CV Joint Maintenance
APPLICATION: This procedure applies to all Volkswagen’s with rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive fitted with IRS suspension, such as
the Beetle, Super Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Thing, Bus, Type 3 and Type 4. However, the details may be different on the model.
You will need some special tools for this operation. You will need a pair of snap ring pliers for removing the giant circlips
which hold the CV joints onto the axle shaft.
You will need wither a 6mm Allen Key
Or an 8mm 12 sided “triple square” this is not a TORX DO NOT use a Torx or an allen key if you have these type of bolts.
It will strip the bolts out and theey will have to be replaced.
26mm Socket, ratchet. Large flat head Screw driver, small flat head screw driver, a tub of grease. You will need LOTS of
Snap Ring Pliers
Allen Key for 3/8” Ratchet
8mm 12 Pt 3/8” Ratchet
Other Misc. tools needed
You should try to find grease that is labeled for use in CV joints. Volkswagen specifies 90g of grease per joint, you may want to go
above that a bit. You will probably be OK with 2 tubes of grease, allocating half a tube per joint. You will also want to find out what
you need ahead of time if possible. If you have cracked CV joint boots, order new ones. You are advised to only order new boots to
replace ones that are already deteriorating -- if you have old ones that are in fine shape, by all means continue to use them. This
warning is based on the spotty quality of aftermarket boots, some of which begin to crack all too soon after installation. Most boot kits
come with the boot, new hardware and a small tube of grease intended for one joint. You will likely not know if you need to replace
the CV joints until you remove the existing ones and clean and inspect them. There's no real need to replace the joints unless they have
been rendered unserviceable for some reason but if you like new ones, be prepared to shell out $200 for a set of 4, from OEM