[Vwdiesel] Dasher diesel wagon questions

82 Diesel Westy dieselwesty at yahoo.com
Wed May 9 11:57:37 EDT 2007

Sounds like the bettle axles we just did a few weeks
ago on the 70 type1 resto we are doing.  The snap ring
is not a normal snap ring, it does not have the holes
at each end of it to grab with snap ring plyers, it is
just an angled taper and you are forced to use 2 small
screw drivers to get in there and move it out of the
grove.  It can be tight up against the inner CV joint
hub that holds the 6 balls.  It was not fun doing this
on the axle off the bug.  We did this of course just
to replace all the CV boots, good thing we are not
factoring how much time we are spending on this resto,
we would be losing money like our gov.t does by the

Good look, if you have the room, you should be able to
get it.  It still took a good effort to get the inner
cv joint hub off the shaft even with the clip off, by
the way, but maybe 81 dasher is better.

Bryan, NJ
--- LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 5/9/2007 12:12:07 AM Pacific
> Daylight Time, 
> toensing at wildblue.net writes:
> > the VW or Bentley manual which did not describe
> how to remove it. 
>   One thing a lot of people don't realize is that
> the Bentley isn't a 
> Haynes manual. It's not made as a DIY manual, it's a
> reprint of the 
> factory repair manual, which is meant for career
> mechanics.  Thus 
> a lot of basics that beginners to even pro status,
> non-vw 
> mechanics are not aware of.  It doesn't seem to be a
> "complete" 
> reprint either as I've noticed some things that are
> in the factory 
> manual that aren't in the Bentley.
>   No need to pull the axle shafts out to do the CV
> boots.  Just 
> pop the ball joint from the steering knuckle, pull
> the CV nut (first) 
> swing out the knuckle then remove the CV.  Being an
> '81 there's 
> good odds that a few blows with a hammer (non-steel
> preferred) 
> will pop the CV joint off the axle and you can
> clean, repack and 
> replace.  Earlier ones do have a snap ring in one of
> the 5(?) 
> ball recesses where they meet the shaft.  One is cut
> out for 
> access, the others aren't.  Those are a little more
> challenging,
> hold the snap ring open WHILE tapping the joint off!
>   I almost never have my snap ring pliers handy when
> doing a 
> front wheel bearing and end up doing it with a pair
> of screwdrivers.
> As said, finesse is more the trick.  Break it loose
> first too or you'll 
> fight it forever.
>      Loren
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Bryan Belman, Pt Pleasant, NJ
04 Jetta Wagon TDI PD, 100hp, 5sp   -- running :)
82 Diesel Westy 1.9NA               -- running :)
92 Jetta Eco-Turbo Diesel           -- not running yet <:>
90 Audi 200, 2.2L Turbo FWD         -- runs some times, need to sell :(
70 Type 1 stock Beetle              -- Not running well :(

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