Volkswagen Beetle Brake Drums, Brake Shoes, Reservoirs, etc.

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Front Drums

Front Drums

Beetle and Ghia Front Brake Drum, 5 Lug

VW Beetle 1954-65
VW Karmann Ghia 1956-65

VW Beetle
$51.95
Part #: 113-405-615A
Beetle, Ghia and Thing Front Brake Drum.
VW Beetle 1966-67
VW Karmann Ghia 66-67
VW Thing 73-74
VW Beetle
$58.95
Part #: 131-405-615A
Beetle and Ghia Front Brake Drum, 4 Lug.
ATE Italy (OEM)

VW Beetle (Standards) 1968-77
VW Karmann Ghia 68-74

VW Beetle
$82.95
Part #: 111-405-615B-IT
Beetle and Ghia Front Brake Drum, 4 Lug
VW Beetle (Standard) 1968-77

VW Karmann Ghia 68-74
VW Beetle
$70.95
Part #: 111-405-615B
VW Super Beetle Front Brake Drum
With Centering Hub

VW Super Beetle 1971-79

VW Beetle
$68.95
Part #: 113-405-615H
VW Super Beetle Front Brake Drum
Without Center Hub

VW Super Beetle 1971-79

VW Beetle
$68.95
Part #: 113-405-615D
Beetle Front Drum Backing Plate.
Left or Right Side
German

VW Beetle (Standard) 1966-77

VW Beetle
$113.95
Part #: 113-609-125G


Rear Drums

Rear Drums

Beetle and Ghia Rear Brake Drum
5 Lug, Italian.

VW Beetle 58-67
VW Karmann Ghia 58-67

VW Beetle
$71.95
Part #: 113-501-615D-ITAL
Beetle and Ghia Rear Brake Drum
5 Lug, Brazilian

VW Beetle 58-67
VW Karmann Ghia 58-67

VW Beetle
$69.95
Part #: 113-501-615D
Beetle and Ghia Rear Brake Drum
5 Lug, German.

VW Beetle 1958-67
VW Karmann Ghia 58-67

VW Beetle
$98.95
Part #: 113-501-615D-GR
Beetle, Super Beetle and Ghia Rear Brake Drum
4 Lug. Italian OEM)

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 68-79
VW Karmann Ghia 68-74

VW Beetle
$87.95
Part #: 113-501-615J-IT
Beetle, Super Beetle and Ghia Rear Brake Drum
Brazilian.

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 68-79
VW Karmann Ghia 68-74

VW Beetle
$68.95
Part #: 113-501-615J


Brake Shoes

Brake Shoes

Beetle and Ghia Brake Shoes
Set of 4 Brake Shoes
For Rear Brakes

VW Beetle 1958-64
VW Karmann Ghia 1958-64

VW Beetle
$27.95
Part #: 113-609-537-BST
Beetle, Ghia and Type 3 Brake Shoes
Set of 4 Brake Shoes
For Front Brakes

VW Beetle 1958-64
VW Karmann Ghia 1958-64
VW Type 3 62-64Up to Vin# 76299

VW Beetle
$33.95
Part #: 113-609-237-DST
Super Beetle Brake Shoes
Set of 4 Brake Shoes
For Front Brakes

VW Super Beetle 71-79

VW Beetle
$30.95
Part #: 113-609-237H
Beetle and Ghia Brake Shoe Set
Set of 4 Brake Shoes
Front or Rear Brakes

VW Beetle 1955-57
VW Karmann Ghia 56-57

Note: Up to vin# 575415 and 1673410

VW Beetle
$46.95
Part #: 111-609-237A
Beetle and Ghia Brake Shoes
Pair of Brake Shoes
For Rear Brakes

VW Beetle 1965-67
VW Karmann Ghia 1965-67
VW Beetle
$25.95
Part #: 131-609-537-CST
Beetle and Ghia Brake Shoes
Set of 4 Brake Shoes
For Front Brakes

VW Beetle Standards 65-77
VW Beetle Convertible 65-70

VW Karmann Ghia 65-66

VW Beetle
$23.95
Part #: 131-609-237-CST
Beetle, Super Beetle and Ghia Brake Shoes
Pair of Brake Shoes
For Rear Brakes

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 1968-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1968-74
VW Beetle
$23.95
Part #: 113-609-537-CST


Hardware

Hardware

Adjusting Screw for Brake Shoe

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 65-79
VW Karmann Ghia 65-74
VW Type 3 62-73

VW Beetle
$2.95
Part #: 131-609-209
Adjustment Screw for Brake Shoe

VW Beetle 50-58
VW Karmann Ghia 56-58

Up to Vin# 1673410

VW Beetle
$2.95
Part #: 113-609-209
Brake Fluid Reservoir Attachment Screw, each
Stainless Steel

VW Beetle 58-60

VW Beetle
$0.25
Part #: N113931
Adjusting Nut for Brake Shoe.

