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Re: [T3] Brake Problems

On 10 Nov 2003 at 20:58, The Rossos wrote:

> Well after readjusting the rear brakes, the pedal does feel better.  I guess
> from what Jim said the pedal won't feel as hard as it did before since my
> old calipers were dragging badly.  The pedal still seems to travel about
> half way before it gets hard, but I've been driving cars with power brakes
> since I've been playing around with my brakes.  Also, I've been pumping the
> pedal so much I don't know what it should feel like anymore, but it is
> definitely better and doesn't need to be pumped to get the car stopped.

There's a bit of a trick to getting new shoes adjusted. I usually adjust them 
as well as I can and then (with the car still up on jackstands) get in and 
start the engine. Run the car in both forward and reverse and apply the brakes 
gently a few times. This will center the shoes in the drums if they aren't 
already. After this I often find that I can tighten up the adjusters a bit 

Once you have a few miles on the new shoes you can probably adjust them again 
and make things even better.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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