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    Thread: any DIY for removal/install of front axles?

    1. Member mach250's Avatar
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      10-08-2012 09:13 AM #1
      I've never done a job like this and I've been going through pages looking for it in the search.

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      10-08-2012 04:35 PM #2
      I JUST did this on Saturday and I was thinking about making a DIY, but I forgot my camera.

      There is one on raxles.com here.

      You need a 12mm triple square tool to remove the 6 bolts that hold the axle into the transaxle. You need a 17mm hex to break loose the huge stud holding the axle into the hub. A long breaker bar helps a lot.

      There is a decent DIY somewhere on the forum on a non-R MKIV. Hopefully someone can post it.

      The gist of it:

      - Break lug bolts loose
      - Jack car up
      - Remove wheel
      - Break loose 17mm hex bolt holding axle to hub
      - Mark position of 3 nuts (16mm?) connecting lower control arm to hub assembly, then remove them
      - Remove 6 bolts holding axle to transaxle with 12mm triple square.
      - Remove axle


      Installation of new is exact opposite. We did not find it necessary to undo the tierod end or the swaybar end link. The axle slid out without it.

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