Brake pedal adjustment

Asked by Aug 08, 2015 at 09:09 PM about the 1977 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently purchased a 1977 Beetle convertible. Great car, great shape. Only 71K miles. My biggest issue is the height of the brake pedal( relative to the gas and clutch) and how far I it travels before the brakes light up, or I even feel them working. I have to lift my leg quite a bit to access the brake which I very award.

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It is possible that someone has replaced the brake master cylinder and didn't adjust the rod properly, as far as pedal travel it is governed by the brake lining travel, so check the brakes themselves and if good then re-adjust the linings to just when they drag slightly. It maybe a good idea to bleed the system just to make sure there is no air in the system, you never know what you may find out on a rig you just bought until you check things over. Good luck on your new purchase.

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