Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Brake Drum

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 7

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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the front brake drum, remove the front wheel then ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... use a small prytool to remove the dust cap from the front brake drum



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Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen the nut clamp setscrew ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... then remove the nut clamp from the front spindle



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the flat washer ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... and the outer wheel bearing from the front brake drum



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Fig. Fig. 7: Pull the front brake drum off of the spindle without dragging the bearing on the spindle threads

  1. Jack up the car and remove the wheel and tire.
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  3. On the left side, remove the clip which secures the speedometer cable to the wheel bearing dust cover. Remove the dust cover.
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  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.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the wheel bearings after installing the drum.
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CAUTION
Do not forget to readjust the brake shoes if they were disturbed during removal.

INSPECTION



See Figure 8

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Fig. Fig. 8: Identification of the front drum brake components used on most models

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.

 
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