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Old 10-10-2017, 11:30 AM   #1
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Rear wheel bearing replacement & jack stands

Hey guys,

I think I have a bad rear wheel bearing. I can hear some droning when I drive and it gets worse with vehicle speed. I jacked up the rear and and spun both back wheels by hand and I can hear louder noise from the rear left than the rear right.

I called the dealer and they said it would be $669 to replace 1 rear wheel bearing, which is more than I was expecting.

I did find a video on YouTube of someone changing a MK5 rear wheel bearing and it didn't look too bad (apart from possibly needing an impact).

First question: has anyone done it? Does anyone have steps/part numbers for our cars? I don't have a ton of experience but I've worked on my breaks and I have standard mechanics tools.

Second question: I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to get my MK6 on 2 jack stands. I've seen a video on YouTube of a guy with an MK7 put his car on 4 jack stands by jacking each corner and having the car teeter around. If you only have 2 jack stands, this doesn't work. The closest I got is the car on 1 stand. Let's say I want to lift the front: I jack the rear left super high, then slide a jack stand under the front left when the front wheel lifts up. But then when I go to the other side, I can't do the same for other side, because it will teeter and lean forward (where I want to put the stand). This, and the fact that the car is too low to work with rhino ramps makes this super frustrating. Am I missing something?
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:10 PM   #2
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:17 PM   #3
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I did both rear wheel bearings a couple years ago. Can’t remember any “steps,” just went to the dealer and bought two new bearings and put them on. It was pretty straightforward as I recall, but maybe there’s a DIY on here somewhere.

Can’t remember if I even used my jackstands. You’re not crawling under the car to do this, so just using a floor jack is fine, IMO.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:12 AM   #4
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I would also suggest floor jack supported by a jack stand of course.. you are going to do one wheel bearing at a time and those fricken carrier bolts are a mother phocker ... I bet you need heat to get them off or some really good leverage...
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Old 10-13-2017, 03:14 AM   #5
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Just do one side at a time.

Lift from the front pinch weld, and that'll lift up the whole side of the car. Place the jack stand under the rear pinch weld and then lower the jack & you're good to go

It's pretty straight forward/easy though. The carrier bolts are tricky/a tight space to get to and the axle bolt is torqued down pretty good too are the trickiest parts.

A DIY for the MK5 Rabbit/Jetta/GTI/GLI will be the same, btw
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:10 AM   #6
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