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  • 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.
      HouseCallAuto
      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
  • masa2097
    masa2097 - 1996 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 3/25/2012
    Are my wheel bearings bad?
    So I recently failed inspection because my mechanic said my front bearings were bad. He was able to move the wheels pretty easily. So I bought some tools to do the job and went to remove the axle nut and discovered that I could turn them with the tips of my fingers ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/25/2012 Jimm
      First step is to check the wheel bearings and front wheels for tightness and free play. Raise the front wheels and check for excess (more than 1/8" or so) side-to-side play. If noticeable loosness is felt at the wheels, then this may indicate the front wheel bearings need replacing. Another test is simply to slowly rotate the front wheels while listening for the wheel bearing noise; such as clicking or crunching sounds - this also may indicate worn or faulty wheel bearings.
      You may also simply tighten the wheel bearing hub nut (do not over tighten) to remove the excess play if the bearings are in good condition.
    • monteur
      3/25/2012 monteur
      Loose cv nuts would mimic bad wheel bearings. They could also cause excessive brake pedal travel because the looseness of the bearing allows the brake rotor to spread the brake pads further apart than they normally should be.
      monteur
      3/26/2012 masa2097
      Thank you for the info. I retorqued the axle nuts and sure enough the wheels seem tight again. However I have noticed that my drivers side front wheel chirps lightly as I drive, and gets louder if I gently press the brake; but goes away if I use the brake firmly. It looks almost like the caliper is touching the rotor now. I wont be sure until i take the wheel off. I'm hoping it's something I have to adjust rather than actually being the bearing. How long do wheel bearings last? 126k on the odo
  • mthood376
    mthood376 - 1988 Volkswagen Cabriolet - Steering & Suspension - 3/25/2012
    Car steers fine going down roads steering wheel play left to right none but movement up and down on wheel with a clunk
    also while parking loud clunking sound just had cv joints done both a couple months ago durring hard turns either direction
     
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  • mat69b
    mat69b - 1992 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 3/11/2012
    Car needs new cv joint was wondering if this year parts are interchangeable from 1 model to next?
     
    • Jimm
      3/11/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com to compare the part numbers and applications.
  • Sami
    Sami - 1997 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 3/11/2012
    How difficult is it to replace the high pressure power steering hose myself?
    1997 VW Passat TDI. 252,000 miles. Leaking power steering fluid through the hose. Pump is fine. Want to try and replace hose myself if relatively accessible.
     
    • TechSam
      3/10/2012 TechSam
      Go for it as long as you have the right tools and if accessible.
    • colin
      3/11/2012 colin
      very easy to do with patience and the right pipe type spanners ,when changed top up the system then turn the steering wheel hard left and hard right in each direction to bleed the system then top up again
    • Jimm
      3/11/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts. Be sure to replace both the pressure and return hose at the same time - in pairs - as they are usually the same age. When one hose leaks or fails, the other is not long after.
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on this website for the specific steps - including photos - for how to replace the power steering hoses.
  • Beka
    Beka - 2004 Volkswagen Touareg - Steering & Suspension - 3/5/2012
    Why does my car suspension start vibration when turning or maneuvering at low speed?
    It occurs all time, especially when going uphill
     
    • Spoon Sports
      3/5/2012 Spoon Sports
      First thing first, before you drive the car again, make sure your wheel lugs are correctly torqued If that's not it, I'm thinking a wheel bearing. possibly cv joint? did you hit any huge pot holes? If you don't mind getting just your hands dirty you can grasp the top of the wheel/tire firmly and yank it hard in and out (in and out as you face the wheel). If the bearing is really bad you will feel play in the hub as you yank the wheel.

      If that passes, later on when you are not in your lilly whites Jack the car up, secure it properly on jack stands and yank the wheel again as above (but not so hard you knock the car off the jack stands!). If the bearing is medium-bad you will feel the play in the hub.

