Now I have to say, there are those of us who spend more time on the bitcheness of how the parts look than on the actual repair, AndreasPassat being one, but I'm not far behind, I'm afraid to admit.
I'm missed in WI! Wow, I'm impressed.Hi AndreasPassat- how is life in AZ? We miss you in WI- although we had a 90 degree day yesterday and that is toasty for Sept in WI! (I know- not much sympathy from you AZ folks).
My apologies to OP for hopping on here, but I think it is relevant. I have a 2003 Passat wagon 1.8T AWM and am getting a lot of clunking noise from driver's side wheel. Pretty sure it is the wheel bearing. I replaced the suspension a couple years ago, so removing the steering knuckle wouldn't be a major issue. But, I would like to press out that bearing, and press in a new one without removing the knuckle. Some folks have used the Harbor Freight wheel bearing removal set and it looks to work pretty well. AndreasPassat- you were super helpful in my timing belt disaster- is the best approach to just remove the knuckle and take it to a machine shop, or do I stand a chance leaving it on car and using a tool to press it out?
BTW, my Passat is running very well. Now has 10,000 miles since top end rebuild. Still running very smoothly, using no oil and a joy to drive. Had to install a used tailgate due to issues of paint peeling on the old one. I had it repaired after getting "rear ended" by a Jeep. Only bent in the tailgate and did not touch the bumper. Anyway, the shop that repaired the tailgate used a lot of Bondo and did a crapola job on painting. I found a used tailgate in Hortonville, WI for $95. Looks great- same color and the rear latch works better than my old one. Weird thing though- the wiper sits on the pass side and swipes counter-clockwise. That was a head scratcher!
You may find the clunking noise due to something else, but jack the wheel off the ground, and try to rock it to determine if the bearing is shot.