Adding a nice summary by Doogie from the Yahoo List (below), but for some great How-To detail regarding the Lower Contol Arm work, check this LINK.
Thanks Tim. Wow, those LCA’s on your car were for sure worn out, but the sway bar bushings you could see daylight through them! J I bet after your alignment it felt like a new car! Your aluminum skid plate makes me feel like I should bite the bullet and get one asap! Btw, I like getting dirty! Makes me feel like I’m doing something!
Thanks to Eric for the quick ride down to the hardware store to get a replacement bolt. For those of you who didn’t make it, Tim’s mega-muscle strong-arm approach to removing the bolt that holds the torsion-bar dog-arm-to-LCA was too much for the 10 year old bolt, and it snapped off after about ½ inch removal.(He’s such a BRUT!) Thankfully we didn’t have to deal with removing the remaining bolt, as it was stuck in the old LCA, which he had purchased a new one. So, all we needed was a replacement bolt.
Eric took us down to the local hardware store, where a misplaced broken curb jumped out in front of us, and POP! Busted a tire on his spanking clean 2012 Passat L Tim and I were amazed at how much room that thing has, and were quit envious of it. Feeling bad about the tire pop, we jumped right on it like an Indy 500 pit crew, and had it swapped out before Eric could say “WOW! Now I’m Glad I got the Road Hazard warranty!” His beautiful little (big?) Passat only has 3000 miles on it! Quite a little thing it is!
I kinda wish we had a sensor to replace Mike’s L He drive all the way from the other side of town (Batavia) to hang with us, but the most we could do was ‘poke around’ since we couldn’t swap the sensor. Mike told us about his cars, and his neighbors cars, and we decided we DEFINITLY want to hold the next GTG at his place!
We got the pizza order in a little late, so we weren’t really chowing down until about 3:00, but the pizza was super good, and the talk with Eric and Mike and Jim was going full bore, so Tim and I took a crack at my little Beatle. A quick bushing replacement was all I was after, but I did have the opportunity to do some tire re-arrangement, which was good.
Thanks again to the club for the grub, and I think the next GTG should be in the Spring, when we can count on the weather to be able to wash down our beloved little TDi’s. The rain held off for our entire event, but about 30 minutes after Eric left, it started really raining! Next time, hopefully we can get a nice warm Spring day, so we can wash the cars!
See you next time!