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Re: [T3] Front Axle

On 13 Oct 2004 at 11:58, Rus wrote:

>  with the other side (wheel) on the ground and the left side (wheel) off
> i could grab the disk brake and move the wheel WAY up and down. The
> play was coming from the upper left torsion? bar that is attached to
> the stabilazer bar.......LOTS OF PLAY.........NOw im not sure about the
> right side as im having problems with it also. 

I'm not sure whether you are actually talking about a lot of straight vertical 
play (rather unlikely,) or rather a lot of rocking play about a fore and aft 
axis (very likely.)

Try this: 

With all 4 wheels on the ground grab the LF wheel at the top and yank it 
sideways, side to side. Does it clunk side to side? Does the other side do the 
same? If so, get someone to do this for you while you stick your head on the 
ground in front of the wheel and look up at where the trailing arms come out of 
the axle beam. If you can see the trailing arm going in and out of the axle 
beam then the upper stabilizer bar is loose. Since it is loose you should feel 
the SAME thing with the wheels on BOTH sides. If you're not sure of what it 
SHOULD feel like, do the same test with a back wheel; they will be steady, 
although you will probably be able to feel the tire squirm sideways a bit.

The tire squirm is normal; the clunk is not.

If this IS your problem, let us know so we can tell you what you need to do to 
give you some chance at repairing it successfully.

If you don't find this to be a problem, let us know and we'll try for plan B. 
We'll need some more hints first.

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

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