Mk2 rear brake problems.

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Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by James109 » Fri May 29, 2020 9:51 pm

Hi, not been a member on here for all that long. Been meaning to post more but I’ve been working flat out on my latest scirocco. The problem I’m having is I can’t seem to get the rear brakes to bite well enough to get an MOT. I’ve replaced the wheel cylinders on both sides and new rear flexis. I’ve had the proportioning valves and blown through them to remove any crud that has built up. This has improved things but with a mate standing on the pedal I can still just about get the wheel to rotate which doesn’t seem right? If anyone has any ideas I’d be really grateful, it’s driving me insane! Thanks in advance!



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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by MRMENDER » Sat May 30, 2020 3:40 am

Have you renewed the shoes?
Any contamination will make a big difference. Drums and shoes should only be cleaned with brake cleaner



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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by James109 » Sat May 30, 2020 8:12 am

The shoes are like new, no contamination at all. The cylinders were only changed because the bleed nipples sheared off. The handbrake works extremely well so surely the friction surfaces must be okay? That’s my thinking anyway. Thanks for the suggestion though!



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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by Eagle1 » Sat May 30, 2020 11:43 am

We're they as bad before the MoT. When I got my car I wasn't sure of its history so changed everything and I've not had a problem with it. New shoes aren't that expensive. Is it even wear across the drum or are there score marks/grooves. If there are I'd change them. You could take a drum off and get your mate to gently press the pedal but don't pop the wheel cylinder to see how much the shoes are moving.



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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by James109 » Sat May 30, 2020 3:02 pm

All sorted! Turns out I had the wrong wheel cylinders. I mistakenly bought ones for cars without the pressure regulator. Feel like a bit of a prat for not spotting it but passed the test this afternoon! Thanks for taking time to reply!



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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by james butler » Sat May 30, 2020 7:25 pm

easy mistake to make i did the same and wondered for a god while why my brakes were so poor


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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by James109 » Sat May 30, 2020 8:47 pm

It drove me mad, it’s always the last bit that trips you up!



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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by mark1gls » Sat May 30, 2020 11:19 pm

Glad you found the problem, it can be a minefield buying parts for old cars and parts which span many models of VWs.


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Re: Mk2 rear brake problems.

Post by James109 » Sat May 30, 2020 11:57 pm

Too true, it can be hard work tracing the exact part you need at times. All worth it though, I’m glad to be back owning one! I’ll post a few pics up in the main forum soon!