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Air Cooled VW 1965-1979 Brake Adjustment Hardware Axle Set

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Part #: 301-655
Availability: Out of Stock
Fits Years:
  • Karmann Ghia 1965-1974
  • Standard Beetle 1965-1977
  • Super Beetle 1971-1979
Prop 65
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1965-1979 Brake Adjustment Hardware Axle Set

Many times your Air-Cooled VW Brake Adjusting Screws are severely pitted and corroded, and while you can spend an hour or more cleaning and rebuilding them, our brand new specially plated Original Equipment Quality screws and nuts make the job a snap. We highly recommend the use of Anti-Seize on the Brake Shoe Adjusting Screws each time you replace your brake shoes and any time you have your brake drums off for any reason. This helps fight further corrosion and helps insure you can turn the adjusters as needed for maintenance.

  • 12 Piece Set
  • Does 2 Wheels
  • Front or Rear
  • Includes:
    • 4 Adjusting Screws
    • 4 Adjusting Nuts (Star Wheels)
    • 4 Rubber Brake Adjuster Plugs


1965-1977 Standard Beetle

1971-1979 Super Beetle

1965-1974 Karmann Ghia

1969-1979 Thing

1964-1973 Type 3


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