Seat Leon >> Removing and installing swivel joint

Special tools and workshop equipment required

  • Ball joint puller - 3287 A-
  • Rotation angle spanner - V.A.G 1756-
  • Insertable ring tool - V.A.G 1332/10-

Special tools and workshop equipment required

  • Puller - T10520-

Front suspension


  • Loosen drive shaft bolt at wheel hub.

Wheel bearings must not be subjected to load after loosening bolt securing drive shaft at wheel hub.

If they have to support the weight of the vehicle they will be damages and their service life will be reduced.

It is not permissible to turn drive shaft bolt more than 90º anticlockwise if vehicle is standing on its wheels.

Do not attempt to move the vehicle without the drive shafts fitted; this would result in wheel bearing damage. If it is necessary for a vehicle to be moved, please comply with the following instructions:

  • Install an outer joint instead of the drive shaft.
  • Tighten outer joint to 120 Nm.
  • Loosen wheel bolts.
  • Remove front wheel on affected side.

Vehicles with vehicle level senders

  • Remove nut -1-.
  • Pull bracket -2- for front left vehicle level sender - G78- and/or for front right vehicle level sender - G289- out of suspension link -3-, as applicable

Front suspension

Continuation for all models:

  • Unscrew nuts -arrows-.
  • Pull drive shaft slightly out of wheel hub.

If the drive shaft cannot be pulled out of the wheel bearing by hand, use press tool - T10520- .

Front suspension

Before using press tool - T10520- ensure that thrust piece -1- is inserted.

Front suspension

Using press tool - T10520- :

  • To be able to press out the drive shaft -3-, secure press tool - T10520- -1- to the wheel hub -2- using 3 wheel bolts.

Front suspension

  • It is essential to follow specified sequence.

I - Tighten knurled nut -1- hand-tight.
II - Turn only bolt -2- using a spanner in order to press out drive shaft with press tool - T10520- .

Note At the end of the procedure or for pressing out drive shaft further the spindle must be moved to its original position in order to deploy the hydraulic force!

  • Pull swivel joint out of suspension link.
  • Bend suspension link downwards as far as necessary.

Front suspension

  • Loosen nut from suspension link -2- but do not remove completely.

Loosen the bolt by a couple of turns and leave on the ball joint to protect the thread.

Front suspension

  • Press swivel joint off wheel bearing housing using ball joint puller - 3287 A- -1-.
  • Unscrew nut, and remove swivel joint -2-.


Carry out installation in the reverse sequence, noting the following:

  • Fit swivel joint in wheel bearing housing.
  • Fit drive shaft in wheel hub.
  • Screw on new self-locking nut and counterhold with Torx key - T40- .
  • Tighten nuts -arrows-.

Front suspension

Note Ensure that bellows are not damaged or twisted.


  • Lever on vehicle level sender must face towards outside of vehicle.
  • Thread of vehicle level sender must be screwed into outer hole in suspension link. Retaining lug for vehicle level sender must engage in inner hole in order to guarantee correct installation position.


  • Fit and secure wheel.
  • Tighten drive shaft bolt at wheel hub.

Note During this step, vehicle must not be standing on its wheels or wheel bearing will be damaged.

  • On vehicles with vehicle level sender, carry out basic settings for wheel damper electronics - Vehicle diagnostic tester.
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