Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Brake Shoes

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INSPECTION




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. Check the shoes for contamination from brake fluid or axle grease.
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  3. Minimum allowed lining thickness is 0.098 in. (2.5mm).
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise the vehicle and safely support it with jackstands.
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  5. Remove the front wheel and brake drum assembly. The adjuster may have to be loosened to remove the brake drum.
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  7. Use a pliers to unlock the lower return springs.
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  9. Pull the lower part of the shoes over the wheel hub and unhook the upper return springs.
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  11. Remove the adjuster and locating spring.
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To install:
  1. Hook the upper return spring into the brake shoes.
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  3. Slide the adjuster into the shoes.
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  5. Push the lower ends of the brake shoes over the wheel hub.
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  7. Hook the lower return springs into the brake shoes and install the retaining springs.
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  9. Hook the upper return springs into the bracket on the backing plate.
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  11. Install the brake adjuster and locating spring.
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  13. Install the brake drum and adjust the shoes.
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  15. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  17. Check the brake fluid and pump the pedal. Road test.
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