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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Checking for leaks

  Note
The average air pressure of the earth's atmosphere at sea level is 1013 mbar and decreases steeply as the altitude increases (approx. 100 mbar/1,000 m altitude). Local and time fluctuations also influence vacuum generation.
A cold engine, a switched-on air-conditioning system as well as engine idling have an adverse influence on generation of a vacuum.
–  Before starting work, check all vacuum hoses for damage (e.g. cracks or marten bite) and to check that they are correctly and firmly attached
–  Connect brake servo vacuum gauge -VAS 6721- → Chapter.
–  Open cut-off valve -A-.
   
–  Close cut-off valves -B+C-.
–  Start warm engine (>60°C), press accelerator briefly (engine speed above 2,000 rpm).
Normally (see notes), the vacuum that is generated should be between 600 and 950 mbar (depending on engine size).
 

Checking for leaks

–  Open cut-off valve -C- to evacuate brake servo.
–  Switch off engine.
–  Read and make a note of measured value shown.
A vacuum decrease of 400 mbar in 12 hours is permissible.
If the vacuum decrease is greater, check for leaks in the vicinity of ...
1 -  Brake servo
or
2 -  Non-return valve of vacuum hoses with connectors and vacuum pump/suction pipe.
.
If there are large leaks, the vacuum decreases steeply within a few seconds.
Vacuum check in vicinity of brake servo:
 

Checking for leaks

–  After generation of vacuum, close cut-off valve -A- to check brake servo vacuum system.
Vacuum check in vicinity of non-return valve, vacuum hoses with connectors and vacuum pump or intake manifold:
 

Checking for leaks

–  Once vacuum has been generated, close shut-off valve -C- to check vacuum system from brake servo vacuum gauge -VAS 6721- to intake manifold or to vacuum pump.
Open cut-off valve -B- to facilitate removal of hose connections and adapter.
 

Checking for leaks

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