How to replace front suspension arm / front control arm on VW GOLF 4 (1J1) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]


Required tools:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18 Drive socket # 13
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18 Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench Tap wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock 1. Raise the front of the car and secure on supports. 2. Unscrew the wheel bolts.
Use wheel impact socket #17. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts. 3. Clean all joints of the arm.
Use a wire brush.
Use WD-40 spray. AUTODOC recommends:
After applying the spray, wait a few minutes. Wear protective goggles.
Wear a respirator. 4. Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer bar with the control arm. Use a drive socket #16.
Use a tap wrench. 5. Unscrew the fastener connecting the ball joint to the suspension control arm. Use a drive socket #13.
Use a tap wrench. 6. Loosen the front fastener of the control arm. Use a drive socket #18.
Use a tap wrench. 7. Unscrew the rear arm fastener.
Use a combination spanner #18. Use a drive socket #18.
Use a tap wrench. 8. Remove the rear fastener of the control arm. 9. Unscrew the front arm fastener.
Use a drive socket #18.
Use a ratchet wrench. 10. Remove the front fastener of the control arm. 11. Disconnect the spherical joint from the arm. 12. Remove the arm.
Use a crowbar. 13. Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush.
Use WD-40 spray. 14. Install a new arm. AUTODOC recommends:
During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.
Do not damage the ball joint cover. 15. Install the control arm fasteners. 16. Attach the ball joint to the control arm. 17. Screw the fasteners of the ball joint. Use a drive socket #13.
Use a ratchet wrench. 18. Support the arm.
Use a hydraulic transmission jack. 19. Tighten the front fastener connecting the control arm to the subframe.
Use a drive socket #18. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 80 Nm torque. 20. Tighten the rear fastener of the control arm.
Use a drive socket #18. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 80 nm torque. 21. Remove the support from under the arm. AUTODOC recommends:
Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms. 23. Tighten the ball joint fastener.
Use a drive socket #13. 22. Tighten the fastener connecting the stabilizer bar with the control arm.
Use a drive socket #16. 24. Treat all joints of the arm.
Use copper grease. 25. Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim.
Use copper grease. 26. Clean the brake disk surface.
Use a brake cleaner. AUTODOC recommends:
After applying the spray, wait a few minutes. 27. Screw in the wheel bolts.
Use wheel impact socket #17. AUTODOC recommends:
To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts. 28. Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts. Use a torque wrench.
Tighten it to 120 nm torque.

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