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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 1st, 2012, 15:45   #1
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I have searched and can't seem to find the information I need regarding CV joint replacement or swapping from one axle to another. Any guru's out there who can help me out? Thank you in advance
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Old April 1st, 2012, 19:09   #2
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Nobody knows how to rebuild cv joints/axles?
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Old April 1st, 2012, 19:46   #3
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I replaced all my half shafts, straight forward job, If you need a video to watch, You tube it, replacing VW mk4 axle. Rebuilding them is messy. New half shafts come with everything you need.

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Old April 1st, 2012, 20:23   #4
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Where did u source them from?
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 14:59   #5
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Nobody knows how to rebuild cv joints/axles?
Its pretty easy. Inner just has a C clip that comes off and the joint comes right off the shaft. The outer gets hammered off and on. If you take the joint apart, make sure to mark the races before as they have to back the exact same way.

I don't understand why people buy entire axles when rebuilding them is so darn easy.IMO, its harder to get the axle off the car.
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From metalman parts, good service good prices.

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Its pretty easy. Inner just has a C clip that comes off and the joint comes right off the shaft. The outer gets hammered off and on. If you take the joint apart, make sure to mark the races before as they have to back the exact same way.

I don't understand why people buy entire axles when rebuilding them is so darn easy.IMO, its harder to get the axle off the car.

Is it ok to hammer the joint back on the axle while its on the car?
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Thats what I figured....
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Nobody knows how to rebuild cv joints/axles?
I know for a fact there is a video how to on You tube somewhere. Doesn't look to be that difficult really.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 18:06   #11
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Whats the mileage on your car out of curiosity and why the sudden focus on CVs? Did you check them? I had - what I thought - was CVs going. Ended up being strut mounts that were gone.
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Axle boots crack on VW's regularly. Keep an eye on them, replace them as needed, and the axle should last indefinitely. If my axles ever give out, I'll be replacing them with rebuilt ones from raxles ONLY. Almost all aftermarket ones (i.e. <$500 each side) are junk.
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What brand grease are you guys using when you rebuild? The Vw grease is a bit expensive, is there a suitable alternative?
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Old April 4th, 2012, 21:28   #14
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Here are the two links i looked at when i did mine. It really is an easy job, just messy and time consuming. From my experience definitely mark the cv joint like is shown and i found that keeping the bearings in their correct positions helped out in re-assembly as well. like i said messy and time consuming, most people are just to lazy to do it.

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http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...V-Boot-R-amp-R

http://volksweb.relitech.com/cvjoints.htm
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All suspension parts are brand new. I discovered my outer cv joint didn't have the retainer clip on it when I was doing my wheel bearings as it slid off the end of the shaft and only the boot was holding it on the axle. I thought maybe the clip had come off inside the joint but I searched inside the cv boot with a magnet and couldn't find the clip. So I'm assuming its not in there and hasn't been. I thought it was probably time to reboot grease and reassemble the right side. CV joints seem to be quiet no vibration or anything so thinking they are good?
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