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  • Nick
    Nick - 1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet - Steering & Suspension - 7/15/2011
    I need stearing ignition lock
  • bassplayer
    bassplayer - 1999 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2011
    Where do I find the body number . So I can get new front bearings
    • Jimm
      7/14/2011 Jimm
      The body number is located on the vehicle data plate - usually located on the drivers door post area. The front bearings can be located locally or on one of the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or
  • ken
    ken - 2005 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 6/28/2011
    I am trying to diagnose hte soruce of a creaking noise in the front end of my 2005 VW GTI
    I notice the noise is pronounced when I go over a speed bump. I do not notice it under normal driving conditions.
    • Spoon Sports
      6/28/2011 Spoon Sports
      Well, the ONLY way to find out is to jack the car up and simulate the situation. I can only give you ideas on where the noise wont be but obiviously i cant tell you where it is, it can be ball joints, it can be a number of things.

      Here are pics, scroll down
  • jose
    jose - 1989 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 5/20/2011
    How do I remove the ignition key cylinder
    • DrkShdw983
      5/20/2011 DrkShdw983
      I've never worked on your car specifically but on most cars you have to remove the plastic around the base of the steering wheel (typically 3 screws and then use a flat head to pry the plastic snaps). Then some wire work (disconnect your battery!), then a few more screws to remove the ignition switch. I don't know that you can change just the cylinder but you can change the ignition switch and key cylinder.
  • dec93
    dec93 - 1996 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 5/5/2011
    I got a four stud 96 golf is there any such thing as an adaptor to change it to a 5 stud caz i would like to put rs6 on
    any such thing as an adaptor for a four stud car to make it hold five stud alloys.
    • DrkShdw983
      5/5/2011 DrkShdw983
      You probably won't find an apaptor to do that. If you do I wouldn't buy it because it wouldn't be too safe. You'll need to look into 5-stud axles that are compatible with your vehicle. I know you can swap a lot of the axles for hondas.. the same is probably true for VWs
  • Kathleen Schwarzer
    Kathleen Schwarzer - 2000 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 3/26/2011
    Steering wheel was turned all the way to the right while car turned off and is frozen, can't turn key
    cannot get wheel to move up or down to adjust, will not give at all to turn it. Key will not move to second position to unlock wheel. Please help
    • Kathleen Schwarzer
      3/26/2011 Kathleen Schwarzer
      nvm, I found someone to help me. Just need to pull the steering wheel very hard both directions, and try the key at the same time. It worked. Turning the wheel very hard is the answer. Hope this helps someone else.
  • 1woodmonger
    1woodmonger - 1985 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 3/17/2011
    Rear pasenger side tire has even where on the inside.
    My friend Sir Gerfunkenswagnal has a 1985 VW Golf/GTI, he is having trouble with the passenger rear tire wearing (evenly) on the inside. I realize this type of car has Twist -beam rear suspension. What could be causing this and can you give me a web address to ...
    • Team Associated
      3/17/2011 Team Associated
      Inner tire wear is caused by negative camber. (Wheels facing outward) unless you vehcile has camber kits you will not be able to adjust it. Unless of course there are other reasons wht its tilting.
      Team Associated
      3/17/2011 1woodmonger
      Thank you for your response, it was a the good deed of the day..
  • reneekid
    reneekid - 1999 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 2/28/2011
    The left rear wheel makes a low growl type noise while moving.
    the sound remains at the same volume and pitch regardless of speed. the bearing ,rotor and pads are fine. could this be the axle, or would the sound change as the vehicle speed changes
    • taketheroof
      2/28/2011 taketheroof
      If your car is equiped with the inner tire pressure gauge. This is the gauge that pops up on your dash and tell you that one of your tires are low. I have seen these break off inside the wheel (tire) and make the noise you are talking about.
  • Robert Delicio
    Robert Delicio - 2000 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 2/27/2011
    I get a severe bang in rear when I go over bumps
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      This is normal, as the rear end has no weight and causes undue wear and loud noises from the rear springs
  • goose
    goose - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 2/27/2011
    deep knocking noise r.rear when going over a mild or strong bump sounds like if your trunk is open
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      The rear suspension in the 2.0L is setup differently than the other cars. When you hit a decent bump, the rear end of the car, having practically no weight in it, bounces up and down quickly, making the sound that the trunk is open. Also, check to make sure your trunk is sealed, had mine replaced twice because it wasn't closing all the way.
  • sarah123
    sarah123 - 2001 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 2/27/2011
    When my steering wheel is straight up and down, my car moves to the left, what's wrong with it?
    I got a flat tire the other day from hitting a curb, and ever since that, my car will not drive straight.
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/10/2010 HouseCallAuto
      You bent something in the steering linkage from the impact with the curb (it happens alot) and you will now have very poor handling and you will wear out tires very rapidly. Get the steering looked at asap.
    • 01NBtricked
      2/27/2011 01NBtricked
      I would have to say that you messed up your alignment when you nailed the curb, this can be fixed at most repair garages. Check the ball and camber of the tire wheel you hit to the curb, it may be off and may be causing pre-mature wear due to improper ball and camber position.
  • broc
    • HPI Vorza
      2/21/2011 HPI Vorza
      The only way to find out is to jack your car up, shakes the components for looseness (Control Arms, Tie Rod Ends, Shocks etc.) For all you know it can just be worn out bushings. I mean we can never tell until we got the car jacked up.

      "seems to be coming from the strut" - well id check the strut for looseness, i will also measure the play of the car when i push it down from the fender. In other words, we need to simulate the event.
  • Carol J. Williams
    Carol J. Williams - 2002 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2011
    What causes a bubble to occur in a tire?
    • Bill
      2/8/2011 Bill
      Generally a broken or weakness in a tires radial ply. Either a manufacturers defect or a road hazard damaged tire. Most bubbles occur in sidewalls where tire is the weakest. Hope this helps.
      If the sidewall separation/bubble appears after six months of on-vehicle service, prolonged driving on overloaded/under-inflated tires or a road hazard are the most likely causes. However it may take weeks or months after an impact for a separation/bubble to appear as the damaged or bruised area continues to weaken. Unfortunately the time differential between the impact that caused the initial damage and the delayed appearance of visible evidence often means that the driver has forgotten about the impact that damaged the tire in the first place.
  • denny
    denny - 1995 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/30/2011
    Passengrr side steering rod bent how do i remove it
    0 answer
  • gino
    gino - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/14/2011
    Oil pressure light goes out when key is on motor not running why?
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      For me it's normal because oil pressure will appear only when the engine is running. Oil pump will only work when the engine is running as well as the oil pressure sensor.
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      12/22/2010 gino
      so the light should be on not out
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      The light should be out not on while the engine is running because if it is on you have problem with your oil pressure and must be checked.
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      12/23/2010 gino
      engine is NOT Running key is on
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      Check battery condition if has a good charge to crank the engine. The engine should be cranking and if not inspect battery cables if loose and if cables are fitted good perform a bench test for starting motor.
    • md help
      1/14/2011 md help
      Just adding a note Gino; I read your question to say that your key is in the on position only, not started or running? If that is the case power is available to your dash and sensors as well as your accesories, radio etc... I myself have owned vehicals where after the sensors activate with the key in the on position the oil sensor light went off after a couple seconds. While most sensors remained lit until car started or key turned off. I've also driven vehicles where the oil symbol/lite remained on with other sensors with the key in the same stated on only position. These vehicles never had any oiling issues so I suspect that this must vary between different makes and models???