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Passat fun

After changing the oil, I noticed that one of the wheels had grease all over the inside of it, the origin of which was a the CV boot. Thinking this job wouldn’t be too much trouble, I set out to find good information on what I was in for. Finding these instructions, I thought, “I can do this!” RockAuto came through big time by delivering my boot kit is less than 24 hours of ordering, which seemed like a good start. However, I quickly realized this new Passat uses all kinds of funky tools that I don’t have in my toolkit (shocking! I figured I had every tool I could ever need!) I needed a 14mm hex wrench for the hub, a 10mm triple-square, 12 point bit (looks like Torx, but isn’t) and other neat little numbers to simply get it apart. Finding those particular bits turned out to be a little more challenging than I had anticipated. Three trips to Napa, AutoZone and Kragen told me only that they were either very expensive or “an order” item. No worries, I thought I could get around that.

So far I’ve spent $40 for jack pads, $20 for the boot kit, $35 for the triple square set , $10 for the 14mm hex (came as part of a 12/14/ 16 set) and I haven’t even gotten dirty! Much of that time was spent looking at the proper jacking points and locations for jack stands on the Passat, as all my maintenance up until this point has been with the stock jack or ramps. Oh, and I have to fashion some kind of adapter for my floor jack and jack stands so they can sit on my pinch welds without mangling them! While I wish I had some plastic to make them out of, I can either buy adapters or try to make some out of 2×4. Since Trent has a table saw with a dado blade, I’m going that route first.

All of this wrangling is making me think I should just order a rebuilt axle and replace the whole darn setup instead of messing with the boot, but I’m going to wait until I have the axle off to see if that’s the route I should go. Judging by my usual record, I’ll end up with the axle, but only after buying all the other parts first, messing them up, and then deciding the axle was the way to go in the first place! I just feel like my OEM axle is going to be better quality and in good shape with only 60k miles on it if dirt did not penetrate it. I think I caught it soon enough….I hope!

Stay tuned, more on this escapade soon….