|This surprising experience
happens when the handle comes up so far that the ratchet inside runs
out of teeth to catch it. The handle comes up too far because the
rear brakes that the emergency brake operates are too far out of adjustment.
But before you adjust the rear brakes lets get the button back in
place. To make this job a little easier you might want to loosen the
brake cables a little. I usually just pull the boot off and replace
it when I am done.
|Now you should be able
to lift the handle all the way up. If the button and rod came all
the way out it goes back with the half round hook shape down. Be sure
the spring is on the rod.
|The pawl that engages
in the ratchet section usually flips upside down with the round end
|With the handle all the
way up push the button in about ¼. Then with a small
screwdriver or whatever push the round end of the pawl back up into
the hook in the end of the rod. (I practically have to stand on my
head to do this) You may have to move the button in and out a little
to find the right spot.
|When it is in the hook
you can push the button in and the ratchet end of the pawl will be
sticking out the bottom of the handle and the handle will be working
again if you let off the button. Just don't pull it up again yet.
|Now lift the back of the
car and adjust the rear brakes. (Remember to tighten the adjusters
one at a time all the way then back off until the wheel just turns
by hand.) Now go
back inside and pull the handle up two clicks (3 clicks on 73
and newer). Then tighten the cables evenly until the wheels again
turn with little hand pressure. On the later bugs try to keep the
compensating lever horizontal. (If one cable seems to be much longer
than the other it may be out of the grove in the bottom of the handle
or beginning to break)
|Both wheels should lock
up at 4 or 5 clicks. In the future when you notice that it is taking
more than 5 clicks you will know that it is likely time to adjust
the rear brakes again. Just another one of those little things you
can do yourself. See this on Vol.4 of the Bug Me Video Series.