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Re: [T3] type 3 frt end

On 26 Aug 2006 at 8:52, Tim Johnson wrote:

> hey all I had my square up on stands for a bit then took it down the pass 
> side has changed height .
> the tire looked tipped so I jacked it back up it appears that what ever use 
> to hold the lower arm has let it go
> if when in air I pull on bottom of tire the lower arm comes out
> now this car is not on the road but still need to be able to move it
> what is suppose to keep the arm attached is it like in a beetle and the grub 
> screw (in top of arm) is suppose to  or is the more/something else.

Okay, we're talking about the right front, right?

There are 3 possibilities:

The set screw that holds the lower arm onto the torsion bar is loose 
or gone. You can see the end of the torsion bar at the center of the 
lower arm, so if the arm pulls out leaving the torsion bar behind, 
that would be easy to spot. In that case, all you have to do is get 
the arm back in the right position on the spline (harder than it 
sounds) and put the screw back in.

The bolt that holds the far end of the torsion bar has fallen out. 
Look on the far end and see if that bolt is still there.

The torsion bar has broken. If both ends are still in place, but they 
can be moved independently, then they are no longer connected. The 
bar will have to be replaced. Note that L & R bars are different, and 
squareback bars are thicker than the others. Replacement is generally 

Look thru the front axle chapter in the Bentley manual for good 
illustrations of this assembly.

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

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