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Volkswagen Tiguan Service and Repair Manual: Rear Axle, Removing and Installing

Special tools and workshop equipment required

  • Torque Wrench 1332 40-200Nm -VAG1332-
  • Engine and Gearbox Jack -VAS6931-

Removing the Subframe and its Attachments


Please note that the vehicle must be resting on all four wheels for assembly work later where the multi-point bolt for the driveshaft must be loosened. Twelve-point bolt with ribs, loosening.

Twelve-point bolt without ribs, loosening.

  • Remove the wheels.
  • Remove the coil springs.
  • Remove the rear muffler.
  • Disconnect the electric connections between the rear axle and the body.
  • Remove the bolt -arrow-.

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  • Remove the clip -1-.

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Do not disconnect the brake line.

  • Disconnect the parking brake connectors from the brake caliper.
  • Remove the brake calipers on both sides and tie them to the body with wire.

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Remove retainer -1-, pressing out inner pins of rivets -arrows A-.

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  • Remove line -1- at mounting bracket -arrow A-.
  • Mark installation position of mounting bracket -2- on body.
  • Remove the bolts -B arrows-.
  • Disconnect Left Rear Level Control System Sensor -G76- connector.

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  • Check whether there is a marking (colored point) -arrows- on joint washer or final drive flange. If there is no mark, mark the position of the flexible disc and final drive flange to each other -arrows-.
  • Disconnect Right Rear ABS Wheel Speed Sensor -G44- and Left Rear ABS Wheel Speed Sensor -G46- connectors.

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  • Remove rear driveshaft tube from rear final drive with joint washer and vibration damper -arrows-.

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  • Remove the center bracket bolts -arrows- two turns.

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  • Support the driveshaft -A- on the tunnel support -1- with a wood block.
  • Move rear driveshaft tube as far as possible in direction of transmission.
  • Disconnect connector to Haldex clutch above final drive.

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  • Now secure vehicle on both sides to lifting arms on hoist with Tensioning Strap -T10038-.

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If vehicle is not secured, it could slide off of hoist.

  • Place the Engine/Gearbox Jack - VAG1383A- with Universal Support Plate -VAG1359/2- below subframe and secure with strap.

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To secure the subframe, Locating Pins -T10096- must be screwed in one after the other on both sides of the vehicle at positions -1- and -2-.

Remove hex head bolt -1- or -2- on both sides.

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Only the left side of the vehicle is shown in the illustration.

  • Location position of subframe with Locating Pins -T10096-.

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Locating Pins -T10096- may only be tightened to a maximum of 20 Nm, since otherwise the threads of the locating bolts will be damaged.

  • Replace the bolts of the subframe one after the other on both sides using Locating Pins -T10096- and tighten them to 20 Nm.

The subframe position is now secured.

  • Carefully lower the subframe with its attachments approximately 2 cm.
  • Unclip the brake line on both sides -arrow-.

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When doing this, the clips will be destroyed and must be replaced.

  • Remove the brake line above the drive axle flange on the transmission-1- from the clips -arrows-.

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When doing this, the clips will be destroyed and must be replaced.

  • Carefully lower subframe with components.


Make sure there is enough clearance for brake lines, electrical lines and driveshaft centering pin when lowering.

Installing the Subframe with Attachments

Install in reverse order of removal. Note the following when doing so:


Replace the destroyed brake line clips on the subframe.

  • When installing the wires for the electrical parking brake, make sure the dimension -a- between the connector -1- and the retainer -2- is exact.

Dimension -a- = 150 mm

Connect the driveshaft to the rear final drive.

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Tightening Specifications

Component Tightening Specification
Subframe to body
  • Use new bolts.
90 Nm +90º
Shock absorber to wheel bearing housing. 180 Nm
Mounting bracket to body
  • Use new bolts.
50 Nm + 45º
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