Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Semi-Independent Rear Axle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the rear wheels.
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  5. On 1993-99 Golf and Jetta vehicles, disconnect the parking brake cables at the lever.
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  7. Remove the rear brake caliper or drum.
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  9. Disconnect the brake line and remove the caliper or back plate (with brakes attached) from the vehicle.
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  11. Disconnect the other end of the brake line and unclip the brake line and parking brake cable from the axle.
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  13. If equipped, unhook the brake pressure regulator spring from the bracket.
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  15. Support one side of the axle beam so it does not fall and remove the lower shock mount bolts from both sides.
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  17. Unless that is the part being repaired, avoid removing the axle bushing brackets. Removing these will mean aligning the rear bushings upon reassembly.
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  19. Remove the bolt from the center of each bushing and lower the axle from the vehicle.
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To install:

If the axle beam mounting brackets were removed from the axle beam, the brackets must be aligned. Position them so that they are at 12°to the axle beam. Then tighten the pivot nuts.

  1. Install the axle but do not tighten the bushing bolts yet. They should be tightened with the vehicle on the ground to properly align the bushings.
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  3. Install the brakes, connect the hydraulic lines and bleed the brakes.
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  5. With the vehicle on the ground, tighten the right side axle bushing bolt first, then pry the left side bushing slightly towards the center of the vehicle and tighten the left side.
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  7. Tighten the axle bushing bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm) and the lower shock mount bolts to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
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