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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old December 10th, 2017, 16:56   #16
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I don't know why the different nut makes a difference, The pictures weren't there.
I know my top mounts are toast but I also bought the bearings which still do need the compressor to change.
If I'm pulling the strut everything on the top gets changed.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 06:59   #17
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I don't know why the different nut makes a difference, The pictures weren't there.
I know my top mounts are toast but I also bought the bearings which still do need the compressor to change.
If I'm pulling the strut everything on the top gets changed.
You can replace the bearing with the same technique. I have done it.

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http://www.fixmyvw.com/front-strut-b...fast-and-easy/
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Old December 11th, 2017, 08:47   #18
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I used the IDparts loaded control arms and had no issues getting them in place. They are only about $90 each, so it isn't much extra money if you are buying bushings and ball joints anyways. For me it was definitely worth the time saved not messing around with bushing r/r.

If you have an auto parts store nearby where you can rent the compressors, I would recommend having them on hand. The passenger side can be tricky with clearances because the longer axle will hit the subframe. You may manage without, but it is a bummer to get stuck in the middle of a job without the tools you need.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 10:23   #19
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I've installed two sets of new LCAs. Darn right side pretty still requires that you loosen up (or remove the bolts) for the ball joint (that go in to the LCA). I've also had issues with getting the rear bolts to line up: have resorted to using a cable-puller/come-a-long to pull it into alignment. Here's a picture I took when doing the daughter's wagon:



When I did my car (first one I did) I picked up a set of used LCAs for $40 and put new bushings in. Seems those LCAs went in a lot easier.

MyTurboDiesel.com has some good tutorials on doing suspension work. Likely some good ones around here too.
This is for putting control arms in? Somethin' ain't right.

When I did my control arms I just put them in with my hand, and did up the bolts. It was very easy.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 10:34   #20
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This is for putting control arms in? Somethin' ain't right.
When I did my control arms I just put them in with my hand, and did up the bolts. It was very easy.
Aftermarket Chinese LCA's?
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Old December 11th, 2017, 15:46   #21
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You can replace the bearing with the same technique. I have done it.

Better link, with pictures!

http://www.fixmyvw.com/front-strut-b...fast-and-easy/
Thanks for the link, now it makes sense.
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Old December 11th, 2017, 22:16   #22
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This is for putting control arms in? Somethin' ain't right.

When I did my control arms I just put them in with my hand, and did up the bolts. It was very easy.
Like I said (above), they weren't lining up well enough to get the rear bolts pushing into the bushing sleeves. No idea why, just that's what it was. No issues when I had wheel alignments done, and the cars work great.

LCAs are "designed" up in Canada (and sold through a company there?). I suspect the pieces are from China. If you're prepared to do what I have done it's not a big deal, though, for sure, I would prefer to not have to do it (but, I'm now done with suspension work for many years now- all cars are pretty fresh). All in all still faster than popping out and refitting new bushings.
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Old December 12th, 2017, 15:34   #23
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Has anyone used LCA's or upper strut mounts from NAPA??
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