VW Passat & Audi A4 1990-2000

Upper Track Control Arms

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
A4 Models & 1998-00 Passat Models
  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle, and remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the pinch bolt and pull both control arms upward and out.
  6.  
  7. Cover the steering gear boot.
  8.  
  9. Remove the guide link ball joint and press off the joint.
  10.  
  11. Detach the ABS wheel speed sensor wire front the bracket on the brake caliper.
  12.  
  13. Support the suspension from excessive rebound travel.
  14.  
  15. Remove the lower strut mounting bolt.
  16.  
  17. Swing the wheel bearing housing aside.
  18.  
  19. Raise the hood and remove the rubber grommets from the plenum chamber.
  20.  
  21. Remove the upper strut-to-body mounting nuts.
  22.  
  23. Remove the strut together with the mounting bracket.
  24.  
  25. Clamp the strut in a vise with the protective jaw covers.
  26.  
  27. Remove the upper link bolts and detach both of the links.
  28.  
  29. Remove the bracket-to-strut mounting nuts, and then separate.
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Fig. Exploded view of the front suspension-A4 models



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Fig. A tie rod end removal tool is useful for removing the upper and lower ball joints as well as tie rod ends



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Fig. Make sure to have the control arm(s) properly positioned before tightening the bushing mounting bolt(s)

To install:

  1. Position