Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Brake Drum

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Fig. Fig. 1 Identification of the typical rear drum brake components

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 2 To remove the rear brake drum, bend the cotter pin ends until straight ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... then remove the cotter pin from the castle nut



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Fig. Fig. 4 With the vehicle weight on the wheel, loosen the mounting nut



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Fig. Fig. 5 A pneumatic impact gun makes loosening the nut much easier



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Fig. Fig. 6 Slide the brake drum off of the axle stub

  1. With the wheels still on the ground, remove the cotter pin from the slotted nut on the rear axle and remove the nut from the axle. This isn't as easy as it sounds. You'll need a very long breaker bar or metal pipe for this operation.
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Make sure the emergency brake is now released.

  1. Jack up the car and remove the wheel and tire.
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  3. The brake drum is splined to the rear axle and the drum should slip off the axle. However, the drum sometimes rusts on the splines and it is necessary to remove the drum using a puller.
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  5. Before installing the drum, lubricate the splines. Install the drum on the axle and tighten the nut on the axle to 217 ft. lbs. Line up a slot in the nut with a hole in the axle and insert a cotter pin. Never loosen the nut to align the slot and hole.
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