WARNING When loosening or tightening an axle nut, make sure the vehicle is on the ground. The amount of torque required could cause the vehicle to fall off jackstands.
NOTE: When removing the right axle shaft, you must detach the exhaust pipe from the manifold and the transaxle bracket. Be sure to buy a new exhaust flange gasket.
NOTE: If necessary, use a long breaker bar with a length of pipe as an extension.
The torque required to loosen the front axle nut is high enough to make the vehicle fall off of jack stands. Make sure the vehicle is on the ground when loosening or tightening the front axle nut.
Three suspension systems offered on the A3 platform. A base suspension, plus suspension, and triple roller joint type. An easy way to determine which suspension you have is to note the type of nuts used to fasten the inner Constant Velocity joint to the inner transaxle drive flange. On the base suspension a standard six point hex nut was used. The plus suspension had twelve point self-locking nut. Triple-roller joint style systems are used on vehicles with a four cylinder power plant and an automatic transmission.
NOTE: You may have to press the halfshaft out of the hub.
WARNING Cover all exposed joints to avoid contamination from entering the joint which will lead to joint failure.
NOTE: Two types of hubs were used on this system. The standard (non-modified) hub used a thread sealer such as Loctite® . Later a modified hub was installed with a stronger hub nut and modified splines. This hub does not require a thread sealant. Please note the following torque specifications below.