Sick VW Beatle convert


#1

I just got my Beatle back from a 20K check up where they changed oil, flushed the brake fluid, etc. After driving 2 miles, white smoke came from both front wheel wells and it was difficult to accelerate. Are the brake calipers stuck? And if so, should I make the mechanic replace them or what should I be sure that they do to correct the problem? (I wasn’t having the problem when I brought the car in for its check up.) have they shortened the life of my brakes?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.


#2

It sounds like your brakes are dragging now. If they were smoking you should have the dealer replace every single part that got overheated.
I very much doubt that any of those brake parts are safe to drive with anymore.


#3

There is a very important question here… what year?

There’s a lot of old air-cooled beetle convertables driving around with disc brakes, which are of course completely different cars from the new ones.


#4

Oh… 20K checkup… probably new.


#5

The car is 4 years old. I bought it new but only drive it about 5,000 miles per year. I arranged for a tow back to the dealer and when I drove it out of the garage this morning, it was fine. So does this help diagnose the problem? Now I’m afraid the dealer will say there is nothing wrong. But, I am assuming that overnight the calipers released and would lock again if I started to drive and use the brakes. Would that be a correct assumption?
thanks


#6

There may be something wrong with the master cylinder. Maybe the bypass valve.
What likely happened is that the brakes dragged a little which made them heat up and expand and drag even more. Now they are cooled down and relatively loose.
Ironically, I had exactly the same thing happen (smoke and all) to a '64 Beetle I used to have. Once it cooled, the brakes worked again. The parts still needed to be replaced though. I had it towed too.