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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 April 27th, 2010, 17:52   #1
Join Date: Nov 2003
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Default Ball joint/control arm replacement

I have decide to change the lower control arms and ball joints . My 03 Golf has 251,000 miles and when I go in reverse and hit the brake a hear a small clunk in the front right.

How hard is it to remove the ball joint form it's socket?

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Old April 27th, 2010, 17:55   #2
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Have you inspected the control arm bushings? I was getting some weird noises that went away with ne control arm bushings.

Removing ball joint is easy, I think but I live in the south where my car does not see salt.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 18:40   #3
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There is a nice how too on the ball joint. Leave the axle in and use the nut that holds it tight to force the ball joint out of the tapered spot. Don't forget the new bolts as they are stretch torque to yield (tty) bolts. I don't think you have to do the whole control arm. The ball joint and rear mount (converting to an audi TT rear bushing=solid rubber) is all that would be needed and it isn't that expensive either. Haven't done either but I have read up on them as I am planning on doing them latter this summer with shocks.
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