[Vwdiesel] Tie rods/wheel bearings on a Mk2 Jetta

brian hoeft qweblog at gmail.com
Wed Jun 2 11:57:44 PDT 2010


If your into DIY, the links you posted are a nice deal. Being too busy
otherwise, I recently had a half-handy customer get those particular spindle
assemblies and he only called me for suggestions a coulpe times, but he had
a mk3 w/ABS..

If your gentle removing the splines (axle) from the hub you can zip tie it
away and not mess with the XZN (triple square) bolts.

the links you posted regarding the tie rods are a fair price too considering
they are complete assemblies. but if your going this route its going to be
tricky if even possible, to loosen&tighten the inner joint to the rack with
standard hand tools. I have a special tool that looks like a paper towel
roll with locking crowsfeet into one end that makes this task a breeze, but
for minimal use would be cost prohibitive..

i would strongly recommend avoiding makeshift methods for pressing bearings
in & out of spindles. I have seen these methods vary drastically in results,
but for a first timer, very risky. not to mention dealing with inner race
from hub removal..

couple other notes: anti seize paste and medium threadlocker you should
buy.. torque tight but not broken..  I prefer to tighten the axle nut
moderately as the tire touches the ground (before road weight) again when
fully loaded and once more after rotated 180 degrees.. I have nice air tools
but dont use them all that much. Oh, aerokroil by Kano labs is the best
penetrating oil ive ever used.



On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 1:48 AM, Marco <nwmarco at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Yes, the entire hub/knuckle assembly is $110 each
> http://www.partsplaceinc.com/products/product-detail.aspx?s=339&sku=11566
> Tie rods are $40.
> http://www.partsplaceinc.com/products/product-detail.aspx?s=347&sku=2067
> Of course I'll need the 30mm axle nut socket and the 12pt 8mm CV bolt tool
> too...
> $300 for parts, $16 or so for the tools, plus shipping and core charge for
> the knuckles.
> I'm sure my spindles/etc. are all old and worn out so replacing the entire
> assembly seems like a reasonable step at this point.
> Then I would still need to have it all re-aligned, even if I'm super
> careful to note all the positions on disassembly.
> Cheers,
> Marco
> ________________________________
> From: Erik Lane <eriklane at gmail.com>
> To: LBaird119 at aol.com
> Cc: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
> Sent: Tue, June 1, 2010 7:56:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Tie rods/wheel bearings on a Mk2 Jetta
> Though he said that he could get the whole "bearing assembly" so he
> wouldn't need a press. The only way I can think of not needing a press
> to replace a wheel bearing is if you're getting the whole hub/knuckle
> whatever you call it assembly. That could easily push the price up to
> $400...
> On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 7:00 PM,  <LBaird119 at aol.com> wrote:
> > In a message dated 6/1/2010 6:35:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> > nwmarco at yahoo.com writes:
> >
> >> I can get all the parts for about $400 to do both bearings/tie rods.
> >>
> >
> >  Should be able to get tie rods and bearings for about $25 each
> > ($100) and new boots for <$5 each.
> >    Loren
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