Volkswagen Drum Brakes Shop Shots
Happy Shop Shots day everyone! I am back in the shop after having a few days off. It is always tough to get back in the groove. Okay, let’s get this show rolling!
Lightning Strike On a CarThis picture came to me from a buddy. As you might guess, that is a circuit board from a module. This is the central electrics module. It is one of the main computers in the car. The customer was driving the car, and BAM lightning stuck it. It melted part of the car’s roof, and fried 3 module. Thankfully the customer was not harmed. Well, not physically anyway. I know if that was me, I probably would need a few days to recover. I can’t even imagine what that was like
Volkswagen Drum Brakes Shop ShotsWe are going a little old school today. This is the first car I worked on today. What you are looking at is a rear drum brake on a 1997 VW Cabrio. I was replacing the parking brake cable. Check out all the springs and clips that drum brakes have.
I remember when I first started. One of the guys in the shop told me to take my drum brake tools home. He said we never mess with drum brakes. About a week later, I had to rebuild a set of drums on a Golf. HA, glad that I am stubborn. A quick tech tip when it comes to rear drum brakes. Do one side at a time. That way if you get the springs mixed up, you can just compare to the other side.
Shop Shots CarbI thought it would be fun to keep with the old school theme today. 😉 This is not a Volkswagen carburetor. This is the carb from my 4wheeler, and the reason that there was not a post yesterday. I was in the process of selling my 4wheeler. It had a dead battery so I had not ridden it in a few months. I picked up a new battery, to the tune of $80 btw, and popped it in. It fired right up, SUCCESS!
Well that was until I gave it some throttle. It would just shut off. I messed around with it most of the day yesterday. Finally I just gave up and brought the carb to work. completely disassembling it, and cleaning it. I really hope that this fixes it. Another quick tech tip, working on a magnetic tray is perfect for things like this!
Finally today we have a Reader’s Rides submission. Check out Mathew’s Golf! I love love love those seats! If you want to have your car on Readers Rides, just email me some pictures and a description to Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com!
I come from a family of Volkswagens, my Golf is the 13th consecutive VW purchased in my family. I learned to drive in a B3 Passat and have been in love with hatchbacks/wagons ever sense.
Without further ado, here’s the details:
2000 Golf 2.0L – 151,000+ Miles
  • Unitronic Stage 1+ ECU Software
  • 22lb Flywheel
  • Sachs VR6 Clutch
  • Techtonic Tuning 260/268 Sport Cam
  • ABD CAI with K&N Cone
  • Audi TT Pedals
  • GLI Brushed Aluminum Trim (door handles, pulls, radio cage, & E-Brake)
  • GLI Shift boot with Euro Sport Edition shift knob
  • Custom Rebadged JOM Honeycomb grill
  • 10mm Rear Spacers, 7mm Front Spacer
  • 28mm Rear Sway Bar
  • Bilstien OE Sport Shocks with H&R OE Sport Springs
  • Helix LED Tail lights with rear fog
  • ECS Lower Grill Fog Lights
  • GLI Recaro Seats
  • Custom Pinstripe Headliner
  • Rebuilt Headlights with dual LED blinkers
  • Pioneer AVIC F-900BT Headunit
  • 3-spoke GTI steering wheel
  • 17″ Santa Monica Alloys, wrapped in Falken Ziex 912s (215/45 ZR 17 87W)
Soon:
  • 12″ Alpine Type-S, 2Ω + 2Ω, SWS-1222D
  • JL Audio JX-500:1 Class-D Mono Amp
Not the best pics, but there they are…
Mathew
Reader's Rides Shop Shots
Reader's Rides Shop Shots
Reader's Rides Shop Shots
Reader's Rides Shop Shots

6 replies
  1. Pat McCloud
    Pat McCloud says:

    Good tip on doing one side at a time with drum brakes. I have had that fail me once, I don’t remember the car, but it had different parts on each side so I couldn’t use the other side as a guide.

    A good cleaning and a carb kit will probably get your 4 wheeler running like new. Carbs have a tendency to get gummed up if they sit with old gas in them for a while.

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    • Charles
      Charles says:

      @Pat That is weird about the different sided drum brakes. I would be really mad if I ran into that HAHA.

      I got the carb all cleaned and it runs like a CHAMP! Now sadly I am selling it tomorrow. 🙁

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