Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Brake Drum

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Except Type 4



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 1: After loosening the rear axle nut while the vehicle rests on the ground, raise the vehicle and remove the rear wheel and axle nut



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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a puller to draw the rear brake drum off of the rear axle shaft ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then lower the brake drum from the rear axle



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Fig. Fig. 4: Identification of the rear brake drum components used on most models

  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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CAUTION
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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Type 4

The drum is held in place by the wheel lugs. Jack up the car and remove the wheel and tire. After the wheel is removed, there are two small screws that secure the drum to the hub and they must be removed before the drum will slip off the hub.

INSPECTION



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

 
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