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

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that 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.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


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



Related Questions:

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

CV axle shaft replacement

1.Set the vehicle transmission in "Park" and engage the emergency brake before attempting to remove the front right axle. Place wood blocks behind the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling and loosen the lug nuts one complete turn on the right front wheel with a tire tool.

2. .Lift the front passenger side of the vehicle with a floor jack and slide a jack stand under the vehicle frame near the wheel. Lower the floor jack so the vehicle is sitting on the jack stand and move the floor jack out of the way.

3. Remove the lug nuts with the tire tool and set the front passenger wheel out of the way. Take the cap off the end of the axle with a standard screwdriver and remove the cotter pin from the axle with a pair of pliers.

  • 4. Slide the crown washer off the axle and loosen the axle nut with a crescent wrench. Unfasten the top and bottom bolts that secure the brake caliper to the rotor with a socket wrench and slide the bolts out of the caliper.
  • 5. Lift the brake caliper off the rotor and remove the brake pads from the caliper. Suspend the brake caliper from the vehicle frame with a wire hanger and take the rotor off the axle.
  • 6. Unfasten the thru-bolt on the vertical sway bar with a socket wrench and remove the bolt from the sway bar. Take the channel bolt out from between the sway bar and lower A-arm that the thru-bolt ran through, and loosen the bolts that secure the front right axle to the center flange with a socket wrench and breaker bar. You may need to loosen the bolts with the breaker bar before removing them with the socket wrench.
  • 7. Slide the front right axle off the center flange and let it rest on the A-arm. Lift the front passenger side up with the floor jack to get enough room between the steering knuckle and A-arm and slide the axle out of the vehicle.
    Install in reverse order.
  • Mar 23, 2012 | 2006 Mazda 3

    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

    1 Answer

    I am replacing the seal on the rear penion i need touqe specs on the nut


    CAUTION: Following procedure must be used to retain proper pinion bearing preload. Failure to follow procedure may result in premature axle assembly or component failure. Ensure pinion bearing preload is checked before disassembly, as previous pinion bearing preload will be used during reassembly.


    1. Raise and support vehicle. Scribe reference mark on drive shaft-to-pinion flange on differential for reassembly reference. Remove bolts and "U" joint straps at pinion flange on differential.
    Disconnect drive shaft from differential.
    2. Remove rear wheels and brake drums to prevent any drag that may affect pinion bearing preload reading. Using INCH-lb. torque wrench, measure amount of force required to rotate pinion. This is pinion bearing preload. Record pinion bearing preload for reassembly reference.
    3. Using Holder (6719), hold pinion flange. Remove pinion nut and washer. Scribe reference mark on pinion flange-to-pinion for reassembly reference. Using appropriate puller, remove pinion flange from pinion. Remove oil seal from axle housing.


    1. Ensure oil seal surface in axle housing is clean. Coat lip of oil seal with gear lube. Install oil seal using appropriate seal installer. Drive oil seal into axle housing until oil seal installer contacts axle housing.
    2. Install pinion flange on pinion with reference mark aligned. Using appropriate pinion flange installer, install pinion flange on pinion.

    CAUTION: Washer must be installed on pinion with convex side of washer facing outward (away from pinion).

    3. Install washer on pinion with convex side of washer facing outward (away from pinion). Install NEW pinion nut. Tighten pinion nut to 210 ft. lbs. (285 N.m). Rotate pinion several times to seat pinion bearings.

    CAUTION: DO NOT overtighten or loosen then retighten pinion nut when adjusting pinion bearing preload. If pinion nut is overtightened, collapsible spacer on pinion must be replaced.

    4. Rotate pinion using INCH-lb. torque wrench. Rotating torque should be equal to reading recorded in removal step 2) , plus 5 INCH lbs. (.056 N.m). If rotating torque is low, tighten pinion nut in small increments until proper rotating torque is obtained.
    5. To install remaining components, reverse removal procedure using NEW "U" joint straps and bolts. Ensure all reference marks are aligned. Tighten bolts to specification. Check lubricant level and add if necessary.

    Jan 23, 2010 | 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck 2WD

    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

    22114 Answers


    Level 3 Expert

    75797 Answers

    Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte

    Level 3 Expert

    8152 Answers

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

    Answer questions

    Manuals & User Guides