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 50-79
VW Karmann Ghia 56-74
VW Bus 50-70 front
VW Bus 50-79 Rear
VW Type 3 64-73

The brake adjuster nut fits inside the brake drum. It attaches to
the adjusting block on the backing plate and tightens or loosens
the brake shoe.

 

VW Beetle
$6.95
Part #: 113-609-205A
Adjusting Screw for Brake Shoe
Front or Rear

VW Beetle 58-64
VW Karmann Ghia 58-64
Note: Beetles and Ghias from VIN# 1673411
VW Bus 50-55

These are sold individually (4 required per car.)
The screw is attached inside the brake drum. In the front
the screw threads into the nut inside the wheel cylinder.
In the rear the nut is in the adjuster block. Two screws
are required for each brake drum.

VW Beetle
$2.95
Part #: 211-609-209
Brake Hardware Kit, Front

VW Beetle 10/57-64
VW Karmann Ghia 10/57-64
Fits 1957 cars beginning with VIN# --1 673411

VW Beetle
$12.95
Part #: 113-698-237D
Brake Hardware Kit. Rear.
VW Beetle and Super Beetle 1967-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1967-79
VW Beetle
$12.95
Part #: 113-698-537C
Brake Hardware Kit. Set, Rear
VW Beetle 1958-64
VW Beetle
$12.95
Part #: 113-698-003A
Front Brake Hardware Kit
VW Beetle sedan 1965-77
VW Beetle convertible 1965-70
VW Karmann Ghia 1965-66
VW Beetle
$11.95
Part #: 131-698-237C
Front Brake Hardware Kit
VW Super Beetle 1971-79
VW Beetle
$12.95
Part #: 113-698-237H
Spring Washer
Prevents generator or alternator bolt from loosening

Also goes in emergency brake anchor pin
(Wave Washer for Under Alternator/Generator Nut)

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 56-79
VW Karmann Ghia 56-74
VW Bus 56-79
VW Type 3 62-73
VW Thing 73-74

VW Beetle
$0.25
Part #: N122282


Bleeder Valves

Bleeder Valves

Brake Bleeder Valve Cap.
This will work on all wheel cylinders

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle
VW Bus
VW Karmann Ghia
VW Type 3
VW Thing
VW Vanagon.

VW Beetle
$1.75
Part #: 211-611-483
Front and Rear Brake Bleeder Valve; 6 by 28 mm

VW Beetle and Super Beetle 1958-79 (front and rear)
VW Karmann Ghia 1958-66 front
VW Karmann Ghia 1958-74 rear
VW Bus rear 1950-79
VW Vanagon rear 1980-91
VW Type 3 rear 1962-73
VW Thing 73-74 front and rear

VW Beetle
$1.95
Part #: 211-611-477A


Hoses

Hoses

Classic Braided Brake Line Hose, Black
7 mm interior diameter
Priced per meter (per 3 feet)

VW Beetle and Super Beetle 1967-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1967-74
VW Type 3 1967-73
VW Bus 68-79
VW Thing 73-74

VW Beetle
$15.95
Part #: N 020 350 1/1M


Rubber Parts

Rubber Parts

Boot for Brake Master Cylinder Plunger
For all VW models 1953-79
VW Beetle
$9.95
Part #: 113-195
Rubber Plugs for Brake Backing Plate
Dust Plugs. Set of 8. Covers two plates.

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 68-79
VW Karmann Ghia 68-74
VW Bus 74-79
VW Type 3 72-73
VW Thing 73-74

These plugs insert into the adjusting holes on the rear of the
brake backing plates and prevent debris from entering
the brake drums or brake shoes.

 

VW Beetle
$7.95
Part #: 113-609-163


Reservoirs

Reservoirs

Brake Fluid Reservoir With Cap
Screws on to Master Cylinder to Hold Reserve Fluid.

