B4 Passat - brakes rubbing on fuel filler neck!

Rick P.

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Barrie, Ontario
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'97 Passat, Tornado Red, RIP Feb 17, 2006
I just finished rebuilding the right rear brake caliper and noticed where the brake lever (the one that rests against the brake caliper stop) has been rubbing against the bottom of the fuel tank filler tube. It hasn't worn through (yet...
)but there's noticable scuffing where there shouldn't be any.

With full weight on the rear wheels it doesn't look I have that much free travel before the lever rubs (2" maybe). The back of my car seems to sit pretty high so I don't think my springs are worn out, this just looks like a bad design and / or poor fit of the filler neck.

I'll have to fiddle with it and see what I can do to keep things from getting worse. If you've got a B4 (mine's a '97) I suggest taking a quick look to see if this is happening on yours too.

Rick
 

car54

theGAME
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Woodbridge VA
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2002 Jetta
I have never seen another one rub.. so it sounds to me like your fuel filler tube might be hanging low or maybe your rear axle is bent?

I dont know, but somthing isnt right..
 

dieselgrandad

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Fond du Lac, WI
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1997 Silver B4 Passat
I'm not positive but I seem to remember that this was a recall issue several years ago ('98 or '99?). You might want to check w/a dealer.
 

Lug_Nut

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idi: 1988 Bolens DGT1700H, the other oil burner: 1967 Saab Sonett II two stroke
Just looked at my 96. The parking brake actuator arm is about an inch to the side of the fuel neck where it enters the side of the tank. I have lowering springs on so the fully laden height issue you mentioned shouldn't be a concern *IF* yours is undamaged and correctly mounted. The actuator arm has clearance above and below. The only way I'd get any contact with mine would be if the axle shifted an inch or more to the left or the tank shifted the same inch or more to the right. No signs of any contact on the tank even after 242,000 miles.
 

PSeyle

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Riverside, CA
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96 Passat Black
I was just under the RR wheel well tonight and I did notice some scuff marks on the front lower portion of the filler neck. I was not sure what they were from.

Also I had my 96 passat in for a recall on the E-brake. The added some sort of stopper thingy back there. so maybe that is what you need to do. Call VW and ask if there are any recalls on your VW.

I'm hoping that solved my abrasion problem.

I'm having a caliper stick for some reason, but that's for a new post!

-Preston
96 Passat TDI
 

Rick P.

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Location
Barrie, Ontario
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'97 Passat, Tornado Red, RIP Feb 17, 2006
Probably good advise - I'll do that.

Rick

Originally posted by PSeyle:
Call VW and ask if there are any recalls on your VW.

I'm hoping that solved my abrasion problem.

I'm having a caliper stick for some reason, but that's for a new post!

-Preston
96 Passat TDI
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