Could be bushings. Does it sound like a creaking noise or like a dry rubber band stretching?
Check the ball joints, tie rod ends and every other moving part under there. VW uses non grease fitting parts. Replace them as they fail with grease-able MOOG parts and you'll never have to worry about it again. Moog guarantees the part and the labor to replace them for life... plus they can be greased.
Try your local shop where you buy parts, most carry them. I know Advance, O'Reilly, most NAPA carries them. You can also order some parts direct:
or 2008 Passat Specific:
Steering noises can be tough to pinpoint as the vibration or noise can resonate and travel through parts. If you can get the front off the ground and have someone slowly turn the wheels back and forth while you touch each and every part that can move, you'll feel it groaning. Or you can pay a shop $70 an hour to do it.
What I am thinking it is upper strut tower bearings. Good way to test this is have a friend help ya. Stick your hand between wheel and fender and grab the spring. Have your friend turn the steering wheel really slowly they don't hurt you.
If you feel like a grinding feeling in the spring when the wheel is betting turned that is a good sign to tell you your strut bearings are out. It will feel like its sorta catching a bit and also will make a noise typically.
Now its not a 100% thing but its a good way to get an idea.
PS: This happening mainly when driving around parking lots or parking I assume when you turn a lot at low speeds?
Last edited by Boosted2003!; 05-13-2012 at 01:36 PM.