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  1. Resetting UCA after putting coilovers on

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Is it as easy as loosening the bolts putting weight on the suspension and that tightening? What happens if you dont reset the UCA's after lowering?
  2. UCA's, let me get something straight...

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    you SHOULD NOT be able to rotate them (twist them) by hand, correct? If so they are bad, correct? I put new wheels on last weekend and garbbed them when I was in there, the drivers side front UCA twist's pretty easily. Could this be the cause of the clunking I get on bumps from my driver's...
  3. How to achieve specified UCA bolt torque?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I am replacing my upper control arms. I have them in the car, the car is up in the air on 2 jacks which are lifting the wheel bearing housings so that the UCAs should be at the proper ride height. I have tightened the bolts with 2 16 mm open ended wrenches, and even used a long breaker bar to...
  4. UCA or tierod end

    B5 Garage
    while doing an oil change i thought it would be good to grab the wheel and check for lose CA stuff. so i grab the driver side wheel @ 12 + 6 oclock and there was no play at all. then i grabbed the 3 + 9 oclock position and the wheel would move back and forth about 1-2 inches???? i could...
  5. UCA pinch bolt

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Has anyone ever gotten it out? does it thread in or slide in? Of course I snapped the end of mine when I gave up and tried to re tighten it. Now I need to get it out for a new one.
  6. High B5.5 Milers: When 1st replace Upper Control Arms (UCA)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    If the above is applicable for you pls indicate the following: 1. Approximate mileage done on replacing OEM set 2. Location and general street conditions driven on: 3. Best UCA replacements or sets for the $ 4. Welcome any advice TIA
  7. can anyone confirm s4 uca's part# that fit b5?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    so ive read people using s4 upper control arms and tie rods, got the tie rods but anyone know the part # to the uppers that will fit the passat? tried searching but s4 is too small, and control arm brings 400 pages of not what im looking for. mods should allow s4 through the search filter.
  8. Need Uca And Tie Rod Ends Pronto

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    so after driving around with my front passengers wheel feeling like one more bump and the whole thing would come right off, i took my car to the shop. i was informed awhile back that i needed inner and outter tie rod ends. not so much the inners, but i needed a new bearing, and to change the...
  9. not the usual UCA and TRE question

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    2001 passat 4-motion mechanic diagnosed bad(frozen tie rod ends), and said needed to be replaced , question is if the vechs alignment is right on and all new tires have been wearing evenly(last 18000 miles ) ,and steering is still tight why do they have to be replaced .is it a safety...
  10. 98' UCA and Tie rod fit a 2001.5 Passat?

    B5 Garage
    Hey guys, Will an Upper control arm and tie rod from a 98' 1.8T passat fit a 2001.5 V6 Passat? Is this possible or even advisable? Or should i just buy a new set of control arms and Tie rod? I was planning to preserve my old control arms but the bolts are now seized and torching them might...
  11. Adding suspension while doing UCA

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm about to have my UCA and LCA replaced under warranty and I was wondering if changing the suspension,(shocks and springs) would part of the job labor wise. I'm just seeing if they have to be removed any way when parting on new UCA and LCA. Just tryin to save myself some cash.
  12. UCA Service action - not recall

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Here is the official corespondance from VW about B5 UCAs. As you can see it is not an official recall.
  13. Front End Noises : UCA, TRE, CV, ETC?

    B5 Garage
    I searched and read up on my symptoms; there seems to be no clear cut answer. So I come to the Garage: 98 AEB 5M 1.8T Variant @ 119,xxx miles Just started bad three days ago. Low speed, turning cuases a loud groan/moan. First was only when turning very hard that a noise could be heard. Now it...
  14. UCA install - Torque specs needed

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I've gone ahead in installed two new UCAs in my '99 B5 but I have had a hard time finding the appropriate torque specs for each bolt/nut. Please confirm the following: In the Haynes manual they refer to a "upper control arm pivot bolt/nut". Would this be the bolt to the mounting bracket...
  15. new UCA's now I have the 4X4 look

    B5 Garage
    I had new UCA installed last week and now it is noticeably higher in the front. I had the febi UCA installed. I'm running the stock suspension on 18's which is aready 4x4, but now it's even higher. Any suggestions
  16. UCA install advice

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'll be replacing my UCAs this week and noticed in the Haynes manual that they recommend positioning the control arm so that the distance between the front edge of the mounting bracket and the arm is 47mm. Would this all apply to a car that is lowered or should I decrease this distance? If...
  17. Replaced UCA's . . . but sound still there!

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Well, after spending hours replacing my right UCA's (I'm inexperienced, so it took me a long time to replace my right UCA's last Saturday night--after a full day of roofing my parents' house), I'm still getting the noises on sharp turns/firm braking/speed bumps! Talk about aggravating! The...
  18. UCA's Vs LCA's

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Okay, so I'm going to have to change at least one Upper Control arms. Do most people with control arm problems find that it is the upper ones, or are the lower ones as likely to need changing as well. I don't mind ( well I 'd rather not )changing the lower ones at the same time as the defective...
  19. UCA ball joints - W8's have the ones with the spring clips..

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Remember my control arm replacement and noting the differences between the 98's old arms and the non-OEM replacements? Well, I was checking out a W8 this morning and they too have the spring clips on the ball joint boots, JFYI. So I'm guessing at least the 2003 Passats have the better boots.
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