Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Coil Springs

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



This procedures is applicable to Dashers only and requires the use of either special tool VW 655/3 or a suitable spring compressor.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Raise the car and support it on jackstands. Do not place the jackstands under the axle beam.
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  5. Remove the wheel(s).
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  7. Attach special tool VW 655/3 between the axle beam and a prefabricated hook hung on the body frame above the beam. Use the special tool or a suitable spring compressor to compress and hold the spring.
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  9. Unbolt the shock absorber from the axle beam. Lower the axle beam just enough to remove the spring.
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To install:
  1. If necessary, transfer the compressor to a new spring. Remember, the compressed spring is under considerable pressure. Relieve the tension slowly, according to the tool manufacturer's instructions.
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  3. Install the spring.
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  5. Connect the shock absorber to the axle beam. Carefully remove the spring compressor.
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  7. Install the wheels, then lower the car to the ground.
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  9. Connect the battery cable.
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