DIY Tips: Changing Ball Joints on a 2001 VW Jetta


The ball joint of the VW Jetta is used, as in all cars, with the steering system helping to rotate the wheels, and they will eventually wear down, which will lead to problems with the steering. They are connected to a steering buckle for each wheel and changing these can prove to be a challenging task, but here are some tips to make this DIY project a bit easier if you drive a Volkswagen Jetta.

  • Lift the front end of the car by placing it on jacks or a wheel ramp and remove the wheels
  • Loosen the nut that connects the ball joint with a wrench
  • By using a ‘picklefork’, you must loosen the ball joint from the knuckle and remove the nut connecting the joint
  • Make a mark on the control arm with chalk where the ball joint bolt heads connect
  • Remove the retaining plate of the control arm and take the ball joint off the arm
  • Place the new ball joint to the control arm and tighten the bolts
  • Put the steering knuckle back on the control arm and tighten it
  • Place the wheel back on the car and lower

By following those steps you will have successfully changed the ball joints on your Volkswagen Jetta.

Volkswagen Jetta DIY

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