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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Stub Axle Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

4 hours4 hrs

Tab:

$70

Talent:

***

Tools:

30mm 12 point socket, breaker bar, 3 arm puller, bearing puller, 5mm Allen, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (1999-00)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)
VW Golf GTI GLX (2000-01)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2002-05)

Parts Required:

Stub axle and hardware

Hot Tip:

Buy, rent or borrow the right pullers

Performance Gain:

Proper axle performance

Complementary Modification:

Complete brake check up

If you are getting a sound from your rear wheels like a small jet trying to take off and it increases with the speed of the vehicle you may need a new rear wheel bearing. If the bearing has failed to the point of damaging the stub axle you will need to replace the stub axle as well. Note: Volkswagen considers the axle hardware to be single use only and new hardware must be used when performing this work.

Begin by safely raising and supporting your vehicle. Then remove the rear tires. Please see our article on safely raising and supporting your car. You will also need to remove the brake caliper, rotor and wheel bearing. Please see our article on removing your caliper, rotor and wheel bearing for further help.

With the wheel hub and bearing removed you can inspect the stub axle (red arrow).
Figure 1

With the wheel hub and bearing removed you can inspect the stub axle (red arrow). The stub axle should be smooth and even without any wearing, pitting, grooving or discoloration. The wheel bearing should fit tight on the axle and not turn around it. If the bearing has failed and was actually spinning on the axle it will need to be replaced. This axle is fine.

There are two components that will need to be or are removed in this procedure.
Figure 2

There are two components that will need to be or are removed in this procedure. The dust shield (red arrow) and the wheel speed sensor for the ABS braking system (yellow arrow). The dust shield is attached to the axle and will be removed with it. The ABS sensor is removed separately.

Remove the sensor by removing the 5mm Allen bolt (red arrow) from the rear of the axle mount.
Figure 3

Remove the sensor by removing the 5mm Allen bolt (red arrow) from the rear of the axle mount. The sensor can get corroded in place so use care when removing if you want to reuse it.

Remove the four 17mm single use bolts (red arrows, one already removed) holding the axle on.
Figure 4

Remove the four 17mm single use bolts (red arrows, one already removed) holding the axle on. Use care as when you remove the last bolt the axle and dust shield will fall off the mount.

This photo illustrates the stub axle removed (red arrow).
Figure 5

This photo illustrates the stub axle removed (red arrow). This axle is fine. Carefully clean the threads (yellow arrows) on the flange.

Use a wire brush and clean any rust and debris from the flange (red arrow) to give you a clean and flat mounting surface.
Figure 6

Use a wire brush and clean any rust and debris from the flange (red arrow) to give you a clean and flat mounting surface. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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