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Old January 5th, 2019, 22:40   #46
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I don't think mine had a heat shield. I removed nothing and this is the view from underneath looking straight up:
https://goo.gl/nb9ez2
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Old January 5th, 2019, 22:51   #47
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Mine does not have a heat shield. I've removed nothing. https://goo.gl/iVp5TT
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Old January 5th, 2019, 23:33   #48
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I don't have access to your link.
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Old January 6th, 2019, 05:37   #49
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I don't have access to your link.
Sorry. Couldn't figure out how to share it properly from my phone. You should be able to see it now.
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Old January 6th, 2019, 10:30   #50
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Yep, your heat shield is missing. I remember being able to slide the axle flange to the right to what is shown on your picture. It gave me the room to get it out.
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Old January 7th, 2019, 09:49   #51
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Yep, your heat shield is missing. I remember being able to slide the axle flange to the right to what is shown on your picture. It gave me the room to get it out.
So to the right of what is shown in the picture is toward the front of the car. I definitely tried that because that area (up and toward the front of the car) seems to give it the most clearance to move, but I will give it another attempt after work tonight.
Although I didn't mention it in my first post, this car is a 5-speed conversion (AFN transmission), and I believe the 5-speed axles are different from the auto axles in some ways. Does that make any difference?
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Old January 7th, 2019, 14:32   #52
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Yes I angled the flange to the right towards the front of the car.
I am not familiar with the manual trans, but I did read it requires specific manual trans axles. So hopefully you have the correct axle there and not an axle that is longer.
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Old January 8th, 2019, 19:30   #53
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OK so after a second night of wrestling with this thing, I finally was able to remove it. No amount of moving the flange end up and toward the front of the car would allow the axle to clear the hub. What worked for me was I put a floor jack under the hub. As I raised the hub, the flange end dropped and eventually it was able to slide out under the transmission.

I will caution anyone who does this to be extremely careful. First make sure the car is safely supported on a good jack stand. Then as you raise the hub (slowly), make sure that you don't lift the hub so high that the weight of the car transfers from the jack stand to the floor jack. That would make for a very unstable and unsafe condition.

Anyway somehow while fighting to remove it I managed to ding the female thread on the end of the axle. I need to hunt back through this thread and figure out what size tap I need to buy so I can clean up that thread. Other than that, I am just about finished.
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Old January 10th, 2019, 13:49   #54
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OK so after a second night of wrestling with this thing, I finally was able to remove it. No amount of moving the flange end up and toward the front of the car would allow the axle to clear the hub. What worked for me was I put a floor jack under the hub. As I raised the hub, the flange end dropped and eventually it was able to slide out under the transmission.
I just did this on another Passat. I was even able to do it without unbolting any ball joints!
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