Question about Volkswagen Passat

1 Answer

I have a 1992 Passat 5 speed. The front drive axle on the driver's side came apart on. The bolts to the drive flange backed out and it fell off. Unfortunately 2 bolts were sheared off in the process. I need to remove the drive flange from the transaxle so I can drill them out. VW mechanics told me that there should be either a bolt or clip holding the flange on but there is neither. One mechanic looked at it and hi've already lost 2 days work over this, can you help?

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • cy schousboe Jun 02, 2009

    It's the flange the axle bolts to at the transaxle. According to Solasknows this flange should unbolt but nthere is no bolt. He sent me a file from VW and now I discovered my computer needs an upgrade to read pdf. Anyway, not his fault. MY son , the mechanic is drilling them out on the car as I type.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    OK so you CAN get a drill in there...Good! you should be up and running soon!

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Likely you don't have enough room to get a drill in there to do that while it's in place? Bolts like that are generally in tension only when the heads are in place. Have you tried taking a small drill (like a dremil) and cutting a screwdriver slot into the stubs so you can back them out (perhaps with the aid of some wd40 or other solvent)?
    I could figure out how to remove the flanges if I was there, but don't do enough work on those cars to give any advice on removal, but likely you won't have to.



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Volkswagen Master
  • 2,002 Answers

I ended up taking the advice from thundergod and drilled them out on the car. With the spindle off and the axle out there is ample room to do this. Much thanks to solasknows for his time and patience and going above and beyond in his efforts to help. Hopefully when i get the upgrade installed so I can read pdf the solution will be there.

Posted on Jun 04, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I04 Lincoln Navigator. Front differential pass seal leak. remove the drive shaft and unbolt the flange. the inner flange does not have a bolt to access the seal and bearing. How is the seal accessed?

If I understand you correctly the drive shaft you took out is actually a CV axle. The inner axle shaft goes into the diff. That is held in with a snap ring in the diff. It might not come out easy, sometimes they do, use a pry bar to pop it out. Be careful not to break or damage the aluminum housing. There have been times where I had to use a strong air hammer to beat on the back side of that flange to get the axle shaft out... It's sort of like taking a CV axle out of a front wheel drive car.

Oct 27, 2017 | Lincoln Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1992 f150 front axle to diff. seal replacement

OK, you must remove the front axle assembly to access the axle flange and then the seal, follow the instructions at the link but once the axle is out remove the axle flange from the front diff and replace the axle seal, use a seal driver and lube the new seal with lithium grease (white grease). You will need an air impact to get the flange nut off, replace it with a new one (do not reuse) and do not over tighten it. Cinch it down and then go about 1/8 more of full nut rotation to preload carrier bearing setting then spike in place. Ford F150 Front Axle Replacement Part 1

May 19, 2016 | Ford F-150 Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

How to change the outer seal near da tire on a 1985 chevy silveraldo rearend

you need to remove the cover in the middle of the rear axle rotate the drive shaft until you see a bolt with a 5/16 head on it slide out the pin that the bolt held in remove the c clip that holds the axle in slide out the axle and replace the seal you should do both sides while its apart then put it back together and fill threw the plug on the front side that uses a 3/8 drive

Mar 30, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

I'm trying to remove the "hub" from the front axle because the rotor was rusted to it and a new one won't fit "true". I need a picture or exploded diagram to understand why it...

Your hub is a complete unit including wheel flange and bearing. Thje axle passes through the assembly. You will find three twelve point 13mm bolts that go into the rear of the hub through the steering knuckle.
To remove the assembly, Loosen those three bolts, run them out part way and use a socket you don't want (you will destroy it) Put the socket on each bolt and use a heavy hammer to drive the assembly out of the knuckle. Alternate sides so it does not bind. use lots of solvent on the hub parting surface.
One tip: Disconnect the tie rod end so the assembly is easy to turn from side to side.
The hub assembly is only rebuildable in a factory. It is replaced as a unit. While you have it apart, always check the axle universal for binding or play. If you remove the axle for any reason, when putting it back in don't drag it on the bottom of the tube, The seal is inside the tube next to the gear set. Dragging the axle will knock the seal out.

Jul 18, 2011 | 1992 Jeep Cherokee Sport

1 Answer

I need to know how to take off an axel on a 1992 plymouth laser front wheel drive and a 5 speed

In general, on front wheel drive axle replacement, the method is as follows: raise and support vehicle and remove wheel, remove the axle nut (located in the center of the hub assy.), remove the nut retaining the lower ball joint and separate from the lower control arm, remove axle from wheel hub and suspend the hub to one side, use a pry bar to force the axle out of the trans-axle, reverse process to install and observe all torque specifications.

Feb 08, 2011 | 1992 Plymouth Laser

3 Answers

I need to remove my front axel on my 1989 toyota camry

Jack up car and apply e-brake. car will roll if one of the front tires leaves the ground. remove tire , spindal nut and lower ball joint bolts. remove axle from hub then use a prybar to pop it out of trans. the passenger side will have a braket holding axle to engine , remove bolts from braket or squeeze snap-ring to rmove axle from braket.

Jan 11, 2011 | 1989 Toyota Camry

1 Answer

Remove axle shaft

Depends on make, model, and year, but in general with frontwheel drive or independent rear suspension, you just take off a ring of 6 hex or torex bolts on the inner side, and often a large nut on the outer side, and the axle comes right out with the CV joints.
With solid rear axle, the drum and flange come off to reveal a bearing retaining plate, that then allows the axle to be removed with a slide hammer.

Sep 26, 2010 | 1992 Mazda MX-3

3 Answers

How to replace front cv shafts on a 1997 isuzu rodeo ?

Remove tire, remove axle nut, pop ball joint off, remove clip, pull axle

For a more detailed instructions, go to and register for free.
Now you will have full free online repair manual

Aug 01, 2009 | 1997 Isuzu Rodeo

1 Answer

The bolts that hold the drive shaft in the car fell out

here's the illustration with parts and numbers you need. take to dealer parts counter. If the bolts cam out, are you sure the u-joints did not get damaged?

#12 is the bolts

Item Part Number Description 1 — Needle Rollers (Part of 4635) 2 — Grease Seal (Part of 4635) 3 — Bearing Cup (Part of 4635) 4 — Thrust Washer (Part of 4635) 5 — Spider (Part of 4635) 6 4635 Universal Joint 7 4841 Driveshaft Slip Yoke 8 — Snap Ring (8 Req'd) (Part of 4635) 9 4602 Driveshaft 10 4782 Driveshaft Centering Socket Yoke 11 4851 Rear Axle Universal Joint Flange 12 N800574-S100 Bolt (4 Req'd) 13 4635 Universal Joint 14 — End Yoke (Part of 4635) A — Tighten to 93-130 Nm (71-95 Lb-Ft)

Mar 03, 2009 | 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

121 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Volkswagen Experts

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers


Level 3 Expert

80637 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8841 Answers

Are you a Volkswagen Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides