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Hello,

So regardless of why it happened, I had a low velocity collision on the front left side of my '99 Mk4 with a brick mailbox. I've included some photos of the damage.

You can see the spindle (Volkswagen calls it a knuckle?) to tie rod connection is completely sheared off. Additionally, I know the front half-shaft is bent and needs to be replaced. I was planning on replacing the tie rod. Does it look like anything else needs to be replaced?

When I put the car in gear, it revs, but nothing moves, and it feels like the car is neutral or not engaged. Is this because one of the half-shafts is disconnected?


Best regards,
Todd

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If any of the shafts are disconnected, it won't move. I found that out in real-time
when one broke in traffic on a former 2008 Pontiac Vibe... Stopped at a light,
turned green, I hit the gas and all I got was grinding and no forward movement.
Since I was blocking traffic, and no one would help me push it up the hill a few
feet then down a right turn hill into a parking lot (people deiced to yell
expletives instead, nice humans); a state trooper impounded the car.

Does it look like anything else needs to be replaced?
Lower control arm, or the ball joint. I would do the arm, as the bushings
would also have taken a hit, and took lots of life out of them.

A new strut, or bearing cap, you won't know till you have the strut
inspected.

Wheel bearing goes on the knuckle. They both should be fine.

Make sure the inner tie-rod is not bent.
 

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Depends... If you can get the hub off, then the axle will pop out
of the transmission. The end of the axle goes into the wheel bearing/hub,
one big bolt holds it in place. Then there are four bolts that fasten the
hub to the knuckle. A long as the hub comes off, the shaft will also
come off.

Depending on how much movement the shaft has, once the nut is off,
you can pop it back out of the hub... Seeing as yours is bent, the
wheel bearing/hub will probably have to come off...
 
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