Question about 1999 Volkswagen Jetta
How to get steering wheel off
Disconnect the battery - you have to pull the airbag off. There are a couple of screws on the opposite side of the steering wheel center section (likely they're a T30 torx bit like my 99 A4). Undo them (they are probably captive screws that won't come out, but they'll loosen and allow the airbag to come off). Once the airbag is free, you have to unplug it - the yellow connector is the bag connector. Buy a ground strap from an electronics store and use it though - messing with airbags can be very dangerous and if you don't ground yourself to the car's frame, electrical discharge from your body could blow the bag. If you're at all hesitant about this, don't mess with it - paying a pro is much better than hurting yourself.
Once the bag is off, there's a center bolt you have to remove. First, mark it with a marker, and be sure you mark the wheel as well, so you can reinstall the wheel straight. Once you do that, remove the center bolt (again, on my Audi, it was a T55 torx - your VW is likely the same). Remove that, and the wheel should slide right off.
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This is not an easy procedure, especially since you've never done it before. With the wheels in the straight ahead position, look at the back of the steering wheel, you'll see two holes. One at 9 o'clock and one at 3 o'clock. You stick a small flat blade screwdriver in the first hole and you pry on the retaining spring while gently pulling on the airbag until it releases. Repeat on the other side. I'm a professional mechanic and the first time I did it, it took me over a half hour to figure it out. Now I can do it in less than a minute. Might want to take it to the dealer.
Posted on May 21, 2008
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Eventhough the level is right, the fluid might need replacing (every 3~5 years and 50.000-100.000 miles).
You can read how to recognize bad/old fluid here: http://www.hondaclub.com/forum/articles/1492-power-steering-fluid-lifeline-your-steering-system.html
Posted on Aug 25, 2009
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SOURCE: 01 VW Jetta Vibration Problem
Check the motor mounts. They might be worn or loose which can cause vibration felt when the engine is reved up or running at higher rpms than at idle.
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
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