Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Master Cylinder

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Siphon out the brake fluid



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Fig. Remove the brake lines



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Fig. Remove the two master cylinder mounting bolts

Standard (Non-ABS) Brakes
  1. To prevent brake fluid from spilling out and damaging the paint, place a protective cover over the fender.
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  3. Detach the negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove the master cylinder cap and remove as much fluid as possible.
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  7. Disconnect and cap the brake lines to keep dirt out.
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  9. Disconnect the wiring from any switches that may be screwed into the master cylinder.
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  11. Remove the two master cylinder mounting nuts and pull the master cylinder away from the booster.
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  13. The reservoir is held into the master cylinder by a press fit into rubber sealing plugs and can easily be pulled off. To reinstall, moisten the plugs with brake fluid and press it on.
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WARNING
Do not depress the brake pedal while the master cylinder is removed.

To install:

  1. Position the master cylinder and reservoir assembly onto the studs and install the washers and nuts. Tighten the nuts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
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  3. Remove the plugs and connect the brake lines.
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  5. Bleed the brake system.
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  7. Install all remaining components in the reverse order of removal.
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Antilock Brakes (ABS)
  1. Bleeding of the antilock brake system requires the use of a scan tool when ever the brake master cylinder reservoir runs dry. Therefore the removal of a defective master cylinder, on vehicles with ABS, should be performed by a professional repair facility.
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