If you are driving
a Beetle with the kingpin or ball joint front end you either have or will
at some time have this experience. You hit a small pot hole in the road
and your steering wheel shakes uncontrollably for just an instant at first
but as time goes on it can progress to the point where you may have to
stop the car to make it quit. When your suspension system is new there
is very little play in the moving parts and there is very little resonance
when you hit bumps in the road. But in a short time (long before the front
end needs rebuilding) everything loosens up and there is a certain amount
of vibration that passes through the suspension system every time you
hit a bump. Your Bug
is equipped with a device called a steering damper that is designed to
control this under most conditions. It is a long thin horizontal shock
|It bolts to the front
beam on one end
|The other end slips into
a sleeve that is built into the left end of the right side tie rod.
|To replace the unit you
will need to raise the front of the car and secure it on stands. From
beneath the car on the right side you can reach the end attaches to
the front beam. You will need to bend up the lock tab to loosen the
|A flex head ratchet works
|The other end can be reached
from the left side. There will be either a self locking nut or two
jam nuts holding it in place.
|Sometimes this end could
be a little stubborn to get out of the sleeve so spraying a little
PB Blaster in advance could be a good idea.
|When you replace it you
will need to reach over the chassis with the new one and slide the
end into the sleeve. It can be a little tricky to get it lined up
just right to go in.
|Once it is in then the
other end can be bolted into place. Be sure to put the lock plate
back on and lock it again when you have tightened it down.
|NOTE: This job can also
be done from above with the gas tank out. We will be showing you this
along with rebuilding the front end in a future video so keep in touch.
Hope this make you VW motoring much smoother.
Bug Me Video, Inc.
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