Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Adjustments

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DRUM BRAKES



See Figures 1 and 2

Front
  1. Raise and safely support the front of the car with jackstands. Block the rear wheels.
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  3. Remove the rubber plugs from the brake backing plate, which cover the adjusters.
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  5. Insert a small prytool through the hole and turn the adjuster clockwise until the wheel locks.
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  7. Back off the adjuster until the wheel can be turned. The shoes should drag lightly.
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  9. Back off the adjuster two notches. The wheel should spin without brake drag. Install the rubber plugs.
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Fig. Fig. 1: A small prytool can be used to adjust the drum brakes. Front brakes shown, rear are similar

Rear

On most models, it is necessary to push the brake pressure regulator lever toward the rear axle to relieve the pressure in the rear brake line.

  1. Raise the rear of the car and safely support it on jackstands.
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  3. Block the front wheels and release the parking brake. Step on the brake pedal hard to center the linings.
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  5. Remove the rubber plug from the rear of the backing plate on each wheel.
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  7. Insert a brake adjusting tool or a small prytool and turn the adjuster wheel clockwise until the brakes drag as you turn the wheel in the forward direction.
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  9. Turn the adjuster in the opposite direction until you just pass the point of drag.
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  11. Repeat on the other wheel.
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  13. Lower the car and road test. Readjust, if necessary.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Push in the direction of the arrow to relieve pressure at the brake pressure regulator valve-Dasher shown

 
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