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The service manager said that my L/F tire rod, ball joint is worn and needs to be replaced. He quoted me $394.00. How difficult is this and how cheap could I do it?
 

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I'm the second owner. The car was a Certified Pre-Owned VW and has the 2yr/24,000 mile LIMITED warrenty. :mad:

I had a bad cam shaft seal that was the cause of a really nasty smell and that was fixed for free. :D

So, is this do-able for a total boon or do I have to shell out the dough and further prolong my awating mods?
 

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Iv'e not done too many repairs on my Passat, thankfully almost nothing in 18 months between 30k and 70k. ist a 4.5 year old now.

I've done jobs like that before on other cars - as long as you have suitable ball splitters and the strength to undo/re-do the tight bolts I would have thought its a DIY job. Dont know about any special tools on the passat though, I'm sure someone more knowledgeable can advise.
 

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Thanks for the help! How long could I go on a damaged ball joint (out or curiosity)? I can't afford it until probably next month. :nervous:

Thanks again..

tjN
 

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ECS is definitely the way to go. Also, I waited about 6 months with squeaky TRE's so you should be okay until next month.

I would definitely replace both at the same time or you will have to get aligned twice. :thumbup:
 

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Sweet, I was going to ask a similar question. I just got my car back from a 112000 km service and asked them to check the front end - in grooved/rutted pavement, the steering was getting 'grabby'. Diagnosis, tie-rod on passenger side, also not covered by Certified 2 year warranty. Looks like an easy swap, so now off to find a good alignment shop in town.
 

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teejdOrk said:
Thanks for the help! How long could I go on a damaged ball joint (out or curiosity)? I can't afford it until probably next month. :nervous:

Thanks again..

tjN
Not hard to do by yourself. How long it last depends on how bad it is. If the ball joint is really jumping around,it may not last long. If it has a little movement,it may last months. I would vote for the latter,as they generally make some noise when they get that bad.
 

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NotAPreppie said:
Don't you need to get an alignment if you have to replace a TRE?
You do if you want your wheels to wear normally. Since you are adjusting the toe, with the TRE's themselves, you are adjusting the way this is set up.



The odds of getting it perfect without a proper alignment are pretty slim. I thought mine was close and it ended up being 0.70° off, which I understand is pretty bad. I couldn't really even tell except that my steering wheel was no longer straight.
 
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