• Tiny
  • airic74
  • 2001 Volkswagen GTI
  • 90,000 miles

I have mechanic knowledge just never had a vw before. Just looking for a little assistance. Need to change rear hub because the wheel is ready to fall off.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 AT 9:40 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Wrenchtech
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Special tools, testers and auxiliary items required

Hub cap puller VW637/2
Fitting sleeve 3241
Assembly tool 3420
Torque wrench V.A.G. 1332
Torque wrench V.A.G. 1410


Lift vehicle.
Remove wheel.

Loosen dust cap from seat by tapping lightly on the claw with hub cap puller VW637/2.

Pull off dust cap.

Remove securing bolts - A - from brake caliper.
Remove brake caliper and hang up on body.
Remove Phillips-head screw for brake disc and take out brake disc.
Remove 12-point nut.

Pull off wheel bearing/wheel hub unit from stub axle.

A - Puller with leg clamp, e.G. Kukko 20/2
Pull off bearing inner race from stub axle.
Only use puller - A - with leg clamp e.G. Kukko 204-2 (commercial type).


Install wheel bearing/wheel hub unit as far as possible on stub axle.

Attach special tool 3420 and pull wheel bearing/wheel hub unit on to stop.

Caution: Make sure that the hubs/wheel bearing unit does not tilt!

Remove assembly tool 3420 ab.

Use a new 12-point nut - A - and tighten to 175 Nm (129 ft. Lbs.).
Install brake disc.

Drive in dust cap.

Note: Always replace dust caps.
Damaged (dented) dust caps allow ingress of moisture, always use the tool illustrated. Always use tool illustrated to reduce chance of damage to dust cap.

Further installation in reverse order

Install and fasten wheel.

Fastener/location Tightening torque: Brake caliper to rear axle

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