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1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders
1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders

Car: 1991 VW Golf Mk2 1.8 Driver

Colour: Black

The brake pedal on this car was beginning to feel a bit soft. The brakes had been bled a couple of times already whilst we had had the car, but we already knew the rear brake cylinders/pistons were old and a bit suspect from the last inspection and so decided to take a much closer look at them.

The brake cylinders did seem to be moving freely enough to continue working, but a small amount of brake fluid did in fact appear to be leaking from the rear brake cylinders on both sides of the car. A brake system on a car that is leaking fluid simply cannot be ignored!

In the past the brake cylinders we have removed, have usually been seized up ones. Anyway we needed a new pair, so we went out and bought some cheap replacements from the local car shop. Even if only one side had needed a replacement, it is still always better to replace items such as tyres, suspension, and brakes by replacing them on both sides of a vehicle.

They did not cost much only costing a few pounds each, and were fairly easy to replace.

Because a leak had occured it's possible air was getting into the brake fluid and the brakes would require bleeding. Disconnecting the pipes and reconnecting them again to fit new parts, means that air will definately be in the brake pipes and there is no option but to bleed the brakes afterwards.

It's always worth replacing the brake cylinders, and really we should have done them far sooner on this car. A good clean-up of the drums and shoes is a must too, replacing any that need to be replaced.

After the brake system was bled, the feel of the brake pedal had firmed back up to what it should be like and braking was much better.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders
The rear drum brake.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders
With the cap, split pin and locking nut removed, the main hub nut was next to undo.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders
Sometimes it can require quite a bit of effort and levering to remove the rear drum, especially if your brakes have become seized in any way.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders
Before you ever dismantle the components inside the drum brakes it is well worth taking a metal note of the way it all goes back together! Better still take a photo, or do a small sketch that you will understand later. If you are opening both rear drums then you always have the one on the other side to look at if you do them one after the other. It's usually still tricky replacing the brake shoes and springs though!

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders
As we expected, we found a problem with the rear brakes. In this case both rear brake cylinders were seeping slightly, meaning that they were both overdue replacements.

1991 VW Golf Mk2 Rear Brake Cylinders
Here is one of the new brake cylinders after they were fitted.


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