Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Lower Ball Joint

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INSPECTION



  1. To check the ball joint, raise and safely support the vehicle. Let the front wheels hang free.
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  3. Insert a prybar between the control arm and the ball joint clamping bolt. Be careful to not damage the ball joint boot.
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  5. Measure the play between the bottom of the ball joint and the clamping bolt with a caliper. Total must not exceed 0.100 inch (2.5mm).
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removal & installation



Fox
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Jack up the front of the vehicle and support it on jackstands.
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  5. Matchmark the ball joint-to-control arm position on the Dasher, Fox and Quantum.
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  7. Remove the retaining bolt and nut from the hub (wheel bearing housing).
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  9. Pry the lower control arm and ball joint down and out of the strut.
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  11. Remove the two ball joint-to-lower control arm retaining nuts and bolts on the Fox .
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  13. Remove the ball joint assembly.
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To install:

  1. Install the ball joint in the reverse order of removal. If no parts were installed other than the ball joint, align the matchmarks made earlier. No camber adjustment is necessary if this is done. Pull the ball joint into alignment with pliers. Observe the following torque's:

    Control arm-to-ball joint bolts-47 ft. lbs. (65 Nm)
     
    Strut-to-ball joint bolt-25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) for M8 bolts or 36 ft. lbs. (48 Nm) for M10 bolts
     

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  3. On the Golf, Rabbit, Jetta and Scirocco, bolt the new ball joint in place (bolts are provided with the replacement ball joint), and tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Tighten the retaining bolt holding the ball joint to the hub to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
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1990-94Cabriolet, 1990-92 Golf and Jetta
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle, allowing the front wheels to hang. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Remove the ball joint clamping bolt.
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  5. Pry the lower control arm down to remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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  7. Remove the ball joint-to-lower control arm retaining nuts and bolts or drill out the rivets with a 1 / 4 inch (6mm) drill. Remove the ball joint.
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  9. Install the new ball joint in the reverse order of removal. If no parts were installed other than the ball joint, no camber adjustment is necessary. Tighten the 2 control arm-to-ball joint bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) and the ball joint clamping bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta


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Fig. Remove the ball joint nut



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Fig. Use a brass drift to remove the pinch nut if it is stuck



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Fig. View of ball joint pinch nut and bolt



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Fig. Remove the ball joint to lower control arm bolts



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Fig. You may need to spread the knuckle-hub assemble to remove the ball joint



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Fig. When using a fork style ball joint separator be careful not to tear the boot on the ball joint



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Fig. A short pry tool may be all that is needed to separate the ball joint from the knuckle



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Fig. View of ball joint and lower control arm

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle, allowing the front wheels to hang. Remove the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Remove the ball joint clamping bolt.
  4.  
  5. Pry the lower control arm down to remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the ball joint-to-lower control arm retaining nuts and bolts or drill out the rivets with a 1 / 4 inch (6mm) drill. Remove the ball joint.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Install the new ball joint in the reverse order of removal. If no parts were installed other than the ball joint, no camber adjustment is necessary. Tighten the two control arm-to-ball joint bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) and the ball joint clamping bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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