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Air Cooled VW 1950-1979 Brake Shoe Adjusting Star Wheel Reproduction Quality

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Part #: 384-511
VW Part #: 113-609-205-A
Availability: Out of Stock
Fits Years:
  • Bay Window Bus 1968-1979
  • Karmann Ghia 1956-1974
  • Split Window Bus 1950-1967
  • Standard Beetle 1950-1977
  • Super Beetle 1971-1979
  • Thing 1973-1974
  • Type 3 1962-1973
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1950-1979 Brake Shoe Adjusting Star Wheel Reproduction Quality

Your original Air-Cooled Volkswagen Brake Hardware has been subject to decades of abuse from corrosion, heat and the extreme pressures exerted by the braking system.

Make sure your brake hardware is in working order. This Reprodcution Quality Adjusting Star Wheel is inserted into the adjusting block on the backing plate and used with the Brake Adjusting Screw to tighten or loosen the brake shoes.

  • Sold Individually
  • Fits Front or Rear
  • 2 Per Wheel Required

What is the difference between OEM and Reproduction Quality?

  • OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Air Cooled VW Parts are often made in Germany. However, many German OEM suppliers have moved their production elsewhere in order to stay competitive in the current global market. When they do this the quality control still remains “OEM” standard. Examples: Boge and Sachs shocks are made in Mexico, Febi Ball Joints are made in Spain, FAG and SKF Bearings are made in Korea and other Asian countries, Bosch electrical products are often made in Brazil.
  • Our Reproduction (REP) Quality Air Cooled VW Parts are manufactured to replace, fit and function similar to the OEM Part. Reproduction Quality Parts are made in various countries. We offer the Reproduction Quality as a trusted, more cost effective alternative to the OEM Quality Parts.

Also known under these part numbers: (For reference only)

  • 113 609 205 A
  • 113-609-205-A
  • 113609205A
  • 686420240426

Air Cooled VW Typical Brake Adjustment

Mid America Motorworks 

Article used with Permission:

1.Raise the car and support it securely on jack stands. Release the parking brake.

Note: You need not remove the wheels unless you need the extra space to crawl under your car.

2. Depress the brake pedal several times, using firm pressure, to center the brake shoes in the drum.

3. Remove the rubber plugs from the brake backing plate (if they are missing, get new ones).

4. Using a flashlight, look through the hole in the brake drum and check the brake lining thickness. If the lining is 1/16" thick or less, replace the brake shoes. (See our Brake Shoe Replacement procedure.)

5. Insert the brake adjustment tool into one of two holes in which you can see the adjusting stars.

Note: The adjusting stars are accessed through holes in the brake backing plate; they are located on the bottom inside of the wheel on both the front and the rear.

Note: Some people use a large screwdriver to adjust the brakes. A large screwdriver doesn't work very well in this application, as it doesn't give you enough levering room before the handle hits the front suspension. A brake adjustment tool, especially designed for the purpose, is best; however, make sure the blade is narrow enough to fit through the holes in the backing plate to reach the adjusting stars. Note that the blade on the brake adjusting tool used on regular cars is too wide for use on VW brakes.

6. Turn the star wheel (in the direction indicated below) until the brake shoe slightly drags on the drum when the wheel is turned. Then back it off 2-3 clicks. Be sure to adjust both brake shoes.

Right-hand star -- turn upward to tighten.

Left-hand star -- turn downward to tighten.

7. Repeat Step 6 on all of the other wheels.

8. If you have disc front brakes, you won’t have to adjust them of course - disc brakes are self-adjusting.

9. If you're going to bleed the brakes, do it now while the car is elevated