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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual / Running gear, axles, steering / Front suspension, drive shafts / Subframe / Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

Special tools and workshop equipment required
   
Ball joint puller -T10187-
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

Torque wrench -V.A.G 1332-
Removing
–  Turn steering wheel to straight-ahead position and remove ignition key so that the steering lock engages.
Vehicles with keyless entry and start system “Keyless Access”
–  Switch off ignition and open driver's door so that the steering lock engages.
Only Golf GTE
–  De-energise high-voltage system → Rep. gr.93.
Continuation for all vehicles
–  Disconnect battery → Electrical system; Rep. gr.27.
Continuation for all vehicles
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Unscrew bolts -1-, and fold footwell trim -2- in -direction of arrow- towards vehicle interior.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Unscrew bolt -1- from universal joint -2- and pull off universal joint in -direction of arrow-.
  Caution
The following work must not be performed while the universal joint is separated from the steering rack:
Connect battery.
Switch on ignition.
Turn steering rack.
Turn steering column.
Not adhering to these instructions will result in irreparable damage.
–  Loosen wheel bolts.
–  Raise vehicle.
–  Remove wheels.
–  Remove lower noise insulation → General body repairs, exterior; Rep. gr.66.
For vehicles with natural gas engines
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Unclip natural gas line -1- from clip -arrow-.
Continuation for all vehicles
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Detach exhaust system bracket from subframe -arrows-.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Unscrew bolts -1- for pendulum support.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Unscrew nut -1- from coupling rod -3- on both sides.
–  Pull out coupling rod -3- from anti-roll bar -2- on left and right side.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Remove nuts -arrows- on left and right sides of vehicle.
–  Pull swivel joint out of suspension link.
–  Loosen nut on track rod ball joint but do not remove completely.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Using ball joint puller -T10187--1-, press track rod ball joint off wheel bearing housing, and unscrew nut.
  Caution
Leave nut screwed on a few turns to protect thread on pin.
Vehicles with vehicle level sender
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Disconnect connector -1- on front left vehicle level sender -G78- and/or front right vehicle level sender -G289-, as applicable.
Continuation for all vehicles
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Disconnect connector -1- for oil level and oil temperature sender -G266-.
–  If fitted, disconnect connector -2- on continued coolant circulation pump -V51-. Open locking mechanism -3- in -direction of arrow-, and release connector.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Pull wiring harness -3- clips -1- and -2- off subframe and steering rack.
Only Golf GTE
Unclip high-voltage cable from subframe.
Continuation for all vehicles
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Position engine and gearbox jack -V.A.G 1383 A--1- under subframe
–  Fixing subframe → Chapter and lowering approx. 10 cm.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Unscrew bolts -arrows-, and remove heat shield -1- from steering rack.
  Note
Different heat shields -1- are installed depending on the engine. On some engines it is possible to access the connectors for the steering rack without removing the heat shield.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Disconnect connectors -1- and -2- from steering rack.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Unclip wiring harness -1- from steering rack -2--arrows-.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Pull out spreader clip -arrow-.
–  Lower subframe with engine and gearbox jack -V.A.G 1383 A-.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

–  Secure subframe to engine and gearbox jack -V.A.G 1383 A- with the appropriate strap.
Installing
Install in reverse order of removal, observing the following:
  Note
Coat seal on steering rack with suitable lubricant, e.g. soft soap, before installing steering rack.
After fitting the steering rack to the universal joint ensure that the seal is not kinked against the assembly plate on the steering rack. The opening to the footwell must be sealed correctly. Otherwise, this can result in water leaks and/or noise.
Ensure sealing surfaces are clean.
–  On vehicles with vehicle level sender, carry out basic settings for wheel damper electronics → Vehicle diagnostic tester.
Specified torques
→ Chapter „Assembly overview - subframe“
→ Chapter „Assembly overview - wheel bearing assembly“
→ Chapter „Assembly overview - steering rack“
→ Chapter „Assembly overview - steering column“
Bolts for pendulum support → Rep. gr.10.
Bolts for noise insulation → General body repairs, exterior; Rep. gr.66.
Exhaust pipes double clamp → Rep. gr.26.
→ Chapter „Torque settings for wheel bolts“
If a crooked steering wheel is determined during the road test even though locating pins -T10486/1- were used, check wheel alignment. In this case the wheel alignment test results must be archived in the vehicle files.
 

Removing and installing subframe with steering rack, LHD vehicles, except for e-Golf

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