How to Check Your Parking/Emergency Brake Cables VW

In this video we’ll show you how to check your parking brake cables on your Mk. IV Jetta, Golf, or New Beetle TDI.

Related Parts:

Parking Brake Cables

Transcript:

In this video we’ll show you how to check your parking brake cables on your Mk. IV Jetta, Golf, or New Beetle TDI.

  We’ve jacked up the car and we’re looking at the back of the wheel. This is the parking brake or E-brake cable. We have somebody in the car right now who is going to pull the cable for us so we can see if it moves as far as it should. This side actually looks pretty good. It’s moving all the way up and down and, more importantly, retracting all the way. The other thing we want to look for when we’re down here is to look at this line and check for any bubbles. You want to check the e-brake cable line, especially where it crosses the axle. Here is a common rust point, and this cable has a lot of rust. You can see that it’s built up by how the sheath has expanded a bit, and you can actually see the rest breaking through. It should be replaced as soon as possible.

  The last thing we want to look for is to see if the wheel spins freely when the ebrake is not engaged. This wheel spins well, so even though the cable is rusted, the ebrake is still within specification. Thanks again for watching.