Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Shock Absorbers

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Removal & Installation



The 1998-00 Passat Front Wheel Drive (FWD) models are the only models covered in this manual 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. Remove the lower shock-to-axle beam mounting fasteners and remove the shock.
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  9. Installation is in reverse order of removal. Note the following procedure and torque specifications:
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    1. Tighten the upper shock mount-to-body nuts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
    2.  
    3. Install a new lower shock-to-axle beam bolt and nut hand tight, and then carefully lower the vehicle.
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    5. With the vehicle on its wheels, tighten the lower shock bolt to the axle beam is 2 steps:
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      Step 1: 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
       
      Step 2: 90° ( 1 / 4 turn)
       





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Fig. The shock is attached to the axle beam via a bolt and a self-locking nut

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove wheel.
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  5. Remove wheel housing liner.
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  7. Remove coil spring.
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  9. Remove upper shock absorber bolts.
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  11. Remove lower shock absorber bolt.
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  13. Remove shock absorber.
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To install:

  1. Installation is performed in the reverse order of removal. Note the following:
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  3. Install shock absorber and tighten the upper bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (50 Nm), plus an additional 45°.
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  5. Tighten the lower bolt.
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  7. Install coil spring.
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  9. Install wheel housing liner.
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  11. Install the rear wheel and lower the vehicle.
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  13. With the vehicle sitting on all 4 wheels, tighten the lower shock absorber bolt to 17 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
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Testing & Inspection



Please refer to the front shock absorbers for testing procedures.

While each shock absorber can be replaced individually, it is recommended that they be changed as a pair (both front or both rear) to maintain equal response on both sides of the vehicle. Chances are quite good that if one has failed, its mate is weak also.

 
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