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Old August 24th, 2012, 11:21   #16
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No dealers use Bentley stuff. That is for the DIYr.

erWin would be the closest thing you could get to ELSAweb.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 12:08   #17
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Since you didn't specifically mention it: You are replacing the axles with OEM new or rebuilt units, correct? Most of the Chinese aftermarket axles cause annoying vibrations in gear at idle.

If you have aftermarket axles, think twice and then bring them back.
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Old August 24th, 2012, 12:11   #18
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Thanks for the heads up OH. I stand corrected!

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Old August 27th, 2012, 06:42   #19
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Since you didn't specifically mention it: You are replacing the axles with OEM new or rebuilt units, correct? Most of the Chinese aftermarket axles cause annoying vibrations in gear at idle.

If you have aftermarket axles, think twice and then bring them back.
I 've had really good luck with Autozone's stuff. We need to support Autozone or they'll end up with Advance garbage. The store I went to get these items was dead. Autozone is really trying hard to give us good products. The starter I just bought from them was remand in the US. I installed the right cv axle yesterday and no vibrations. The box said they were remand in Mexico. I don't buy any aftermarket Chineese products.

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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:23   #20
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Were they rebuilt VW OEM axles?
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Old August 27th, 2012, 13:24   #21
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Were they rebuilt VW OEM axles?
how would one know-see if I can find the VW logo stamped into it?
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Old August 27th, 2012, 16:21   #22
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if its an autozone axle, it won't be A Vw oem axle.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 17:55   #23
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how would one know-see if I can find the VW logo stamped into it?
I don't think that there is anything stamped into the axle tube. VW axles have a white label on them with the barcode and part number. If it was remanufactured, that will be gone, so there's no way to tell until/unless it starts vibrating. Good luck!
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Old August 27th, 2012, 22:30   #24
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It could be a Chinese axle reman in Mexico. Often the vibration shows up after 5000 miles if not right away with the non oem replacement stuff.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 06:12   #25
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I'll post up again in 5k and we'll see. Until I get junk from Autozone, I'll continue using them. I'm at 40k on their B4 starter.
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Old August 30th, 2012, 23:43   #26
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I just got axles from firestone. I needed them last minute for a road trip and they put them on the same day.
I haven't noticed excessive vibration at idle and the price was fair. Lifetime warranty on the axles and 1 year on the labor.
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I just got axles from firestone. I needed them last minute for a road trip and they put them on the same day.
I haven't noticed excessive vibration at idle and the price was fair. Lifetime warranty on the axles and 1 year on the labor.

Which on Chinese axles means a lifetime of replacing them.

You'd better get your old axles back if you can.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 07:24   #28
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See my other thread on ASR light after axle change. Maybe it was a big mistake to use the Autozone one: http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=362187
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:27   #29
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1. The bolt is 14mm in diameter, 72 mm long.
2. Run, do not walk away from Billco Motors. That is a single use stretch bolt
and it must be replaced. Unless, of course, you are willing to risk major
damage to your front suspension.
3. The part number is 4B0407643A. $10.00 at www.worldimpex.com.

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Just to avoid future confusion, the part number is correct, but the Bolt is definitely M16 x 1.5 x 72mm long. Not 14mm as shown above.
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Just to avoid future confusion, the part number is correct, but the Bolt is definitely M16 x 1.5 x 72mm long. Not 14mm as shown above.
Some are 14mm, some are 16mm. 190 ft-lbs + 1/2 turn for the 16mm, 115 ft-lbs + 1/2 turn for the 14mm.
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