Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Bearing Housing/Knuckle

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NOTE
If the rear bearing housing (knuckle) is to be replaced, the hub must pressed out of the housing and the wheel bearing replaced.

Removal & Installation



All Wheel Drive (AWD) Vehicles
  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the wheel trim.
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  5. Loosen, then remove the halfshaft retaining bolt.
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  7. Slightly loosen the rear wheels.
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  9. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  11. Remove the rear wheel.
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  13. Remove the caliper mounting bolts and suspend the caliper from the body.
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  15. Remove the brake rotor.
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  17. Remove the splash shield.
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  19. Remove the ABS wheel speed sensor from the wheel bearing housing.
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  21. Remove the nut and bolt for the stabilizer bar connecting link to the sway bar.
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  23. Separate the track rod from the wheel bearing housing.
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  25. Matchmark the position of the eccentric washer for the lower control arm-to-wheel bearing housing bolt and remove.
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  27. Remove the wheel bearing housing-to-upper control arm mounting bolt.
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  29. Remove the halfshaft from the wheel bearing housing and remove the housing.
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To install:

  1. Install the halfshaft to the wheel bearing housing and hand-tighten a new retaining bolt.
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NOTE
The bolted connections between the wheel bearing housing and the suspension must only be tightened with the vehicle on the ground. Otherwise the bonded rubber bushings will be subjected to a torsional stress resulting in premature failure.

  1. Install the upper control arms to the wheel bearing housing and tighten the attaching bolt in 2 steps:
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    Step 1: 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm)
     
    Step 2: 90° ( 1 / 4 turn)
     

  3. Attach the lower control arm to the wheel bearing housing, then align the matchmarks and tighten the bolt in 2 steps:
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    Step 1: 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm)
     
    Step 2: 90° ( 1 / 4 turn)
     

  5. Install the brake rotor and caliper.
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  7. Tighten the caliper bracket-to-bearing housing mounting bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
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  9. Attach the track rod to the wheel bearing housing and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
  10.  
  11. Install the sway bar connecting link to the rear wheel bearing housing and, using new fasteners, tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  13. Install the ABS wheel speed sensor.
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  15. Install the wheel assembly and tighten the wheel lugs by hand.
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  17. Lower the vehicle, and tighten the wheel lug bolts in a 3-step crisscross pattern to 89 ft. lbs. (120 Nm)
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  19. Using a new M14 bolt, tighten the flanged halfshaft retaining bolt to in 2 steps:
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    Step 1: 85 ft. lbs. (115 Nm)
     
    Step 2: 180° ( 1 / 2 turn)
     

  21. The balance of the installation is in reverse order of removal.
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  23. Check the wheel alignment, if necessary, adjust.
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