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Old 05-04-2011, 06:44 PM
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Default How to change right rear brake caliper?

I have a 99 VW beetle 2.0 that needs the passenger side rear brake caliper changed. I already picked up the new caliper and brake fluid. I've changed brage caipers on other cars in the past but I wanted to know if there are some Beetle specific things I should know.

1) Where do I pour in new brake fluid? I couldn't find the master cyliner?

2) Do I need to bleed all brake lines when the job is done or is it ok just to bleed the line going to the new caliper?

Any tips would be appreciated.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:00 PM
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The master cylinder is reachable after you take the airbox out. Like all car's it's mounted on the firewall on the other side of the brake pedal. That's just how the beetle is built, with the firewall way in back of the engine bay.

As a general rule, you should flush you brake fluid completely every 2-3 years. So i would recommended flushing the whole system if you have the time.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:30 PM
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i recently replaced my right and left rear calipers....they are perfectly strtaightforward...they have a bleeder valve you crack to bleed...really nothing special at do need a special tool to retract the will rotate the piston as it is wont bhe able to retract the piston without it.
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