Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Wheel Cylinder



Clean, high quality brake fluid is essential to the safe and proper operation of the brake system. You should always buy the highest quality brake fluid that is available. If the brake fluid becomes contaminated, drain and flush the system, then refill the master cylinder with new fluid. Never reuse any brake fluid. Any brake fluid that is removed from the system should be discarded.

Remove the brake drum and brake shoes. Disconnect the brake line from the cylinder and remove the bolts which secure the cylinder to the backing plate. Remove the cylinder from the vehicle.


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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the rear wheel cylinder used on type 2 models

Overhaul is the same as given in the Front Drum Brake portion of this section.