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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Loosening and tightening threaded connections of drive shaft

Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual / Running gear, axles, steering / Front suspension, drive shafts / Drive shaft / Loosening and tightening threaded connections of drive shaft

Special tools and workshop equipment required
   
Socket, 24 mm -T10361A-
 

Loosening and tightening threaded connections of drive shaft

Angle wrench -V.A.G 1756 A-
  Caution
Wheel bearings must not be subjected to load after bolt securing drive shaft to wheel hub has been loosened.
If wheel bearings are loaded with weight of vehicle, bearing will be damaged. This reduces the service life of the wheel bearing.
It is not permissible to loosen drive shaft bolt more than 90° if vehicle is standing on its wheels.
Do not attempt to move the vehicle without the drive shafts fitted as this would damage the wheel bearing. If a vehicle nevertheless has to be moved, comply with the following:
Install an outer joint instead of the drive shaft.
Tighten outer joint to 120 Nm.
Loosening twelve-point head bolt
–  To avoid damage to wheel bearing, do not loosen 12-point bolt using 24 mm socket -T10361A- further than 90° with vehicle still standing on its wheels.
–  Raise vehicle so that wheels are off the ground.
–  Have second mechanic apply brakes.
 

Loosening and tightening threaded connections of drive shaft

–  Remove twelve-point head bolt -arrow-.
Tightening twelve-point bolt
–  Renew twelve-point bolt for outer end of drive shaft.
  Note
It must be ensured that the wheels do not yet touch the floor when the drive shaft is being tightened. Otherwise the wheel bearing may be damaged.
–  Have second mechanic apply brakes.
–  Tighten twelve-point head bolt to 200 Nm.
–  Lower vehicle onto its wheels.
–  Turn twelve-point head bolt 180° further.
 

Loosening and tightening threaded connections of drive shaft

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