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Old 02-05-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Instructions on removing A6 front axles

CN: 2000 Audi A6 quattro 2.8L instructions on removing both front driveshafts please.

OK OT, I'm asking you to do my homework.

My girlfriend's 2000 A6 Quattro (2.8L) needs both front CV boots replaced. Being the lazy bastard I am instead of doing the annoying and messy job of putting new boots on I simply bought two new front axles. Problem solved!

I had plans to do this work myself but have been traveling like a mad man and haven't had the time. Thankfully my girlfriend's father stepped up to the plate and is going to do it for her (us) this weekend.

I know how the whole thing works. In other words...I was going to wing it with no formal instructions. I've done this job on many other cars in the past.

However, per the request of her father, he wants some written instructions on the process. I've found a couple examples online but most of them are from crappy ask.com or how.com or other garbage things.

I did a quick search on the Audi forums and didn't come up with any great results.

I'd LOVE to be able to print out these instructions from work as my printer at home isn't working. And I've got a deadline on a couple items so can't do the searching right now at work.

So...OT...will you find me a good set of instructions on how to do this?

IB the time it took you to post this I could have found them
IB do your own homework
IB pictures of gf or dad

CN: 2000 Audi A6 quattro 2.8L instructions on removing both front driveshafts please.
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:30 PM   #2
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
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Drive Axle, Removing and Installing


* Remove hubcap, for light-alloy wheels pull off center cap (use pulling hook in vehicle tools).
* Loosen hex bolt for outer joint of drive axle a maximum of 90 (vehicle is standing on its wheels).
* Remove wheel.
* Thread in all five wheel bolts again.
* Remove hex bolt for outer joint of drive axle (vehicle has been raised using a lift). (if necessary, have a second technician operate brake)
* Thread in all five wheel bolts again.

* Unscrew drive axle from flange shaft/transmission.

1. hexagon socket head bolts

o Pull cable of ABS wheel speed sensor out of bracket on brake caliper (arrow).
o Pull ABS wheel speed sensor slightly out of wheel bearing housing.

* Remove nut -1- and hex bolt, and lift out both control arms -2-.
* Slits in wheel bearing housing may not be widened with a chisel or similar tool!

Note: Do not remove bolts -3- and -4-, otherwise the adjustment of the front axle will change!

* Swing away wheel bearing housing toward side, in direction of arrow.
* Remove drive axle.


* Insert drive axle into wheel bearing housing.
* Insert both upper control arms, tighten nuts to 40 Nm .
* While tightening, press control arm as far as possible in the direction of the wheel bearing housing.
* Bolt drive axle onto transmission.
* Tightening torques: M8 = 40 Nm , M10 = 70 Nm .
* Press ABS wheel speed sensor into wheel bearing housing until impact and insert cable into bracket on brake caliper.
* Bolt in outer joint of drive axle

Note: Vehicle must not contact ground when tightening outer joint of drive axle.

A second technician is required for the next work step:

* Technician 1: sits in car and operates the foot brake
* Technician 2: tightens hex bolt for drive axle Hex bolt M 14: 115 Nm

Hex bolt M 16: 190 Nm

* Mount wheel.
* Tighten hex bolt for drive axle. Only tighten when vehicle is standing on its wheels: accident danger. Hex bolt M14: 115 Nm + turn another 180

Hex bolt M16: 190 Nm + turn another 180
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:35 PM   #5
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Scroll down to "Changing a front axle on a B5".

Should hook him right up.
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:45 PM   #6
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Make sure you have



edit: you can get the 17mm axle socket on there too...usually the triple square is hard to find locally if you dont have it, i know napa and advance auto dont carry them.

If you need one right away i know the snap on guy does carry them in his truck.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:12 PM   #7
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You all are to be commended for the responses.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:24 PM   #8
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if there is a spring pin holding the axle against the transmission, you will need an appropriate size punch and a lot of tricep strength.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:26 PM   #9
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:27 PM   #10
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I have nothing more to add than "you did the right thing" by buying new axles. CV boots are a bitch.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:48 PM   #11
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17mm allen
6mm allen (preferably a 6mm 3/8 drive long ball socket allen)
10mm triple square (again a long version works best here)
varying 3/8 extensions (a 2' 3/8 extension comes in real handy)
3/8 socket wrench or 3/8 impact
1/2 drive socket wrench and impact wrench
17mm socket (for the lug bolts)

If no one else is around do the method they suggest in loosening the allen bolt that holds in the drive shaft into the hub.

If someone is there take off the wheel, install 2-3 lug bolts to hold the rotor in place to the hub. With both front wheels off of the ground have someone hold on the brakes and loosen those 2 17mm allens.

After both the 17mm allens are loosened make it so that both front wheels are off of the ground and cycle the key (turn it on and then off but do not remove the key from the ignition). Remove which ever side shield (if not both at the same time) that cover the inner CV joint of the axle with the 6mm allens (3 for each shield). Now you should be able to see the 6 triple square per inner axle bolts. Remove all 6. Now move the inner axle joint as high and as far forward as you can. Steer the wheel in opposite direction of the axle you are pulling (so if you are doing the driver's side steer the front wheels to the right and vice versa). thread in the old 17mm slightly so you can push on the outer joint. With the inner as far forward and as high as you can get it you should be able to sneak the entire axle assembly out by then moving the outer cv joint around some and **** it out towards the rear of the car. You can do this without removing any suspension or brake parts on a 2.8L.

Install in reverse order.
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