Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8P1) 1.2 TSI, AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 1.2 TSI, AUDI A3 Convertible (8P7) 1.2 TFSI

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Tools you might need:
Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #18
Drive socket # 16
Drive socket # 18
Torx bit T27
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Shock absorber socket #DD6
Crow bar
Vice
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
All the parts you need to replace – Shock Absorber for A3 Sportback (8PA) and other AUDI models
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Shock Absorber
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AUDI A3 Hatchback (8P1) 1.2 TSI
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AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 1.2 TSI
Easy tricks to help you to replace Shock Absorber on AUDI A3 Convertible (8P7) 1.2 TFSI
AUDI A3 Convertible (8P7) 1.2 TFSI
Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Professionals recommend:
  • Both shock absorbers of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock absorbers of the rear suspension.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Take the following steps:
  1. How to change Shock Absorber on Audi A3 8pa 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. How to replace AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2.0 TDI 16V 2004 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Audi A3 8pa 1.9 TDI 2005 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 3
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
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    Step 4
    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  5. How to remove AUDI A3 1.6 2007 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 5
    Remove the wheel.
  6. How to replace Shock Absorber on AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2008: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 6
    Clean the fasteners of the locker.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  7. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Audi A3 8pa 1.4 TFSI 2009 - download illustrated guide
    Step 7
    Unscrew the wheel arch cover fasteners.Use Torx T27.
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    Step 8
    Move the part aside.
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    Step 9
    Clean the shock absorber fasteners.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  10. AUDI A3 2.0 TDI quattro Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 10
    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber.Use a combination spanner #18.Use a drive socket #18.Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Replacing Shock Absorber on Audi A3 8pa 2003 2.0 TDI 16V by yourself
    Step 11
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  12. A3 Sportback (8PA) 1.6 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 12
    Remove the fastening bolt.
  13. How to change Shock Absorber on AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2005 - tips and tricks
    Step 13
    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #16.Use a ratchet wrench.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Audi A3 8PA – To avoid injury, hold the shock absorber while unscrewing the fastening bolts.
  14. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Audi A3 8pa 2006 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Step 14
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
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    Step 15
    Remove the shock absorber.
  16. How to change Shock Absorber on Audi A3 8pa 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 16
    Grip the shock absorber in a vice.
  17. How to replace AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2.0 TDI 16V 2004 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 17
    Remove the protective cap of the shock absorber mount. Use a crowbar.
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    Step 18
    Clean the shock absorber rod fastener.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
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    Step 19
    Remove the shock absorber piston rod fastening.Use a shock absorber socket DD№6.Use a drive socket #16.Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. How to remove AUDI A3 1.6 2007 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 20
    Remove the shock absorber mount, boot and bump stop.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Τhoroughly examine the shock absorber mount, dust boot, bump stop. Replace them if necessary.Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  21. How to replace Shock Absorber on AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2008: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 21
    Install the mount, boot and bump stop onto a new shock absorber.
  22. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Audi A3 8pa 1.4 TFSI 2009 - download illustrated guide
    Step 22
    Screw the shock strut piston rod upper fastening.Use a shock absorber socket DD№6.Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 45 nm torque.
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    Step 23
    Treat the shock absorber rod fastener.Use copper grease.
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    Step 24
    Install the protective cap of the shock absorber mount.
  25. AUDI A3 2.0 TDI quattro Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 25
    Release the vice and take out the shock absorber.
    Step 26
    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats.Use a wire brush.Use WD-40 spray.
  26. Replacing Shock Absorber on Audi A3 8pa 2003 2.0 TDI 16V by yourself
    Step 27
    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and secure it.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the shock absorber while screwing in the fastening bolts. Audi A3 8PA
  27. A3 Sportback (8PA) 1.6 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 28
    Install the fastening bolt.
  28. How to change Shock Absorber on AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2005 - tips and tricks
    Step 29
    Screw in the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #18.
  29. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement Audi A3 8pa 2006 1.6 Shock Absorber
    Step 30
    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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    Step 31
    Tighten the top shock absorber fastening.Use a drive socket #16.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 50 Nm torque.
  31. How to change Shock Absorber on Audi A3 8pa 2003 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 32
    Treat the shock absorber fasteners. Use copper grease.
  32. How to replace AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2.0 TDI 16V 2004 Shock Absorber - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 33
    Tighten the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #18.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 90 Nm torque.
  33. Audi A3 8pa 1.9 TDI 2005 Shock Absorber replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 34
    Remove the support from under the arm.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Audi A3 8PA – Do not lower the transmission jack sharply to avoid damaging components and mechanisms of the car.
  34. Changing Shock Absorber on AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 1.6 TDI 2006 by yourself
    Step 35
    Install the wheel arch cover to its mounting seat.
  35. How to remove AUDI A3 1.6 2007 Shock Absorber - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 36
    Screw in the fasteners.Use Torx T27.
  36. How to replace Shock Absorber on AUDI A3 Sportback (8PA) 2008: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 37
    Treat the shock absorber fasteners. Use copper grease.
  37. How hard is it to do yourself: Shock Absorber replacement on Audi A3 8pa 1.4 TFSI 2009 - download illustrated guide
    Step 38
    Treat the surface where the brake disc contacts the wheel rim. Use copper grease.
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    Step 39
    Clean the brake disk surface.Use a brake cleaner.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  39. Changing of Shock Absorber on Audi A3 8pa 2011 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 40
    Install the wheel.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Audi A3 8PA. Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when screwing in the fastening bolts.
  40. AUDI A3 2.0 TDI quattro Shock Absorber replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 41
    Screw in the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.
  41. Replacing Shock Absorber on Audi A3 8pa 2003 2.0 TDI 16V by yourself
    Step 42
    Lower the car and working in a cross order, tighten the wheel bolts.Use wheel impact socket #17.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 120 Nm torque.
  42. A3 Sportback (8PA) 1.6 2004 Shock Absorber DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 43
    Remove the jacks and chocks.
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