Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Brake Drums

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
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.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the rear wheels.
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  5. Insert a small prytool through a wheel bolt hole and push up on the adjusting wedge to slacken the rear brake adjustment.
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  7. Remove the grease cap, cotter pin, locking ring, axle nut and thrust washer. Carefully remove the bearing and put all these parts where they will stay clean.
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  9. Carefully remove the drum.
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To install:
  1. Before installing, if any brake dust has fallen onto the axle, wipe off all the grease and apply a coat of new high temperature bearing grease. Install the parts in the reverse order of removal.
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When tightening the axle nut, the thrust washer must still be movable with a small screwdriver. Spin the drum and check that the thrust washer can still be moved.

  1. When installing the locking ring, keep trying different positions of the ring on the nut until the cotter pin goes into the hole. Don't turn the nut to align the locking ring with the hole in the axle. Use a new cotter pin.
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  3. Connect the battery cable.
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INSPECTION



  1. Check the drum for scoring or warping.
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  3. Check for signs of heat cracking or discoloring.
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  5. The maximum inside diameter after resurfacing must be no more than the figure listed in the Brake Specifications Chart, at the end of this section.
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