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    Thread: How to: DIY rear axle bushing replacement, MKIV

    1. 04-21-2007 02:53 PM #26

      you have to disconnect them......or you risk damaging them if something slips and weight comes down on the lines.
      here's a trick i alway use.....when you disconnect the lines, twist one of the rubber bleeder caps into the female opening.....it's a tight fit, but can be screwed in with a little force. this keeps all the brake fluid from gravity bleeding while you have the axle off....and makes less of a mess. This usually only requires a quick bleed of the front and then the rear. just my experiences and i have not had any problems with doing it this way. Ymmv.

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      05-16-2007 02:48 PM #27
      Any other feedback on how hard this job is to drop the axle?

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      05-16-2007 03:00 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by XM_Rocks »
      Any other feedback on how hard this job is to drop the axle?

      I would like to know as well. It seems pretty straightforward to me though.
      Unbolt brake line
      Unblot shock
      Unbolt axle beam from body (where the bushing is)
      lower axle beam
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      05-16-2007 07:19 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by VgRt6 »
      To anyone who has done this, did the new bushings make much of a difference?

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    5. 05-17-2007 04:56 AM #30
      are there any aftermarket bushings instead of using OEM ones? Some that will hold a little better?

    6. 05-18-2007 08:31 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by mescaline »
      are there any aftermarket bushings instead of using OEM ones? Some that will hold a little better?

      Aftermarket bearings...from Shine Racing or Bildon I think.
      PS shoudln't you be using some sort of grease instead of WD40? WD is penatrating fluid, NOT lubricant. I used WD to slide poly bushings onto a swaybar and it was a ngihtmare. Realized my mistake, switched to white grease and it slid on like a charm.

    7. 05-18-2007 10:27 PM #32
      Nice write up. It's a lot more different from the mk2/3 than I thought!

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      07-16-2007 08:30 AM #33
      As far as how to do this without dropping the axle.....guys, I just don't see any way around it. The bolt that goes through the bushings is what is holding the axle to the chassis. I suppose you could take out the bolts and drop it down a few inches, but then you'd be working upside down and have no leverage for, say, swinging the hammer.
      By the way, whoever suggested using a big bolt and some washers to draw the bushing into the housing -- that's a great idea! Wish I would have thought of it, but the C-clamp method still works.

    9. 08-04-2007 05:55 PM #34
      Awesome write up, wish i'd have seen it before taking this t**t of a job on. I did everything same as but used a set of spring compressors to pull the little bleeders in. I have to admit i didn't line up the bushes as per your diagram, does anyone know why the bushes have to be orientated like this apart from the obvious, 'cos it says so in the book'. Thanks

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      08-21-2007 09:21 AM #35
      May be doing this soon, any update on sources of new bushings?
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    11. 08-21-2007 04:11 PM #36
      Edited for correct link
      http://www.tdiparts.com/catalo...d=769


      Modified by DbLog at 12:56 PM 12-15-2007

    12. 08-24-2007 03:04 PM #37
      I did it with the 'bolt and hammer' method. Made a 'custom' spacer to keep the bolt from going crooked while wrentching on it.



      Modified by DbLog at 12:08 PM 8-24-2007

    13. 10-11-2007 12:26 AM #38
      Quote, originally posted by DbLog »
      http://www.tdiparts.com/catalo...d=669

      That link is for the FRONT control arm - the rear most bushing in the front LCA. This write up is for the rear axle beam bushings. Totally different parts/writeups.
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    14. 10-11-2007 02:16 PM #39
      My fault on the link. I know what this writup is for..I replaced my rear bushings. Everything else I said applies.

      Quote, originally posted by pair o’ dubs »
      That link is for the FRONT control arm - the rear most bushing in the front LCA. This write up is for the rear axle beam bushings. Totally different parts/writeups.
      m.

    15. 10-26-2007 10:18 PM #40
      hi Guys. I am new in this forum and this is my first post.
      I am replacing rear axle bushings. I bought some Energy Suspension poly bushes. Tomorrow i will fit the rear axle to its position but i do not know if the screws need to be tightened with a torque wrench. Can you help me with this, please?

      PS. is there a thread where i can introduce myselt or i just start posting an that's all?

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      12-14-2007 12:44 AM #41
      I am about to take on this project this weekend. After talking to a couple people who have done it. It can be done with out removing the beam.
      Just undo the front 2 bolts and the long bolts that hold it to the frame and have just the shock bolts on also support beam with a jack.
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      12-18-2007 04:24 PM #42
      Oh my goodness... my back is almost broke from hammering on the lip of that bushing. I was thinking, hey I can just leave it attached via the shock bolts and try to get it out. I'm glad I did not because it needs a HUGE amount of force to get the bushing out.
      Also, after pounding and pounding (still not out yet) I think I've realized that I DO have the rubber bushings after all (but I have been getting a major klunking noise back there, so it's gotta be the bushings fault).
      Anyone else try to take out a rubber bushing? I'm trying to use my normal hammer w/ a crow bar and I'm spent! I'm going to go pick up a cold chisel and Big Hammer tomorrow.
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      12-18-2007 05:48 PM #43
      Umm, your clunking could be shock mounts. Wayyyyyyy easier to change out as a first guess

    19. 12-21-2007 01:20 PM #44
      the bushings have to be put in this way due to they are designed to go in that way and the bushings are angled to go into the axle mounts one way and if you do this incorrectly you cant get the axle back in and it is a absolute whore to get these bushings out and back in with out destroying them or throwing a tool and cursing the gods for making you so stupid for doing this wrong

    20. 01-26-2008 11:38 PM #45
      Found this thread through google search.
      I know this is a MK4 car, has anyone replaced the rear axle bushings on a MK3 Jetta?
      I have an 99 A3 Jetta, that needs the bushings changed baded, it weavs on the highway and feel really loose when driving over the bumps, and when I push the car sidways at the rear door area, it swings sideways considerably, I can see the bushings are "gone" badly.
      I am thinking to change them, however, the proportioning valve is mounted on the rear beam axle, and I could not figure out a way to take it off without breaking it. There are 2 screws that hold the valve to a metal bracket that is weld to the axle bracket, but that 2 screws are very soft, easily get stripped.
      Has anyone taken the proportioning valve off successfully? What is your trick?
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      01-27-2008 03:42 PM #46
      I had to bring my A3 Jetta to the shop to get that proportioning valve off. It's real hard to do in the driveway....

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      03-04-2008 12:49 PM #47
      Quote, originally posted by enginerd »
      Btw the factory brackets that bolt to the car are slotted so that you can adjust even toe on each side.

      Anyone ever verify this?
      *edit: Bentley states "Individual toe values are not adjustable. Toe can, however, be equalized or balanced to a certain extent by by moving the rear axle beam mounting brackets slightly."


      Modified by .:RyouExperienced at 3:33 PM 3-4-2008

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      03-04-2008 09:27 PM #48
      Quote, originally posted by DbLog »
      I did it with the 'bolt and hammer' method. Made a 'custom' spacer to keep the bolt from going crooked while wrentching on it.


      Modified by DbLog at 12:08 PM 8-24-2007

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    24. 06-02-2008 02:56 PM #49
      Bump.
      For those that have done this, what kind of mileage did you have and was it a noticeable difference?

    25. 07-20-2008 03:17 PM #50
      Has anyone tried other bushings like the Energy stuff? I know that FastVWs also carries poly stuff.
      Regardless, what are the differences after the install
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