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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual / Running gear, axles, steering / Rear suspension, drive shaft / Rear axle / Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

Special tools and workshop equipment required
   
Torque wrench -V.A.G 1332-
 

Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

Engine and gearbox jack -V.A.G 1383 A-
Lower subframe with attachments.
–  Loosen wheel bolts.
–  Raise vehicle.
–  Remove rear wheels.
–  Unbolt brake calipers on both sides of vehicle and suspend from body.
–  Remove springs → Chapter.
–  Remove rear silencer of exhaust system → Rep. gr.26.
Vehicles with vehicle level sender
 

Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

–  Disconnect connector -1- from vehicle level sender -2-.
Continuation for all vehicles
 

Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

–  Unplug electrical connector -1- from ABS speed sensor on both sides and move clear.
–  Unplug electrical connector -2- from electromechanical parking brake motor on brake caliper on both sides.
–  Detach electrical wiring harness from retainers -arrows- and move clear.
 

Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

–  Pull out retaining clip -1- on both sides of vehicle.
–  Free brake lines from holder.
  Note
Do not open brake line.
–  Disconnect propshaft from rear final drive, and secure it → Rep. gr.39.
 

Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

–  Use tensioning straps -T10038--1- to strap vehicle to support beams of lifting platform on both sides.
  WARNING
If the vehicle is not strapped down, there is a great danger that the vehicle will slip off the lifting platform!
–  Fix position of subframe → Chapter.
–  Carefully lower subframe with attachments about 20 mm.
–  Disconnect connector on Haldex coupling above final drive.
 

Lowering rear axle, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive

–  Unclip brake line -1- from clip -arrow- on left side.
  Note
The clip will be destroyed and must be renewed.
–  Lower subframe with attachments about 140 mm.
Installing subframe with attachments
Install in reverse order of removal, observing the following:
Specified torques
→ Chapter „Assembly overview - subframe, multi-link suspension, four-wheel drive“
→ Chapter „Torque settings for wheel bolts“
Exhaust pipes double clamp → Rep. gr.26.
Propshaft → Rep. gr.39
On vehicles with vehicle level sender, carry out basic settings for wheel damper electronics → Vehicle diagnostic tester.
On vehicles with vehicle level sender, carry out basic adjustment of headlights → Electrical system; Rep. gr.94.
–  When does wheel alignment have to be checked → Chapter?
 

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