VW Beetle 1950-mid 54
VW Bus mid 1955-67  Not for dual circuit master cylinder 1967 Bus

Use with washer N138272

VW Beetle
$13.95
Part #: 211-611-301C
Brake Fluid Reservoir

VW Beetle 61-66
VW Karmann Ghia 61-66
VW Type 3 62-67

VW Beetle
$7.95
Part #: 113-611-301G
Brake Fluid Reservoir
Order Cap Separately

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 68-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1968-74
VW Type 3 68-73
VW Thing 1973-74

Note that the two reservoir outlet nipples are slightly angled.

VW Beetle
$20.95
Part #: 113-611-301L


General

General

Master Cylinder Reservoir Pipe.
Hose From Reservoir Connects to One End,
Other End in Master Cylinder.
Not for original cylinders with narrow pipe.

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 67-79
VW Karmann Ghia 67-74
VW Thing 73-74
VW Type 3 1971-73

VW Beetle
$4.65
Part #: 113-611-153C


Emergency Brake Cables

Emergency Brake Cables

Hand (Emergency) Brake Cable
For Either Side
1742mm (68.6")

VW Beetle 58-65  Up to vin# 155400108
VW Karmann Ghia 58-65  Up to vin# 155400108

VW Beetle
$12.95
Part #: 113-609-721F
Hand (Emergency) Brake Cable, 1779mm (70")
Either Left or Right

VW Beetle 65-67  From vin# 155400109
VW Karmann Ghia 65-67  From vin# 155400109

VW Beetle
$13.95
Part #: 113-609-721L
Hand (Emergency) Brake Cable
For Either Side
1773 mm (69.8")

VW Beetle 1968
VW Karmann Ghia 1968

Not for 'autostick' cars

VW Beetle
$19.95
Part #: 113-609-721M
Hand (Emergency) Brake Cable
For Either Side
1804mm, (71")

VW Beetle with autostick 1968
VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 69-72  manual or autostick
VW Karmann Ghia with autostick 1968
VW Karmann Ghia 68-72  manual or autostick

VW Beetle
$12.95
Part #: 113-609-721J
Hand (Emergency) Brake Cable
For Either Side
1749Mm (68.9")

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 73-79
VW Thing 73-74
VW Karmann Ghia 1973-1974

VW Beetle
$12.95
Part #: 133-609-721


Instructions

Instructions

Brakes Instruction Booklet. Fully illustrated Brake Work
Covers Brake Shoes, Lining Replacement, Back Plates, Wheel Cylinders
VW Beetle
$8.95
Part #: INSTR-BRAKES
Instruction Booklet on Brake Drums
Illustrated Guide to Removing and Installing Brake Drums.
VW Beetle
$1.49
Part #: INSTR-BRAKEDRUMS
Bug Me Dvd: Volume 4, Brakes. 1 Hour 45 Minutes of Easy to Follow Instruction, Including:

Brake Shoes, Wheel Cylinders, Brake lines, Disc brakes, Master Cylinder, Drums and Rotors, Emergency Brake, Wheel Bearings & Seals

VW Beetle

   More About Volume 4
$25.95
Part #: Volume 4


Master Cylinders

Master Cylinders

Brake Master Cylinder, TRW Brazil
VW Beetle 1954-64
VW karmann Ghia 1956-64
VW Beetle
$73.95
Part #: 113-611-021C
Brake Master Cylinder, TRW Brazil
See note below.

VW Beetle Standards 1967-77
VW Beetle convertible 1967-70
VW Karmann Ghia 1967-74

Note: If replacing the master cylinder for 67-69 cars
you will need to purchase a pair of three prong brake
switches (part 113-945-515G) in order to operate the brake warning light.
The original had three two prong switches; the replacement
has two three prong switches.

VW Beetle
$93.95
Part #: 113-611-015BD
Brake Master Cylinder, TRW. Brazil Note: inlet grommet
part 113-611-817 has to be ordered separately.

VW Beetle 1965-66
VW Karmann Ghia 1965-66
VW Beetle
$44.95
Part #: 113-611-023B
Brake Master Cylinder, TRW Brazil

VW Super Beetle sedan and convertible 1971-79

VW Beetle
$89.95
Part #: 113-611-015BH


Grommets

Grommets

Grommet For Brake Master Cylinder Inlet.
Holds Inlet Pipe to Cylinder
7mm i.d., 18mm o.d.

