Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Cables

Print

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Rear Drum Brakes
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Block the front wheels and release the hand brake.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the rear brake shoes.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake cable assembly from the backing plates.
  10.  
  11. Remove the cable adjusting nuts at the handle and detach the cable guides from the floor pan.
  12.  
  13. Pull the cables out from under the vehicle.
  14.  
  15. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the parking brake and road test the vehicle.
  16.  

Disc Brakes
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Release the parking brake. It may be necessary to unscrew the adjusting nuts to provide slack in the brake cable.
  6.  
  7. At each rear wheel brake caliper, remove the spring clip retaining the parking brake cable to the caliper.
  8.  
  9. Lift the cable from the caliper mount and disengage it from the parking brake lever.
  10.  
  11. Pull the cables out from under the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the parking brake.
  14.  

ADJUSTMENT



Rear Drum Brakes

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands, so the rear wheels are free to turn.
  2.  
  3. With the parking brake handle down and the brake fully released, firmly apply the brake pedal once.
  4.  
  5. Pull the parking brake lever up 2-3 clicks. If the rear wheels cannot be turned by hand, no adjustment is required.
  6.  
  7. If adjustment is required, lower the lever and pull it up again only 2 clicks.
  8.  
  9. Remove the brake handle cover and loosen the locknuts.
  10.  



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 1: Dasher parking brake adjusting nut (arrow)

  1. Turn the adjusting nuts as required until the rear wheels cannot be turned in either direction by hand. If the wheels never lock up, there is a problem with the cables or the brakes and the drums should be removed for inspection.
  2.  
  3. Release the handle and make sure the wheels turn freely. If they do, tighten the locknuts.
  4.  
  5. If the wheels do not turn freely, back off the adjusting nuts as required. If brake handle travel is more than 3-4 clicks, there is a problem with the cables or the brakes, and the drums should be removed for inspection.
  6.  

Rear Disc Brakes

See Figures 2, 3 and 4

Parking brake adjustment is only necessary after replacing brake pads or other brake components. If the parking brake does not hold the vehicle, the rear calipers and brake pads must be removed for inspection.

  1. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands, then remove the rear wheels.
  2.  
  3. With the parking brake handle down and the brake fully released, firmly apply the brake pedal once.
  4.  
  5. Pull the parking brake lever up 2-3 clicks. If the rear wheels cannot be turned by hand, no adjustment is required.
  6.  
  7. If adjustment is required, loosen the locknut and the adjusting nut to just relieve the tension on the cables.
  8.  



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the locknut and adjusting nut to relieve tension on the cables



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 3: Tighten the cable adjusting nut evenly until the actuating levers on the calipers just move off their stops



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 4: The gap (indicated by the arrow) must be less than 0.059 in. (1.5mm)

  1. Hold the release button on the handle and move the handle up and down 3 or more times to seat the cables and make sure they move freely, then leave the handle down.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the cable adjusting nut evenly until the actuating levers on the calipers just move off their stops. The gap must be less than 0.059 in. (1.5mm).
  4.  
  5. To check for correct adjustment:
    1. At the first click, the rotors should turn by hand with some drag.
    2.  
    3. At the second click, the rotors should be difficult to turn.
    4.  
    5. At the third click, it should not be possible to turn the rotors by hand.
    6.  
    7. When the brake handle is released, the rotors should turn freely.
    8.  

  6.  

 
label.common.footer.alt.autozoneLogo