The constant velocity joints (CV-joints) can be disassembled for cleaning and inspection but they cannot be repaired. All parts are machined to a matched tolerance and the entire CV-joint must be replaced as a unit. On Golf, GTI, Rabbit and Jetta, the CV-joints are different on the left and right sides and cannot be interchanged.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the halfshaft.
- Pry open and remove the boot clamps with a pair of wire cutters.
- With the halfshaft securely clamped in a vise, the outer CV-joint can be removed by sharply rapping out on the joint with a plastic hammer. The joint will snap off of the circlip and slide off the axle.
- To remove the inner joint, remove the circlip from the center and slide the joint off the axle.
- Both boots can be removed after removing the CV-joint
- Always replace both circlips and make sure the CV-joint is clean before installation. Wrap a piece of black electrical tape around the shaft splines and slip the inner clamp and the boot onto the shaft.
- Remove the tape and install the dished washer with the concave side out so it acts as a spring pushing the CV-joint out. On the outer joint, install the thrust washer and a new circlip.
- To install the outer joint, place it onto the spline and carefully tap straight in on the end with a plastic hammer. The joint will click into place over the circlip.
- To install the inner joint, slide it onto the spline and push in enough to allow the circlip to fit into the groove in the axle shaft.
- Pack the CV-joint with special CV-joint grease. DO NOT use any other type of grease.
- Pack any remaining grease into the boot and install the clamps on the outer boot.