Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Brake Backing Plate



Some brake shoes 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.

The same bolts hold the brake backing plate and stub axle to the rear axle beam. The brake backing plate can be removed with the brakes and wheel cylinder still attached. Disconnect the hydraulic line from the wheel cylinder and remove the 4 bolts to remove the backing plate and stub axle. When installing, torque the bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).