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I just tossed out a pair of MKIV steering knuckles. I always kept a pair around when I was doing  a lot of the MKIV VW's I would just install new bearing AND hubs and just swap them out with the bad customer units. I made tooling many years ago for pressing them apart and back together. Always use a new nut and torque them by the book. 

Step #1...Tighten to 221ft lbs

Step #2...loosen one turn

Step #3...Tighten to 37ft lbs

Step#4... Tighten an additional 30deg

I'd you don't tighten in the proper steps you will significantly shorten the bearings life.

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On 5/26/2020 at 2:14 AM, livingez_123 said:

I just tossed out a pair of MKIV steering knuckles. I always kept a pair around when I was doing  a lot of the MKIV VW's I would just install new bearing AND hubs and just swap them out with the bad customer units. I made tooling many years ago for pressing them apart and back together. Always use a new nut and torque them by the book. 

Step #1...Tighten to 221ft lbs

Step #2...loosen one turn

Step #3...Tighten to 37ft lbs

Step#4... Tighten an additional 30deg

I'd you don't tighten in the proper steps you will significantly shorten the bearings life.

221 ft lbs???

 

Bentley manual has:

148 ft-lbs

loosen 1/2 turn

turn wheel 1/2 turn

tighten to 37 ft-lb

Tighten additional 60 deg.

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Finally got around to replacing the front wheel bearings in my golf tonight.  Not a bad job with the right tools.  Bought a slide hammer and wheel bearing press so I could do it on the car.  Worst part of the whole job was getting the race off the hub.  Had to heat it with a torch for a while to get it so I could pull it off.  First one went really easy.  2nd one, the puller kept slipping off for some reason.  Finally got it after really heating the race.  If I do it again on this car, I will just buy new hubs at $30 from Cascade German.

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55 minutes ago, carl20320 said:

Finally got around to replacing the front wheel bearings in my golf tonight.  Not a bad job with the right tools.  Bought a slide hammer and wheel bearing press so I could do it on the car.  Worst part of the whole job was getting the race off the hub.  Had to heat it with a torch for a while to get it so I could pull it off.  First one went really easy.  2nd one, the puller kept slipping off for some reason.  Finally got it after really heating the race.  If I do it again on this car, I will just buy new hubs at $30 from Cascade German.


Yeah, it’s not worth the fight to get the old race off. I’ve been thinking about making a puller for this but the hubs are so cheap...

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15 hours ago, carl20320 said:

Finally got around to replacing the front wheel bearings in my golf tonight.  Not a bad job with the right tools.  Bought a slide hammer and wheel bearing press so I could do it on the car.  Worst part of the whole job was getting the race off the hub.  Had to heat it with a torch for a while to get it so I could pull it off.  First one went really easy.  2nd one, the puller kept slipping off for some reason.  Finally got it after really heating the race.  If I do it again on this car, I will just buy new hubs at $30 from Cascade German.

Is it internal or external race ? If internal weld a bead down the middle about 1/4 of the race let cool it will shrink and fall out. You’re welcome 

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Is it internal or external race ? If internal weld a bead down the middle about 1/4 of the race let cool it will shrink and fall out. You’re welcome 
Unfortunately, that will not work for this. The race that comes of when you pull the hub is external on the spindle. As the 2nd pic shows, there is not much for a puller to grip either. The is only the little gap where the seal sat. b2d5adb49ae56b686e04c3bf170abf67.jpgef036f44fdb26e6f37f27543fdd86707.jpg

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FInally got around to going in to get an alignment after rebuilding the entire suspension and lift (haven't been driving the car).  Turns out, just like we encountered on Ivan's car, the tie rods are too long.  I had to come home, take the tie rod end off, and cut 1/2" off both tie rods.  I get to go back tomorrow and hopefully that will be enough.  It was easy enough but sure is frustrating that what are supposed to be the correct parts have to be shortened.  Gave me a chance to install the new fender liners since the old ones were in multiple pieces along with mudflaps since the car only had one to begin with in the front.  Also cleaned out a couple pounds of dirt from behind what was left of the old fender liner..

 

Ivan's got aligned first as he had to head in to work so he is good to go.

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I should also change the name of this thread as well since as of Sunday, Neither car has a bison hole in the door.  When I decided to make the "donor" car a driver, I found a fender and door that were the correct color and actually in much better shape than the ones on the donor car for $50 each.  Got those installed and then Monday morning, we swapped out the glass since his has a really dark tint.  Not too bad other than the center divider in the rear window was a bit of a pain, along with the little plastic push pin expander that holds the glass in place on the regulator.

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Heck keep this up and you’ll have two new cars 👍

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