Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Rear suspension strut and coil spring - removal and refitting
Suspension and steering / Rear suspension strut and coil spring - removal and refitting


Removal
1 Detach the trim panel from the top of the rear suspension strut within the luggage compartment.

2 Chock the front roadwheels and then jack up the rear of the vehicle and support on axle stands (see УJacking and vehicle supportФ).

Remove the rear roadwheel(s).

3 Support the weight of the trailing arm with a trolley jack.

4 Remove the cap from the top of the strut (see illustration). Unscrew the upper securing nut from the top of the strut, if necessary holding the rod stationary with a spanner.

8.4 Removing rear suspension strut top cap
8.4 Removing rear suspension strut top cap

5 Withdraw the dished washer then undo the second retaining nut and withdraw the thrustwasher and upper bearing ring.

6 At the bottom end of the strut, engage a spanner on the self-locking nut retaining the mounting bolt. Access is through the trailing arm tube (see illustration). Undo the bolt and withdraw it.

8.6 Rear suspension strut bottom mounting
8.6 Rear suspension strut bottom mounting

7 Lower the trailing arm as far as possible and withdraw the strut assembly (see illustration).

8.7 Remove rear suspension strut and coil spring downwards
8.7 Remove rear suspension strut and coil spring downwards

8 To remove the coil spring from the strut, undo the retaining nut then withdraw the spacer sleeve, lower bearing ring, upper spring seat and packing. Note how the packing is fitted for reference on reassembly (see illustration).

8.8 Rear suspension strut and coil spring components
8.8 Rear suspension strut and coil spring components

9 Withdraw the coil spring, rubber stop and ring with protective tube, bottom cap, packing piece and lower spring seat.

10 If the shock absorber is faulty, it will normally make a knocking noise as the vehicle is driven over rough surfaces. With the unit removed, uneven resistance tight spots will be evident as the central rod is operated. Check the condition of the buffers, bump stop and associated components and renew them as necessary.

11 Coil springs should only be renewed as an axle set and it is important to fit correct replacements only. The springs are colour-coded for identification.

Refitting
12 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Ensure that the coil spring is correctly located in the seats. Delay tightening the lower mounting bolt until the full weight of the vehicle is on the roadwheels.

13 If new coil springs have been fitted, it is advisable to have a rear wheel alignment check made by your VW dealer after an initial distance of 1000 miles (1500 km) has been covered and the springs have settled.


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