Audi Q7 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q7: Drive Axle, Removing and Installing

Special tools and workshop equipment required

  • Torque Wrench 1332 40-200Nm -VAG1332-

Removing

- Loosen the connection between the drive axle and wheel hub. Refer to → Chapter "Drive Axle Threaded Connection, Loosening and Tightening".

- Remove the front wheel. Refer to → Chapter "Wheels and Tires".

- Remove the shield or subframe shield upper section. Refer to → Chapter "Subframe Shield, Removing and Installing".

Q7 e-tron

  Caution

There is a risk of damaging the wheel bearing housing.

The slits in the wheel bearing housing must not be widened using a chisel or similar tool!

- Disconnect the threaded connection -1-.

- Remove the joint pins in the upper control arm -2- from the wheel bearing housing.

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  Note

Ignore items -3 and 4-.

Continuation for All Vehicles

- Remove the drive axle heat shield. Refer to → Chapter "Drive Axle Heat Shield, Removing and Installing".

- Remove the bolts -arrows- that connect the drive axle and flange shaft.

- Remove the drive axle at the same time do not damage the CV boot and the coating from the drive axle.

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Installing

Install in reverse order of removal and note the following:

- Tighten the drive axle to wheel hub threaded connection. Refer to → Chapter "Drive Axle Threaded Connection, Loosening and Tightening".

Tightening Specifications

  • Refer to → Chapter "Overview - Drive Axle"
  • Refer to → Chapter "Wheels and Tires"

Drive Axle Heat Shield, Removing and Installing

Left Drive Axle Heat Shield

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Left Drive Axle Heat Shield

Right Drive Axle Heat Shield

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Right Drive Axle Heat Shield

Drive Axle Threaded Connection, Loosening and Tightening

Special tools and workshop equipment required

  • Torque Wrench 80-400Nm -VAG1576-
  • 19 mm inner hex socket, commercially available

Loosen the threaded connection between the drive axle and wheel hub

- With vehicle still resting on its wheels, loosen the bolt -arrow- a maximum of 90º using the 19 mm inner hex socket, otherwise the wheel bearing will be damaged.

- Lift the vehicle just enough so that the wheels are hanging free.

- Apply the brakes (a second technician required).

- Remove the bolt.

Tighten the threaded connection between the drive axle and wheel hub

  Note

  • Replace bolt after removal.
  • Before installing, clean the threads in the CV joint/stub axle with a thread tap.
  • Wheels must not yet touch the ground when tightening the drive axle/stub shaft or the wheel bearing can be damaged.

- Apply the brakes (a second technician required).

- Tighten the bolt to 200 Nm.

- Lower the vehicle onto its wheels.

- Tighten bolt an additional 180º.

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