Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Track control arm - removal, overhaul and refitting
Suspension and steering / Track control arm - removal, overhaul and refitting


Removal
1 Loosen the front roadwheel bolts, jack up the front of the vehicle and support on axle stands (see УJacking and vehicle supportФ).

Remove the roadwheel(s).

2 Where applicable, remove the anti-roll bar.

3 Unscrew and remove the track control arm balljoint clamp bolt at the wheel bearing housing (see illustration). Note that the bolt head faces forwards. Tap the control arm downwards to release the balljoint from the wheel bearing housing.

7.3 Track control arm balljoint and clamp bolt
7.3 Track control arm balljoint and clamp bolt

4 Unscrew and remove the pivot bolt from the front inboard end of the track control arm (to subframe) (see illustration).

7.4 Track control arm pivot bolt
7.4 Track control arm pivot bolt

5 Undo and remove the track control arm rear mounting bolt and remove the bolt, together with the strut. Withdraw the split sleeve from the bolt hole using suitable pliers.

6 Pivot the track control arm downwards at the front and withdraw it from the subframe at the rear mounting, levering if necessary.

Overhaul
7 With the track control arm removed, clean it for inspection.

8 Check the balljoint for excessive wear and the pivot bushes for deterioration. Also examine the track control arm for damage and distortion. If necessary, the balljoint and bushes should be renewed.

9 To renew the balljoint, first outline its exact position on the track control arm. This is important as the relative positions of the track control arm and the balljoint are set during production and the new balljoint must be accurately positioned when fitting. Unscrew the nuts and remove the balljoint and clamp plate. Fit the new balljoint in the exact outline and tighten the nuts. If fitting a new track control arm, locate the balljoint centrally in the elongated hole.

10 To renew the front pivot bush, use a long bolt, together with a metal tube and washers, to pull the bush from the track control arm. Fit the new bush using the same method but to ease insertion, dip the bush into soapy water first.

11 The rear mounting bonded rubber bush can be removed by prising it free. Failing this, you will need to carefully cut through its rubber and steel sections to split and release it by driving it out. The latter course of action should only be necessary if it is badly corroded into position.

12 Press or drive the new mounting bush into position from the top end of the control arm whilst ensuring that it is positioned correctly (see illustration).

7.12 Correct fitting position for mounting bush in control arm
7.12 Correct fitting position for mounting bush in control arm

Opening A to be located on inboard side of vehicle

Refitting
13 Refitting the track control arm is a reverse of removal.

14 Delay tightening the pivot bolts until the weight of the vehicle is on the suspension.

15 Have the front wheel camber angle checked and if necessary, adjusted by a VW dealer.


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