Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Brake Backing Plate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
Some brake pads may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise the front of the vehicle and safely support it with jackstands.
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  5. Remove the front wheels and brake drums. Remove the brake shoe assembly.
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  7. Using a flare nut wrench, disconnect the brake hose from the wheel cylinder. Plug the line.
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  9. Remove the steering knuckle/hub assembly.
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  11. Remove the hub from the knuckle assembly.
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  13. Remove the bolts securing the backing plate to the knuckle.
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To install:
  1. Install the backing plate to the knuckle assembly. tighten the bolts to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm).
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  3. Install the hub to the knuckle assembly, then install the assembly on the vehicle.
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  5. Connect the brake hose and torque to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
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  7. Install the brake shoe assembly, then install the drum. Bleed the system as outlined in this section.
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  9. Connect the battery cable.
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