VW Passat & Audi A4 1990-2000

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

NOTE
For coil spring replacement on models equipped with rear strut assemblies, please refer to the front coil spring removal procedures.

1998-00 Passat FWD Models

The 1998-00 Passat Front Wheel Drive (FWD) models are the only models covered in this guide that Do NOT use a strut assembly for the rear wheels

  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle until the upper rear shock mounting bolts are accessible and remove the mounting bolts.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. With the help of an assistant, pull the rear axle downward and withdraw the spring.
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  9. Installation is in reverse order of removal noting the following procedure and torque specifications:
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  11. Upper shock mount-to-body: 33ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
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Fig. The upper shock mounting bolts can be accessed when the vehicle is raised a small amount-1998 Passat model shown



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Fig. An exploded view of a typical rear shock and spring assembly-Passat GLS model illustrated

 
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