Brake Parts for Classic VW Volkswagen Beetle
We have been offering parts for the classic Beetle restorer ever since 1974.
Beetles before 1967 have four-wheel drum brakes. After 1967, Beetles were made with disc brake systems. We have replacement parts for both the older drum brake brake systems and the later disk brake systems. We also offer disc brake conversion kits for those who want to install their own Beetle or Super Beetle disc brake system.
Disc Brake Conversion Kits
Our disc brake conversion kits include all parts for the brake conversion and come with complete instructions for this brake system conversion.
Safety in Braking
Please practice diligent brake system sensitivity. Always be aware of diminishing brake performance. Even down to badly worn brake pedal pads ! We offer brake shoes, brake calipers, brake fluid reservoirs and hardware to facilitate brake replacement and installation. Even the non- hands on person who does not fancy DIY work, can detect braking problems and tend to their solution via their favorite VW Beetle specialist.
Do It Yourself Brake Work Our brake parts pages are broken down into separate categories. You will find a page devoted, for example to just brake lines and brake line kits. You will also see (check brake category links on this page) a larger complete brake parts page. On the brake pages we offer a cd with the best brake maintenance and brake work details full described for the do-it-yourselfer. The brake work cd runs over an hour and and a half and may encourage the tentative do-it-yourselfer to tackle complete overhaul of his or her brakes, or partial brake upgrade work.
For drum brake systems, we offer brake master cylinders, brake wheel cylinders, brake drums, brake shoes, brake hoses, and other replacement parts.
Four and Five Luge Conversion Systems:If you're interested in converting your car to a disc brake system, we offer both 4- and 5-lug conversion kits. As mentioned above our kits are chosen carefully and include detailed instructions.
Thigs to be aware of:Brake Light: If your brake light on the instrument panel lights up your brake system needs immediate check-up. Donâ€™t wait long to get your brakes checked. The light could be telling you that the hydraulic pressure is low in the brake circuit, which means that you need brake fluid added to the brake master cylinder, or even that your brake line is leaking, or possibly connections at the master cylinder need checking. Is your brake pedal 'softening' and coming closer to the floor while braking ? Symptoms in the brake system are usually quite apparent.
The Beginner Can Do Brake Work !
We have mentioned the exhaustive CD on brake work and its complete and detailed instructions on brake work. To add a resource, this is a good place to mention the classic "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" book. This book has been reprinted so many times that all Beetle owners probably know of it. The sections on Beetle brake work are so beautifully written that you might consider, after looking at this book's chapter on brakes and brake work, tackling your own brake system repair or just minor brake work...even if you do not fancy yourself as a DIY candidate !
A Few Important Brake System Warning Symptoms:
Do your pedals feel soft, not firm? There could be air in your brake system, so you may need to â€œbleed the brakesâ€ and get rid of any air bubbles in the lines or brake hoses. The guides mentioned above are great for this brake maintenance work that could be undertaken by the beginner !
Do you see a wet spot on the inside of your tire. This probably means you have a leak in a brake wheel cylinder. Believe it or not, brake cylinder replacement is not something that is beyond any reasonably handy person. By the way: If you replace one brake cylinder, we recommend replacing the other for proper balance in the brake system, even though one of the brake cylinders may not be leaking.
Do you hear a high-pitched squeal when braking. Your brake shoes or drums may be worn out. whether or not you DIY on your brakes, please be aware of this and other symptoms in your brakes.
Note: Front brakes do most of the work when it comes to stopping your Beetle. So expect front brakes to wear out 2 to 3 times faster than your rear brakes.
This little VW Beetle brake system essay has as its main purpose the need for awareness and possibly an encouragement to purchase one or more of the guides to doing some or your Beetle or Super Beetle brake work.