Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Wheel Cylinders

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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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 wheel, brake drum and brake shoes.
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  5. Loosen the brake line on the rear of the cylinder but do not pull the line away from the cylinder or it may bend.
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  7. Remove the bolts and lockwashers that attach the wheel cylinder to the backing plate and remove the cylinder.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of a wheel cylinder

To install:
  1. Position the new wheel cylinder on the backing plate and install the cylinder attaching bolts and lockwashers. Torque to 7.5 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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  3. Attach the brake line.
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  5. Install the brakes and bleed the system.
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  7. Connect the battery cable.
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  9. Road test the vehicle.
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