Dismantling and assembly notes Dismantling

1. Remove front wheel and underside panel

2. Open combination connector on strut and pull out connectors.

Unclip wiring from strut. Remove rpm sen sor.

3. Disconnect brake pipe from brake hose at strut and unbolt brake caliper. Before carrying out this operation, press down brake pedal with pedal holder to prevent brake fluid from flowing in from the reservoir.

Cover or plug brake hose and brake pipe

(to avoid ingress of dirt).

Remove retaining spring from brake hose.

4. Remove brake cooling air duct from control arm.

Unbolt stabilizer mount from stabilizer bar and wheel carrier.

5. Undo lock nuts from tie rod ball joint and wheel carrier ball joint. Use Special Tool 9546 (Torx screwdriver) to prevent rotation when undoing the lock nuts.

6. Press tie tod ball joint out of steering arm. Use corresponding puller, e.g. Nexus 168-1 (No. 1) in conjunction with 12 mm cap nut (No. 2 / of Special Tool VW 267 a).



Start by turning tie rod towards the front (arrow). Then angle off ball joint (ball pin) ac cording to Figure and extend it this position.


7. Press off joint carrier (ball joint on wheel carrier) with separator (ball joint separator) - Special Tool 9560.


To prevent the rubber boot of the ball joint from being damaged, coat rubber boot and puller with tire assembly compound in this area. Then place puller into position from the front.


1. Assemble in reverse order. Before reassembly, check all parts visually, comparing with new parts if required. No welding or straightening is permitted on suspension components. Do not grease Dacromet-type nuts and bolts (aluminum color appearance). Observe tightening torques.


8. Remove strut and wheel carrier. Unbolt strut-to-wheel carrier bolt union (camber adjustment) only if components have to be replaced.

9. When removing the control arm, undo the joint carrier-to-control arm bolt union (caster adjustment) only if the control arm or joint carrier has to be replaced.

2. To avoid confusion when replacing components (993 and 964 parts and, in certain cases, right-hand and left-hand parts), observe parts usage acc. to spares catalog. In addition, check parts prior to assembly referring to the identification mark / casting number or the inscribed part number (identification feature).

993 parts = casting number starting with 993.

964 parts = casting number starting with 964.

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