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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?

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  • 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.


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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.

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