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99 Passat. The front sensor will turn back and forth in the hub, but will not pull out despite much trying. Haynes manuel says it should just pull out. What am I missing?

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Please use the "Continue With This Expert" option and state which SENSOR you are trying to remove if it is not the ABS sensor.

IF you're removing the original sensor - its in there pretty good!. Basically rust-welded in place.

Shoot it down with penetrating oil and let it sit an hour or so... twist with a vicegrips and pull at the same time.

It is fair to assume you will need to install a new sensor. Dont be afraid to pull... and even pry on the plastic - it's pretty sturdy.

Sometimes I use a screwdriver as a pry bar - then as it reaches its limit - I turn to a chisel.

You haven't missed anything - its just a bear to get out.

Don't give up!!

Good Luck!!

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Posted on Jun 26, 2009


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