Audi Cars 1999-05

Control Arms & Links

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Removal & Installation



All Wheel Drive

Upper Control Arm

To remove the upper control arm, refer to the rear strut removal procedures. proceed as follows:

Lower Control Arm

  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the ABS speed sensor cable from the control arm.
  8.  
  9. Drain the brake hydraulic fluid into a suitable container.
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  11. Place a suitable container beneath the line and disconnect the brake line at the metal line to flexible line junction near the brake caliper.
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  13. Remove the strut-to-control arm mounting fastener.
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  15. Remove the parking brake cable.
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  17. Matchmark the rear camber eccentric washer to the control arm, then remove the fastener.
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  19. Remove the control arm-to-subframe mounting fasteners, then remove the control arm.
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  21. Installation is in reverse order of removal. Note the following:
  22.  
    1. Install new fasteners and torque the control arm-to-strut in 2 steps:
    2.  


      Step 1: 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm)
       
      Step 2: 90° ( 1 / 4 turn)
       

    3. Tighten the control arm-to-subframe in 2 steps:
    4.  


      Step 1: 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm)
       
      Step 2: 90° ( 1 / 4 turn)
       

    5. Tighten the control arm-to-bearing housing eccentric adjuster to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
    6.  
    7. Bleed the brake system.
    8.  
    9. Check and adjust the alignment as necessary.
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