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Wow, two satisfied customers.....

I'm on a roll!

And @KenTO, I don't recognize that small part in your hand in the photo.  I don't recall it from messing with my directional lever/switch (from a 1969 VW) nor could I see something like it looking at photos of directional switches at bugcity but regardless, nothing should be falling out of the steering column, not should the directional lever/switch be loose!  It's best to pull the wheel and look at the switch area to see what the hell is going on in there and fix it.

Hang on to that part - It might be important.  

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@KenTO posted:

Figured it out. There is a screw under the turn indicator, this part goes into the screw and allows it to attach to the steering column without slipping. Took me a few minutes to figure out. Caused a moment of panic because it just fell out, had no idea where it was from.

Look it up in the Grant's Atlas of VW bodies, you might find it  : )   Just kidding.

Don’t panic!  You haven’t lost anything and it is easily fixed.

Here is a drawing of what’s inside your ebrake lever:

40FFC321-588A-41DF-893B-69C7D09E7ED6That rod with the spring and black knob on it is #2, the pawl rod in the drawing.  The hook at the end of the rod fits over the top of the pawl, #8 in the drawing.  Sometimes, if the ebrake isn’t adjust right in the first place, the button on the pawl rod pushes the pawl too far and the ebrake lever is pulled up or pushed down too far and the pawl slips out of position, allowing the pawl rod to disengage and spring out of the lever.  This could have happened if someone (the trucker?) pulled up really hard on the lever - who knows...  It totally depends on how the thing was adjusted in the first place.

The fix is to take the vinyl/leather boot off of the ebrake lever so you can see what’s going on, release the lever all the way down, reach in to the inside of the lever and, with a screwdriver, maneuver the pawl into position to accept the pawl rod bent end over the top of the pawl to hold the two together.  Once that is done the spring on the pawl rod should pull the rod and pawl forward enough to engage the teeth, at the bottom of the pawl, with the gear rack (#5 in the drawing) in the ebrake base and everything should stay in place.  Typically, #5 is allowed to move a bit to allow everything to be assembled together.  If you can’t see how this all works you may have to remove the #9 lever retaining pin and take everything out to re-assemble it on a bench, but honestly, it’s easier to leave it all in there and play with different approaches til it all falls back together.

You may have to adjust the cable ends on the lever (#3 and #4 in the drawing) to insure that the pawl rod can’t slip off the pawl in the future, but you should be able to look down inside of the lever to see how it all works (it’s pretty simple) and figure out how to do that.

Buena Surete!


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The ever-vigilant Troy is right.  Looking at that diagram up above, if the pawl is left in the right position it can allow the #5 "Ratchet Segment" to fall out of the mechanism and you have to re-insert it (pay close attention to the diagram and you'll see how it goes).  There's nothing holding it in except for the pawl.   It has a horse-shoe shaped back end that fits around the lever pin #9 but nothing really holds it to the pin.  I suppose it's possible for that to fall out of position (maybe landing on the floor) so look around if you don't see it and put it back.  Use a small magnet to hold it in position while messing with the pawl/etc.  

The true "Madness" that Stan welcomed you to is that some of us actually know arcane stuff like how the e-brake lever works.  And have also gone through what you're going through.  

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Finally picked up the Speedster today after returning it for some fixes, needed a new signal switch from Greg at VMC and had a once over, big smile on my face  after driving it from the dealer. The front end is very light (no spare tire) but I like it, it gives it that "all the weight in the rear" feeling that is classic to Porsche. Fun times.

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