car repairs


Question by  mama65 (28)

How do I free up the brakes on a 1967 Volkswagen?

I have a Volkswagen van. Upon starting the van, the brakes have no "give", and I'm unable to apply pressure. How do I free them up?


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

I would pull all your wheels and soak the drums with penetrating oil and remove them. Then oil the internals until the pads move and un-seize from the drums.


Answer by  mikkie180 (167)

You either have air is the system or a leak somewhere. The leak can also be internal to the brake system, as in the master cylinder. Get a mechanic.


Answer by  Advisor (1032)

This is a common problem for older models; can easily be corrected by adding air to brake lines, then "bleeding" them for several pumps until you can easily apply pressure.


Answer by  Chris22 (95)

Remove one front wheel, locate nipple on caliper, remove nipple to drain fluid. Use pry bar if needed to work brakes loose from rotor.

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