Apr 24, 2011
Are wishbone ball joints a pain to change on an A3 1.8T?
no not realy. there is 4 nuts that hold them on. 1 at top 3 at the bottom. undo the top one then get a ball joint splitter and seperate from the hub. undo the 3 underneath and its out.
when i did mine i replaced the hole wishbone, they arn't exspensive from you'r local car shop.
On the A3 it's a little bit more of a pain. As the ball joint sits closer to the driveshaft than on the S3, sometimes the you need to pull the drive shaft out of the wheel bearing housing if the top nut doesn't want to budge.
Thanks for the replys chaps, the only reason I will change just the joint and not the whole arm, is that a new one came with the car.
Also get the ball joints from audi. Superkarl fitted euro car parts ones and had a few fitment issues. I bought audi ones and they went straight on.
Jacked car up and took off the wheel to change the joint only to find that it looks like a new wishbone, so no need to fit the joint, result.
Just ordered my ball joints from audi will be fitting them this weekend.
Separate names with a comma.