[Vwdiesel] Are the axle Shaft assemblies different ?

Val Christian val at mongo.mongobird.com
Sat Jan 5 10:37:21 PST 2008

For what it's worth...I've told the story before about
a machine shop that pressed out a front bearing on a
81 Rabbit.  That front wheel bearing lasted about 20K.
I replaced it again and again.  Finally, I replaced the
spindle and hub, with one from a junk yard.  

That one got a new bearing, and lasted well over 100k 

Apparently the 50 ton press did something to the spindle and 
hub which kept causing failures.

So damage during WB replacement is not out of the question.

> Photo Bug wrote:
> > Are the axle shafts on the Caddy diesel different from the axle shafts on the Rabbit diesel?  I replaced the left front wheel bearing, wheel still locks up.  I have another Caddy, starts hard in the winter, so I may use its axle shaft assembly on the right side, so I can have something to drive to school on Monday morning where I teach Math and talk a lot about the advantages of diesel powered vehicles in the spare moments.
> >  
> > Thanks!
> > Tom Norris
> I think all the A1 chassis vehicles shared the same axle shafts.  Should all be 90mm 
> flange ends and the smaller (90mm) outer CV joint.
> Might be the front wheel bearing was damaged during installation.  If you don't take care 
> with where the bearing is supported and pressed in it can get messed up.  Over torquing 
> the nut should not hurt things.  I know of folks who race/autocross VWs that crank those 
> front nuts on at well over 200 ft.lbs.
> -- 
>    Roger
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