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  • 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 ...
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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.
      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.
      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; or 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; or 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.