Volkswagen Touareg 2004-06

Axle Assembly

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and properly support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove any skid plates under the vehicle necessary to access the rear axle housing.
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  7. Remove the bolts securing the mufflers to the pipes and their mounts. With the aid of an assistant, lower and remove the muffler and mount assemblies from the vehicle.
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  9. If no markings are present, matchmark the position of the rear driveshaft on the driveshaft flange.
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  11. Remove the bolts securing the driveshaft to the flange. Separate the driveshaft from the flange and tie it up out of the way.
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  13. If equipped, disconnect the differential lock motor.
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  15. Disconnect the left and right halfshafts (refer to the Halfshaft removal procedure) and tie them up out of the way.
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  17. Place a transmission jack under the rear axle housing.
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  19. Remove bolts and nuts securing the housing to the subframe.
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  21. Tip the housing up at the driveshaft flange. Lower the housing slightly and pull the breather line off.
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  23. Lower and remove the rear axle housing.
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  25. Installation is the reverse of removal. Always use new mounting hardware. Tighten the 2 upper mounting nuts to ft. lbs. (100 Nm), plus an additional 180° turn. Tighten the lower throughbolt and nut to ft lbs. (90 Nm), plus an additional 90° turn.
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