Monday, 29 December 2014

Replacing Rear Shock Absorbers and Top Mounts on VW Golf MK4

Replacing the rear shock absorbers on a VW Golf MK4 is a pretty simple job to do. There are only 3 bolts that hold the shock absorber in place and as the shock is separate to the springs they can remain untouched while you remove the shock absorber.

When I replaced the shock absorber on my VW Golf MK4 TDI I decided to replace the top mounts as well as the bolts that attach to the axle. As the car has done nearly 250,000 miles it seemed a reasonable time to refresh the suspension.

The lower bolt attaching the shock absorber to the axle was the hardest to remove but thanks to an impact wrench it came off more easily than by hand.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

VW Golf Indicator Continues Clicking Noise After Turning and Indicator Cancelled

The indicator in my VW Golf has started to carry on clicking after the indicator stalk is cancelled and teh car is now longer showing the indicator lights. It appears to occur more when turning the wheel after indicating. The steering wheel in the Golf has the multi-function controls for adjusting the radio as well as the controls for setting and cancelling the cruise control.

It looks like the fault with the indicator clicking noise is a known issue and can be fixed by removing the steering wheel and cleaning the contacts for the indicator stalk - another job for the list!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Removing Headrests from VW Golf Seats

I've been asked how to remove headrests from the seats in a VW Golf. It's an easy procedure as you can see in this video

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

VW Golf Sunroof Leaking - Rear Drain Hole Locations - How to clear blocked sunroof drain valves

Water has been leaking into my VW Golf MK4 and it appears to be coming from the sunroof where the drain holes are blocked so the water backs up and runs into the headlining.

Where are the Sunroof Drain Hole Locations in a VW Golf?

The front drain nipple locations are easy to find as they are visible when the driver and passenger doors are open just below the hinge. They are the black pipes with flat ends and if you squeeze them then crud and water should come out.

The rear sunroof drain pipes run through the headlining of the car to drain holes behind the rear bumper. It is just about possible to access them from underneath the car but I found it far easier to remove the bumper to access the rear sunroof drain locations. In order to access the bolts to remove the bumper you also need to remove the rear lights but those can be done by removing 3 nuts each side and the bumper can then be removed with 4 bolts and 3 screws in the wheel arch each side.

VW Golf Sunroof Leaking - Drain Hole Locations
VW Golf Sunroof Leaking - Rear Drain Hole Locations

VW Golf MK4 rear bumper removal
VW Golf MK4 rear bumper removal