Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

King Pin

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 The kingpin carrier is mounted onto the suspension arms with shims to compensate for differences in production tolerances. For 1949-60 models, use 5 shims at each position; for 1961-69 models, use 3 shims at (A) and (C), and 5 shims at (B) and (D)



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Fig. Fig. 2 To remove the steering knuckle, remove the brake components and backing plate ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... then separate the outer tie rod from the steering knuckle arm



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the pinch bolts and nuts ...



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Fig. Fig. 5 ... then slide the mounting pins (A) out while opening the housing (B) with a prybar (C)



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Fig. Fig. 6 Remove the steering knuckle from the two torsion bars



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Fig. Fig. 7 When working on the steering knuckle and king pins, lay the parts out to prevent confusion

Only 1949-65 models are equipped with king pins. 1966-69 models are equipped with ball joints.

  1. Loosen the front wheel lug nuts and brake drum center nut while the vehicle rests on the ground.
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  3. Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
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  5. Remove the front wheel.
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  7. Remove the brake drum and brake components, including the backing plate.
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  9. Remove the two pinch bolts and nuts from the steering knuckle, then remove the two mounting pins. Drive the pin bushings out of their bosses with a hammer and drift.
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If the pins are damaged while removing them, they must be replaced with new ones.

  1. Remove the steering knuckle from the two torsion bar ends.
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  3. Position the steering knuckle in a padded vise and drive the king pin out of its boss.
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  5. Separate the spindle from the knuckle.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. When installing the knuckle-to-torsion bar pin bushings, make certain that the grease holes in the pin bushings are aligned with the grease fittings in the knuckle housing.
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