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.Google+
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Volkswagen Passat Premature Wear in Multi-Link Suspension Components May Cause Noise
Volkswagen Passat Problem
Average Mileage: 122,700 mi (47,500 mi - 164,000 mi)
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!!
Visitor, 2003 Volkswagen Passat, 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.
Visitor, 1998 Volkswagen Passat, 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
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.