Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Wheel Cylinders

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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.
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  7. Remove the brake shoes and move out of the way to access the wheel cylinders.
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  9. Using a flare nut wrench, disconnect the brake hose from the wheel cylinder. Plug the line.
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  11. Remove the two retaining bolts and wheel cylinder.
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To install:
  1. Install the cylinder and torque the bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
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  3. Install the brake hose and torque to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
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  5. Install the brake shoes and drum. Bleed both wheel cylinders as outlined in this section.
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