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Volkswagen Passat Premature Wear in Multi-Link Suspension Components May Cause Noise

Volkswagen Passat Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 110,583 mi (47,500 mi - 164,000 mi)


Premature wear in various multi-link suspension components can cause noises that are difficult to diagnose. Worn suspension parts can also cause uneven tire wear and create steering alignment problems.

  •  Enthusiast

    Only when the outside temperature got below 45.F, the front suspension made a squeaking noise = rubber on rubber noise, sure enough the sway bar was replaced under warranty!! Only after three visits to the dealership!!

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  • Replaced all 8 front suspension ball joints and connecting pieces

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  • Visitor, , 50,000 mi

    Bad front end bushing. $825 to fix.

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  • Visitor, , 160,000 mi

    I have a popping noise coming from my right front wheel area every time I back my car out of the garage.

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  • Visitor, , 122,000 mi

    cv joints wore out quick which caused stress on my control arm and the joint broke and my strutt hit the pavement and IT stopped

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  •  Enthusiast

    my control arms have been shot for some time, i just replaced them along with new struts, the pinch bolt can be a pain to remove, the rest is straightforward, worth getting the vw tool for front lower control arm balljoints (28mm), the tool incl shipping $60 off ebay took all of 5 minutes to remove with this tool.
    take your time and its a ok job to do but the pinch bolt is a pain make sure you have access to a air hammer/friends.

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