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  • retjr
    retjr - 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio - Steering & Suspension - 1/21/2012
    How do i stop thunking noise when I turn wheel?
    Noise is located in front suspension. I have replaced struts and mounts twice.
    • monteur
      1/21/2012 monteur
      It may be that your wheelbearing may be shifting in the steering knuckle on turns.
  • kevinB
    kevinB - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 1/16/2012
    Vibration at high speeds, has new tires and balamced
    Above 60 mph the car has a steady vibration. It dosent pull to one side or the other. But when u turn right the vibration completely disappears
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/16/2012 HouseCallAuto
      I suspect that you may have a bad front wheel bearing. Jack up each wheel one at a time and see if there is any lateral play in the bearings. Compare side to side. Check tie rods also for any end play.
  • pete a campillo
    pete a campillo - 1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/15/2012
    I hear a sound coming from the front of the car mainly when i give gas or when i stop what is this noise and how to fix
    the car has 171,000 miles i have never had this problem before but it seems that right after i rotated the tires yesterday this sound is coming from the front of the car or from the bottom is hard to say,it sounds like a rotating item that once it rotates it hits ...
    • monteur
      12/27/2011 monteur
      Check front tires for a choppy appearance,especially on the inner sides.If tires are choppy,return them to their original positions. If noise goes away replace rear shock absorbers.
      12/28/2011 pete a campillo
      tires are not choppy, sound getting worse it seems like tire or tires about to fall off while the sound goes on and often shakes as well. Why would rotating the tires cause this problem when i had no problem before the rotation of the tires
    • monteur
      12/30/2011 monteur
      Even if the tires don't seem visibly choppy they may be out of balance.This could cause both noise and vibration. Also you may want to check the tires for out of round condition,and that the lug bolts are secure.If all is good ,return tires to original positions and roadtest for noises.
      12/31/2011 pete a campillo
      Thank you Monteur for your prior answers and sugestions. What if i purchase 3 new tires an one old one thats in very good shape instead of returning them back to their originnal position and run this way, could the change to new tires and a balance of them also get rid of the noise and vibrations??
    • monteur
      1/15/2012 monteur
      Did you return the tires to their original positions. It's cheaper to check first.
  • laria
    laria - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/12/2012
    When I start up my car and step on the brakes to move the gear clutch the clutch stick will not move out of gear.
    I usually have to wrestle with my gear clutch for a while to move it out of park. Its as if it is stuck.(By the way, its a automatic) Shortly after having the gear clutch problem I began having a problem getting the key out of the ignition switch. I had to take it ...
    • monteur
      1/12/2012 monteur
      Have your mechanic check the shiftlock solenoid locoted on the side of the shift lever assembly.It should operate when the brake pedal is pushed.
      1/13/2012 laria
      Thank you. I will suggest this to him. Also, would the gear clutch have anything to do with the key getting stuck in the ignition or vice versa?
  • tony
    tony - 1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/11/2012
    I need a diagram of power steering lines
    i have aleak in the poweer steering line on left side of car and the pump is on the right what gives
    0 answer
  • 01 wolfsburg
    01 wolfsburg - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 12/27/2011
    Why is my rear end jumping/vibrating?
    The car's got 113xxx miles on it, when taking right hand turns at speeds of greater than 25, a severe jump/vibration can be felt from the right rear tire. also, the inside of the tire wears severely and very quickly.
    • monteur
      12/27/2011 monteur
      Check and or replace rear shock absorbers
  • noplans12
    • Jay Giron
      12/7/2011 Jay Giron
      They are suspension components.
      You could buy on ebay a control arm kit it comes with all you need to fix the problem.
      The kit runs about $180 but you are getting about 12 new parts. each part cost about $80 make the math.
  • Ryan Rudersdorf
    Ryan Rudersdorf - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 11/5/2011
    In the diesal engine, where do I check the power steering level?
    Power steering isn't working, how do I fix it? It will not turn easily.
    • MasterTech
      11/5/2011 MasterTech
      To check the fluid - bottle is located next to the battery - has a green cap. Only uses special power steering fluid specificly for german cars. DO NOT USE ATF!
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 10/29/2011
    When I turn the wheel all the way to the left when I'm driving it makes a strange squeaking noise from the drivers side
    Strange noise from the suspension/steering area
    • matt w.
      10/29/2011 matt w.
      you probably need power steering fluid.
  • gary
    gary - 2002 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 10/23/2011
    How to replace rear axle beam bushings
    how to replace rear axle beam bushings
    0 answer
  • mick
    mick - 2003 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 10/17/2011
    Part number: W0133-1613091 bilstein front shock
    hi,would part above fit in 2003 skoda octavia 1.9 tdi 66kw and do you deliver to europe? thank you
  • Carmeng5
    Carmeng5 - 2002 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 9/26/2011
    The steering wheel is very lose and the front right tire is bent outwards
    The car drives to the side. and steering wheel is very lose. the car was hit on the passenger side and front right wheel is bent . I hear a nose when driving like a squeaky nose .
    • Desert Racer
      9/26/2011 Desert Racer
      Sounds like you should stop driving the car and take it to a Suspension shop to check out the damage. If it is hit hard enough to bend the wheel the damage could be extensive and dangerous..
  • ALF
    ALF - 1980 Volkswagen Super Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 9/25/2011
    My bug is realy a 1973 Super Beetle, 1980 was all that i could choose
    I bought from a frend 4 cast alum rims I cleaned them up and had my tires mounted on them, not thinking through the whole process, my lug bolts are too short, they need to ,be at least twice as long as the original, can anyone help me out please!!
    • Desert Racer
      9/25/2011 Desert Racer
      You have to replace the old bolts with longer ones.. I suggest that you buy wheel studs the correct length and screw them in.. and replace them. Then you would need nuts for the studs.. readlly available at any parts store.. I suggest you buy the correct nuts for your wheels.. have some one who knows about alum wheels tell you which ones you need there are about 5 diffent types. or just buy longer bolts and any vw parts place on the web.
  • Ford Guy
    Ford Guy - 1980 Volkswagen Super Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 9/25/2011
    I bought a Buggatti kit car with a VW chassic. My wheel botl pattern is 5 x 43/4. I bought some 1932 Ford wire spoke
    wheels. which are 5 on 51/2 pattern. I need an adapters. Also on the Vehicle chooses & year there was not a VW kit car or 19725 VW or Bugatti, but that's what I got! Hope you can help! David
    • Desert Racer
      9/25/2011 Desert Racer
      Why would you do this? 1932 Wheels? The kit you have bought is just a fiberglass body on an altered VW chassis.. I built many of these in the 1970s.. If it is still around says something for the quality of the construction.. You can buy adapters at Good luck.
  • Funky211
    Funky211 - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 9/10/2011
    How do I remove rear suspension on 03' VW Jetta GLS? Is there a specialty for the springs? Thanks for any help.
    Spring compressor tool from advanced won't fit in wheel well...
    • Jimm
      9/10/2011 Jimm
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature this website for the rear shock / rear strut removal. Sometimes, the rear strut assemblies can be removed (unbolted) as a unit before removing the coil springs. Then, the coil springs can be removed on a work bench - off of the vehicle - from the strut assemblies.