      If the bearing is just starting to go the only way to tell really is to inspect the bearing itself. Not a clean job.
  • darcyjo
    darcyjo - 2008 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 3/5/2012
    How long can I drive my car safely if the cv joints are shot and making extremely loud clunking noise when turning?
    Is it unsafe to drive at high speeds if cv joints are shot even though it doesnt make a loud clunking noise when driving straight and fast? Only when I take sharp turns at low speeds do I hear the loud clunk
     
    • Jimm
      3/4/2012 Jimm
      Possibly - the noise and wear to the CV joints will only get worse with added mileage. Best to have the worn CV joints / driveshaft halfshafts replaced as soon as possible.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts.
      Jimm
      3/4/2012 darcyjo
      Thank You, Jimm. I appreciate you taking time to answer! I will need to take it into a shop. I am not mechanically inclined. Do you have any idea what that may cost at a shop??
    • Jimm
      3/4/2012 Jimm
      The actual costs may vary widely - even within the same locality and area - between adjacent and neighboring repair shops.
      Best to have several estimates; try the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on this AutoMD website - for starters. Also, take the time to review the actual repair - try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the Auto MD website. The repair guides show an actual constant velocity (CV) and axle shaft replacement from start to finish - this is an excellent method of learning more about this type of repair and what is involved.

      Be sure have any estimate presented; in writing - with full details; the parts, the labor, the warranty, the exact service - in plain language where you know exactly what you are paying for - with no surprises. If you do not understand any aspect - ask questions and be persistent until you have a full understanding of the work performed and the resulting surgery on your wallet!
      Do not be afraid to walk away - take all the time necessary to obtain several estimates from honest and reputable repair shops that; A) want your business for both the short and long term, and B) will help you understand the exact repairs you are paying for.
      By the way, be sure to have the written estimate include a wheel alignment along with the replacement CV axles repair / replacement. The alignment must also have it's own separate warranty independent of the repairs performed.
      Researching the parts cost is simple; try the following websites; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com. They (Rock Auto) list the CV halfshaft assemblies (right and left sides) from around $ 46.00 each for your vehicle. Of course, this does not include the labor nor alignment costs.
    • Gramboz321
      3/5/2012 Gramboz321
      well you can drive it until they break haha but its best to fix it before that so you save yourself a tow bill.
  • Johan
    Johan - 2006 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 2/25/2012
    What is wrong? Do I need to tow it in?
    I hit the curb. My right front wheel faces straight, but my left one faces inwards. I can turn steering al the way right but not left at all.
     
    • buckleys
      2/25/2012 buckleys
      lol ok look under the car ur gonna find a broken bar...problem solved
    • Herbert M
      2/25/2012 Herbert M
      Herbert B my truck has no power it stalls what seem to be the problem?
  • avocadostudios
    avocadostudios - 2000 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 2/25/2012
    My front tires are wearing on the inside. What's the problem, alignment, struts, arms, or bushings?
    Tire wear on inside.
     
    • Jimm
      2/25/2012 Jimm
      Any of the items mentioned, if worn or out-of-alignment may cause the abnormal tire wear you have observed.
      Typically, with mileage and component wear you may inspect the front tires and related components, such as struts - useful life at around 50-60k miles or lower steering arm bushings excess wear. Be sure to have an alignment completed following the steering or suspension work to replace components.
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on this website for specific steps to check the suspension and steering for excess play and looseness. Once the scope of the problem you have is properly diagnosed - then you can have the repairs done or - do them yourself with a degree of confidence.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 2/24/2012
    I could not enter a repair that was not on your list.
    I needed a CV front boot replacement, but the system would not let me continue without choosing a repair from your list of repairs, so I chose Wheel Lug Stud Replacement and entered more information that I needed the CV front boot replacement. I clicked get estimate ...
     
    • yboy82
      2/24/2012 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( http://www.automd.com/negotiator/) feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
  • nate
    nate - 2000 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 2/18/2012
    2000 jetta power stering cap is it a spin top or do u pull it off 2.0
    Need to check fluid
     
    • monteur
      2/18/2012 monteur
      Use a screwdriver or a pair of pliers to unscrew the cap. Do not overfill the reservoir.