VW Beetle 67-71
VW Karmann Ghia 67-71
VW Type 3 67-71
VW Bus 67-79

VW Beetle
$2.95
Part #: 211-611-817A
Grommet for Brake Master Fluid Cylinder Inlet,
Holds Inlet Pipe in Cylinder.
11mm Inlet/24mm OD.

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 72-79
VW Karmann Ghia 72-74
VW Vanagon 80-91
VW Thing 73-74
VW Type 3 72-73

VW Beetle
$3.19
Part #: 113-611-817A
Grommet for Brake Master Cylinder Inlet

VW Beetle 50-66
VW Karmann Ghia 56-66
VW Type 3 62-66

VW Beetle
$4.19
Part #: 113-611-817


Emergency Brake Levers

Emergency Brake Levers

Anchor Pin for Parking (Emergency) Brake Lever, Rear.
Note that the original style clip
part # 211-609-619 is required.

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 1950-79
VW Bus 1950-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1956-74
VW Type 3 1962-73
VW Type 4 1969-74
VW Thing 1973-74
VW Beetle
$2.95
Part #: 211-609-601B
Clip for Hand (Emergency) Brake Lever
On Rear Brake Shoe

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 1950-79
VW Bus 1950-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1956-74
VW Type 3 1962-73
VW Thing 1973-74

This holds the anchor pin to the brake shoe and brake lever
VW Beetle
$0.49
Part #: 211-609-619
Lever for Parking (Emergency( Brake, Left (Driver Side) Rear
VW Beetle and Super Beetle 1958-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1958-74
VW Type 3 1962-73
VW Type 4 1969-74
VW Thing 1973-74
VW Beetle
$7.95
Part #: 113-609-613A
Lever for Parking (Emergency) Brake, Right (Passenger side) Rear
VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 1958-79
VW Karmann Ghia 1958-74
VW Type 3 1962-73
VW Thing 1973-74
VW Beetle
$7.95
Part #: 113-609-614A


Brake Fluid Reservoir Caps

Brake Fluid Reservoir Caps

Brake Fluid Reservoir Cap, Threaded.

VW Beetle and VW Super Beetle 50-79
VW Bus 68-79
VW Karmann Ghia 61-74
VW Type 3 62-73
VW Thing 73-74

VW Beetle
$3.49
Part #: 113-611-351




Important Information
Bleeding Your Brake System

Whenever work is done on the Beetle brakes, such as after the replacement of any brake parts, the brake system must be carefully bled. The work is done after the brakes are adjusted.

You will need a container that is partly filled with new brake fluid. You will need tubing, 3/16" i.d. Also the following: a helper and a box wrench. This is usually 7mm but replacement brake cylinders may have 1/4" or 5/16" brake valves. So choose the appropriate wrench for your brake valves.

Take off the brake reservoir master cylinder cap. Check the brake fluid. If brake fluid is dirty it must be replaced with new brake fluid.

Loosen the bleeder valve first at the wheel cylinder that is the furthest away from the master cylinder. This will be the rear right or the rear left, depending on the location of the brake reservoir in your particular Beetle.  Loosen this brake valve slightly in preparation so you know it is easily manipulated.

Apply the box wrench to the valve and put one tubing end over it. The other end of the tubing should be submerged in the container of brake fluid. It is best if this container is clear plastic or glass. Get a helper to pump the brakes slowly to pressurize the system and then have him or her push down on the brake pedal and hold it down.

Now open the bleeder valve slowly, to begin the flow of brake fluid. The brake pedal will lower and air bubbles should exit the tube. Tighten the brake valve and have the helper return the pedal to its regular position. Keep doing this until there are no more air bubbles in the container. Clean fluid should come out of the valve and then you can tighten the brake bleeder valve.

Repeat this at the other rear wheel and then the two front wheels. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder which should be refilled to the mark on the reservoir.

 

Other Brake Work Instructions

We offer a dvd on brake work which is quite thorough. Also listed are a couple of brake instruction booklets. Typical old fashioned Beetle owners might prefer the printed shop manuals to dvd's. There is no better information on brake work than is contained in the reprints of the original Beetle shop manuals. These are the "Bentley Manuals" and we list them in the 'books and literature' section.


Classic Volkswagen Beetle parts for the following years: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979