Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Coil Springs

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removal & installation





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Fig. Matchmark the position of the strut to the spindle-knuckle before removal



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Fig. A typical strut type coil spring compressor



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Fig. Exploded view of strut assembly



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Fig. Install the strut rod boot as shown



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Fig. Install the spring



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Fig. The base of the spring must be seated against the bottom of the strut assembly



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Fig. Do not forget to install all of the necessary washers



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Fig. Next put on the spring retainer



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Fig. Turn the spring retainer to properly seat it on the spring



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Fig. Mate the strut bearing with the spring retainer



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Fig. Insert the spring plate retaining nut



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Fig. Once the spring is securely fastened on the strut and the upper spring plate retaining nut is tightened to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm), slowly and carefully remove the spring compressor

  1. Remove the strut from the vehicle.
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  3. Clamp the Spring Compressor VAG 1752/2 or equivalent in a vise.
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  5. Install the strut into the spring compressor.
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  7. Pry off the mounting bolt cap.
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  9. Compress the coil spring and remove the self-locking nut from the piston rod.
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  11. Matchmark the position of the spring retainer and spring mount.
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  13. Remove the spring seat and related components noting the order of removal.
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  15. Remove the strut from the spring compressor.
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  17. Release the tension on the coil spring, and remove the spring out of the compressor.
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To install:

  1. Install the new spring into the compressor.
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  3. Compress the spring and insert the strut through the spring.
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  5. Install the spring seat and related components in the reverse order as they were removed and aligning the matchmarks.
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  7. Install a new self-locking nut.
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  9. Reinstall the mounting bolt cap.
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  11. Release the spring compressor and install the strut into the vehicle.
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