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    Passat B7 Rear Wheel Bearing.

    I'm looking at changing a rear wheel bearing on my 2011 B7 Passat. As this is my first VW I'm wondering what the story is with releasing the rear brakes so I can remove the caliper and disc. Can I just leave the ignition on and the parking brake released, so the pads are free of the disc. How does everyone else do it, any help lads ?
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    I am shocked it needs replacing, are you sure it is not just a noisy tyre as is extremely common on this car? The caliper can be unbolted with its carrier just by having the handbrake off, to dismantle the pad carrier you must wind the handbrake motors off using a diagnostic system to put the system in maintenance mode. The 3C Passat takes a 32-mm rear wheel bearing, VW part number 1T0 598 611 B which is around 135 but we sell the Febi three piece kit for 73 including carriage and VAT. The worst part of the job is releasing and then tightening the bolt which requires a 3/4" drive M18 XZN and the specification is 200 Nm + 180 (1/2 turn) further. The first M18 XZN I bought (of the type of the left) sheared off whilst I was applying the 1/2 turn and left me in a painful crumpled heap on the floor. To apply this 1/2 turn we use a special 3/4" drive breaker bar with a six foot scaffold bar over the handle so we can apply the turn which is very difficult to do.



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    Thanks for the info Crasher, I have heard that bolt can be a pig to tighten. I'm sure it's a bearing, noise starts around 40mph up to about 50mph. Above that all you hear is road noise, which depending on the tyre, can be quite bad on these cars apparently. Like I said, it's my first VW after years of Fords and I'm still getting used to all the common problems on this model. You say you're shocked to hear of the bearing going, it's done 80k now, but it did seem to start making the noise all of a sudden, not the gradual kind of rumble you get when a bearing starts to fail. I jacked up the wheel to check for play but there's nothing, maybe I'll swap the wheel with the spare, just to eliminate the tyre.
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