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  • masa2097
    masa2097 - 1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 7/4/2012
    Bad wheel bearing or cv joint?
    So I have had an ongoing issue with an almost constant squeak coming from my drivers side wheel. Thought it was my brakes but replacing the pads and rotors did not fix it. The sound begins once I have been driving a mile or two when things are warmed up and only ...
    • Jimm
      7/4/2012 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / dry wheel bearing, faulty / worn CV joint or axle bearing. The clue is; the noise stops when the brake pedal is pressed - this almost certainly is the wheel bearing - the brake application will 'load' the wheel bearing causing the noise to stop.

      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inpect and replace the front wheel bearing or hub assembly.
      7/4/2012 masa2097
      I was really hoping it was not the bearing as they are the pressed kind and I'm unsure if they can be repacked. Not to mention the need for a press and my extreme budget. Thank you for the info, greatly appreciated.
      7/7/2012 masa2097
      Wanted to follow up and let you know that it was in fact the bearing. Thanks again
  • ny1max29
    ny1max29 - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 6/25/2012
    How much does it cost to fix tire rods? And is wheel alignment required?
    Tire rod noise on drivers side only.
    • Jimm
      6/25/2012 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts; tie rod ends. Any time the front end components are replaced - you'll need a wheel alignment.
  • pastorqriss
    pastorqriss - 2007 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 6/19/2012
    Why would my steering suddenly become stiff and hard to steer?
    The steering wouldn't turn freely anymore as if the power steering has become manual
    • Jason
      6/19/2012 Jason
      The most common cause is loose or broken drive belt.
  • jan
    jan - 1995 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 6/14/2012
    How do I know if brake seal is leaking
    right side makes ticking noise when wheel is turned to left. oil mark under car behind wheel
    • monteur
      6/14/2012 monteur
      The ticking noise is coming from the right outer cv joint. The boot is broken causing the grease to spill out as you drive.
  • gilly
    gilly - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 5/20/2012
    My car squeaking that I can hear from the inside (especially if weather is above 60 but cannot hear on the outside.
    Very horrendous sound when hit a speed bump
    0 answer
  • fash
    fash - 2004 Volkswagen Touareg - Steering & Suspension - 5/19/2012
    What is the size of stabilizer bushing for 2004 Touareg
    I need to change the bushings for the front and rear stabilizers but I don't know which size to order.
    • Jimm
      5/19/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. They (Rock Auto) list the stabilizer bar link set - including bushings - for around $15.00 each (front or rear) - depending on the application; whether 2 or 4 wheel drive.
  • loco
    loco - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 5/2/2012
    Is it possible to align the rear tires?
    The tires are loose on the inside
    • Dodge hemi
      5/1/2012 Dodge hemi
      No you he a machine
    • monteur
      5/2/2012 monteur
      NO.Problems with rear tires can be caused by bad shockabsorbers,unbalanced tires,bent suspension components or even worn wheelbearings and bent wheel rims.Also tires can become out of round.
  • phil
    phil - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 4/27/2012
    When to replace
  • Bigshorty
    Bigshorty - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 4/27/2012
    Does each power steering hose connected to the rack&pinion steering use inner & otter washers?
    I just replaced the rack&pinion steering ,but it contines to leak from the hoses connected to the rack&pinion .
    • Jay Giron
      4/27/2012 Jay Giron
      Did you replaced the washers and fasteners?
      washers and fasteners need to be replaced with dealer parts.
  • socloudy
    socloudy - 2011 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 4/17/2012
    How to Get Good Car Repair Advice
    When you need car repair advice, where do you go? The internet? Ask friends or family? The public library? An auto parts store? A dealership service adviser? Your local repair shop? Where you search for car repair advice and whom you ask may or may not get you the ...
    0 answer
  • Jordan
    Jordan - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 4/4/2012
    What causes uneven tire wear? If I replace shocks would I need to replace coils or struts
    Tire wear and shocks
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/4/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Please describe if the outer or inner or innermost part of your tire is wearing out? Depending on the wear i can give you an idea what to do.

      Source: Been aligning my cars, lowering them, changing shocks from the past 10 years, changing damper settings etc.
  • ks
    ks - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 4/1/2012
    Grinding sensation
    Ok, I had the right rear hub changed and no need for alignment. Still feel a grinding vibrating sensation on the gas pedal and floor boards. What could be wrong?
    • monteur
      3/31/2012 monteur
      Check the exhaust system for stretched or broken hangers.These could cause the exhaust to sag and make contact with the subframe or the center crossmember.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/31/2012 HouseCallAuto
      I agree with monteur about the exhaust system rubbing the floor. You did not by chance have a catalytic converter replaced did you? Because the clearance between the cat and the floor is not alot and I see this happen when the cat is replaced and is either the incorrect one installed by mistake or it is misaligned or a broken support.
      4/1/2012 ks
      No, didn't replace that part. But, guy left the jack under the car when he let it down then had to jack the car back up to get it. Now it feels like something is grinding, rubbing or vibrating.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/1/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You just diagnosed it with your last statement. Something got bent, probably the exhaust system has been bent slightly and is now rubbing. I do not believe in coincidences.
  • Pedro
    Pedro - 2002 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 3/30/2012
    My power steering is making a loud noise when I turn the wheel I just replaced the power steering pump what's wrong??
    It's annoying
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/30/2012 EG9 K20A3
      There is probably air trapped in the steering hydraulic system and causing the pump to cavitate. Raise the front tires off of the ground, start the vehicle and turn the steering wheel one direction all the way to the steering stop. Then go all the way back the other direction. Repeat two or three times.
  • ks
    ks - 2004 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 3/26/2012
    I feel vibrating through gas pedal. Why?
    Why do I feel vibrating through the gas pedal at freeway speeds?
    • Jimm
      3/26/2012 Jimm
      Several possibilities; ignition misfiring, clogged fuel filter, clogged air filter. Start with the least expensive filter replacement first - unless these have recently been replaced.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this).
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires