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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bearing Carrier Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

5 hours5 hrs

Tab:

$400

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30 Torx, two 21mm sockets, 18mm, 16mm wrench, 6mm Allen, M6 triple square

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

Wheel bearing carrier

Hot Tip:

Replace all hardware with new

Performance Gain:

Proper axle performance

Complementary Modification:

Replace front bearings

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 and/or bearing carrier.

To replace the wheel bearing carrier or housing you must first remove the brake caliper, rotor, the suspension coil or spring and the wheel bearing. Please see our article on all of these procedures for additional assistance.

Note: All the hardware on the suspension is single use only and must be replaced.

With everything described above removed, use a T30 Torx and remove the three T30 Torx screws and the dust shield (red arrows).
Figure 1

With everything described above removed, use a T30 Torx and remove the three T30 Torx screws and the dust shield (red arrows).

With the dust shield removed you can see where the bearing housing attaches to the trailing arm or link (red arrow), the upper transverse link (yellow arrow), the tie rod (green arrow), the shock absorber (blue arrow) and the lower transverse link )purple arrow).
Figure 2

With the dust shield removed you can see where the bearing housing attaches to the trailing arm or link (red arrow), the upper transverse link (yellow arrow), the tie rod (green arrow), the shock absorber (blue arrow) and the lower transverse link )purple arrow).

You will need to remove the wheel speed sensor from the carrier (red arrow).
Figure 3

You will need to remove the wheel speed sensor from the carrier (red arrow). Do not disconnect the wiring just remove it from the carrier.

Working from behind the carrier use a 6mm Allen and remove the single bolt holding the sensor in place (red arrow).
Figure 4

Working from behind the carrier use a 6mm Allen and remove the single bolt holding the sensor in place (red arrow). With the bolt removed simply pull the sensor straight back out from the carrier.

Next, you need to remove the 21mm bolt connecting the shock to the carrier (red arrow).
Figure 5

Next, you need to remove the 21mm bolt connecting the shock to the carrier (red arrow). Note: you must have removed the spring before removing the shock. If the spring has not been removed the shock will be under tension and damage and injury may occur. Do NOT remove the shock bolt without first removing the spring (yellow arrow, spring has been removed).

If you have not already removed the 21mm nut and bolt holding the lower transverse link to carrier, remove it now (red arrow).
Figure 6

If you have not already removed the 21mm nut and bolt holding the lower transverse link to carrier, remove it now (red arrow). Use two 21mm sockets and remove the nuts, washers and bolts connecting the tie rod (yellow arrow) and upper transverse link (green arrow) from the carrier.

Remove the top of the drop link from the carrier and trailing link by inserting a M6 triple square into the shaft of the link (red arrow) and use a 16mm wrench to loosen the nut (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

Remove the top of the drop link from the carrier and trailing link by inserting a M6 triple square into the shaft of the link (red arrow) and use a 16mm wrench to loosen the nut (yellow arrow).

Working from behind the carrier, remove the two'mm bolts holding the carrier to the trailing link (red arrows).
Figure 8

Working from behind the carrier, remove the two'mm bolts holding the carrier to the trailing link (red arrows). Be sure to support the carrier, since once the trail link bolts are removed the trailing link is free. Installation is the reverse of removal. The bolts connecting the trailing link can only be tightened once the other components are installed. The suspension must be unloaded to tighten everything. You must get the cars alignment reset after replacing the carrier.


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