing the drum.

Do not forget to readjust the brake shoes if they were disturbed during removal.


If the brake drums are scored or cracked, they must be replaced or machined. If the vehicle pulls to one side or exhibits a pulsating braking action, the drum is probably out of round and should be checked at a machine shop. The drum may have a smooth even surface and still be out of round. The drum should be free of surface cracks and dark spots.