Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Rear Wheel Bearings

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Adjustment



1990-94 Cabriolet, 1990-93 Fox, 1990-92 Golf, And Jetta
  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  3. Remove the grease cap.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and the locking nut.
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  7. While turning the wheel, so the wheel bearing does not jam, tighten the adjusting nut firmly.
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  9. Back the nut off slightly. The nut is properly adjusted when it is possible to pry the thrust washer side to side with some drag by using finger pressure on the tool.
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  11. Install the locking nut and a new cotter pin. When installing the cap, be sure it is securely in place.
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1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta


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Fig. A chisel with a sharp edge can be used to remove the dust cap



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Fig. Remove the dust cap



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Fig. Remove the cotter pin



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Fig. Use pliers to hold the end of a stuck cotter pin and then lightly tap the pliers with a hammer to remove the pin



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Fig. Remove the locking cap



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Fig. Most VW's have a 24 mm nut holding the rotor on the spindle



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Fig. Remove the nut holding the rotor on the spindle



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Fig. Remove the thrust washer



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Fig. View of the outer wheel bearing



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Fig. Remove the brake rotor



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Fig. Inner wheel seal and bearing



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Fig. Once the wheel bearing is thoroughly packed with grease it can be installed into the rotor



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Fig. The location of the race in the rotor



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Fig. Drive the race out of the rotor using a punch and moderate size hammer



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Fig. View of the race removed from the rotor



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Fig. Use a bearing and race driver to re-install the race. This tool can be found at most auto parts suppliers



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Fig. Work fresh wheel bearing grease into the bearing as shown



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Fig. Commercially available tools such as this one make bearing packing easier



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Fig. Install the seal using and appropriate driver

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the rear wheels.
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  3. On drum brakes, insert a small prytool through a wheel bolt hole and push up on the adjusting wedge to slacken the rear brake adjustment.
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  5. On disc brakes, remove the caliper.
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  7. Remove the grease cap, cotter pin, locking ring, axle nut and thrust washer. Carefully remove the bearing and put all these parts where they will stay clean.
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  9. Remove the brake drum or rotor and pry out the inner seal to remove the inner bearing.
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  11. Clean all the grease off the bearings using solvent. If the bearings appear worn or damaged, they must be replaced.
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  13. To remove the bearing races, support the drum or rotor and carefully drive the race out with a long drift pin. They can also be removed on a press.
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To install:

  1. Carefully press the new race into the drum or rotor. The old race can be used as a press tool but be sure it does not become stuck in the hub.
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  3. Pack the inner bearing with clean wheel bearing grease and fit it into the inner race. Press a new axle seal into place by hand.
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  5. Lightly coat the stub axle with grease and install the drum or rotor. Be careful not to damage the axle seal.
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  7. Pack the outer bearing and install the bearing, thrust washer and nut.
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  9. To adjust the bearing pre-load:
    1. Begin tightening the nut while turning the drum or rotor.
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    3. Tighten the wheel axle nut to 87 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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    5. When the nut is snug, try to move the thrust washer with a screwdriver.
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    7. Back the nut off until the thrust washer can be moved without prying or twisting the screwdriver.
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  11. Without turning the nut, install the locking ring so a new cotter pin can be installed through the hold in the stub axle. Bend the cotter pin.
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  13. Pack some grease into the cap and install it.
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