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Re: [T3] ahhhhh right drive axle snapped off

On 16 Dec 2003 at 17:47, Corivus De Lan wrote:

> so I was driving last night in our 71 square to blow off some steam, no I
> wasn't doggin her I was drivin under the speed limit.  I heard a humm when I
> started her that night and when I turned the corner to go down our street it
> went ping cracklecrackle crackle the drive axle seperated clean from the
> wheel where it connects up, three bolts are fine but 2 are bent and stuck in
> there one I can't get out without a bolt cutter and the other I need to get
> a pry bar and the last one snapped inside.  thing is I have neither a bolt
> cutter or a pry bar, the lovely neighborhood kids stole it from my garage
> don't know which ones so I can't chase them down and throw things at them.
> anywho anyone know anyway to get the two bolts out without the bolt cutter.
> I can get a prybar but none of my friends have bolt cutters.

I gather that the axle didn't break, just the CV joint bolts, after they 
started to come loose. This is likely due to the fact that they weren't torqued 
to spec when the CV joints were last out.

I would take a hammer and band them back as straight as possible and then 
unscrew them with the proper metric spline driver. You'll probably eventually 
need an M8 x 1.25 tap to chase out the threads in the flange where they got 
distorted. You'll need to take off both CV joints on this side to get the work 
done; I find that plastic sandwich bags work well to keep the grease in and the 
dirt out when you're working on these.

You'll want to replace all 6 bolts on this side and be sure to torque all 24 CV 
joint bolts when you're done.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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