Have you experienced steering wheel vibration, braking vibration, experienced pull when braking or accelerating, experienced sudden brake and steer when passing over a puddle hole, have you noticed uneven wear on your tires. If you have noticed one or the other of these troubleshooting symptoms your lower front Table bushings or back table bushings or tie rodes, or ball joint might have just passed away.
Trouble shooting worn table bushing is quite simple, jack up the car and try juggling the wheel back and forth, front and back, left to right, there should't be any play, if there is any play, you might have a worn out suspension component. They will require further visual inspection to see if a ball joint is torn or has too much play or to see if your bushings are torn.
Changing bushings is quit simple as you will see in this simple step by step tutorial. I have added steps explaining how to change ball joints because mine was worn out but yours might not be.
1. First thing first, jack up the car.
3. Remove tire and make visual inspection of ball joint and front and back table bushings
6. Unscrew and remove back suspension table bolt
7. If you want to swap ball joint with new ones, don't bother, remove lower ball joint bolts, **If you want to fit them back in, here is an awesome trick, paint the suspension table and ball joint lower bolts so you could put bolts back at there exact location when you reassemble therefore minimizing risks of needing to aligning car in Garage.
12. Remove second bushing, I used heat, never the less, this one isn't easy, a hydraulic press would certainly make the job much easier.
18. Lift suspension table using jack to align and screw control arm linkage bolt
(This tutorial applies to all volkswagen mk4 models including Golf, Jetta, Beetle, for 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2004 2005, Vr6 Tdi and 1.8T )