Vanagon – rear drum brake helpful image

I found this image on the Samba a while back, I think it was posted by Alaric. It’s a very helpful image to have around when you are working on the rear drum brakes. I know I get confused what goes where and in what orientation.


  1. #1 by mariusstrom on March 24, 2015 - 8:15 pm

    This is handy but it doesn’t show the critical orientation of the brake adjuster. Bentley’s exploded picture of the rear drum is pretty spot-on.

    • #2 by albell on March 25, 2015 - 3:17 pm

      Hi Marius,

      You mean the socketed forks at each end of the adjusting rod? Yes, the image is not helpful for that. I need to make an addendum.



      • #3 by mariusstrom on March 25, 2015 - 8:37 pm

        Yep, the forks at each end, as well as the fact that the adjusting rods have a left/right affinity. Left-hand thread goes on the right side of the car.

      • #4 by albell on March 25, 2015 - 8:43 pm


        You know what gets me confused with the Bentley. It’s the orientation of the drawings. Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what side etc.

        I think it’s is time for a sketch, and the Bentley diagram to go with the image I posted



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