Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Wheels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Loosen the lug bolts of the wheel to be removed. If they are seized, one or two heavy hammer blows directly on the end of the bolt head usually loosens the rust. Be carefully as continued pounding will likely damage the brake drum or rotor.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands. There are small indentations in the rocker panels to indicate jacking points.
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  5. Remove the lug bolts and remove the wheel.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. If desired, apply just a drop of oil to the threads to avoid seizing. DO NOT apply oil to the tapered head of the bolt or it will loosen when the vehicle is driven.
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  9. Torque the lug bolts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
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INSPECTION



Before installing the wheels, check for cracks or enlarged bolt holes. Replace any wheels as necessary. Remove any corrosion on the mounting surfaces with a wire brush. Installation of the wheels without proper metal-to-metal contact can cause the wheel lugs to loosen.

 
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