Spring removal is not advises unless the proper tools and equipment are available. Compressed springs are extremely dangerous. Improper removal or the use of non-suitable tools or equipment could cause severe bodily injury. Do NOT proceed if safety is compromised.
- Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the strut from the vehicle.
- Clamp the Spring Compressor VAG 1752/2, or equivalent, in a vise.
- Install the strut into a suitable spring compressor.
- If installed, pry off the mounting bolt cap.
- Compress the coil spring and remove the self-locking nut from the dampening rod. Hold the dampening rod with a hex tool and loosen the fastener with a suitably cut away tool. If the fastener is a flange nut, replace the nut during installation. On early Passat models, the retaining nut is a slotted, threaded sleeve.
- Matchmark the position of the spring retainer plate and spring mount.
- Remove the spring seat and related components noting the order of removal.
- Remove the strut from the spring compressor.
- Release the tension on the coil spring, and remove the spring out of the compressor.
- Install the new spring into the compressor.
- Compress the spring and insert the strut through the spring.
- Install the spring seat and related components in the reverse order as they were removed and aligning the matchmarks.
- Install and torque the spring retainer-to-dampening rod fastener as follows:
1990-93 Passat Models:
Slotted nut-to-dampener rod: 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm)
1994-97 Passat Models:
Hex nut-to-dampener rod: 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm)
A4, 1998-00 Passat Models:
Flanged nut-to-dampener rod (replace): 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
- The balance of installation is in reverse order of removal noting the following:
- Carefully release the spring compressor and install the strut into the vehicle.